February 19, 2021

Biden Townhall: A Sea of False Claims

  • Executive

By: Paul Brown

In Brief:

President Joe Biden made at least seven false claims at a CNN town hall on Tuesday. His erratic statements included a claim that the federal minimum wage rate of $7.25 (set in 2009) would be $20 now if it kept up with inflation. However, this is wildly inaccurate, as $7.25 in 2009 would be worth $8.98 in 2021. He also claimed that the vast majority of undocumented immigrants are not hispanic. Yet, Pew Research states that Latin Americans make up about 77% of the undocumented population. He made a number of other incorrect claims covering subjects including the Chinese workforce, vaccinations, tax breaks for racehorse owners, the Proud Boys, and refugees. 

The Background:

President Biden has made a wide-range of highly public gaffes over the years with increasing regularity as of late. These gaffes and speaking errors range from footage of him being excessively close and “handsy” with young women, to simple factual errors, to telling a black man who was questioning whether to vote for Biden or Trump that, “You ain’t black.” 

Whether these kinds of public mistakes are indicative of character issues, sloppy preparation, looseness with staff, or consistent mental decline is up for debate, but when outlets like CNN cannot deny the kind of errors President Biden is making, people should take note. 

Notable Quotes:

"For example, if it went -- if we gradually increased it -- when we indexed it at $7.20, if we kept it indexed by -- to inflation, people would be making 20 bucks an hour right now. That's what it would be." - President Joe Biden at CNN town hall

"The vast majority of the people, those 11 million undocumented, they're not Hispanics.” - President Joe Biden at CNN town hall

"And I came back and said they're going to end their One China -- their one child policy, because they're so xenophobic they won't let anybody else in, and more people are retired than working. How can they sustain economic growth when more people are retired?" - President Joe Biden at CNN town hall

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