Biden’s Underhanded Attack On Trump

Gage Skidmore from Peoria, AZ, United States of America, CC BY-SA 2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

During his Labor Day address in Philadelphia, President Joe Biden criticized the previous administration’s performance, hinting at former President Donald Trump without mentioning his name directly. While speaking at the Sheet Metal Workers’ Local 19 branch, Biden highlighted Trump’s achievements (or lack thereof) related to job creation, pension management, and infrastructure initiatives.

Drawing attention to the nation’s declining infrastructure ranking, Biden emphasized, “We once boasted the world’s top infrastructure but have now slipped to the 13th position. Despite being a known real estate mogul, the former president did not significantly contribute to infrastructure improvement.” He went on to highlight how “Infrastructure Week” became a recurring joke during Trump’s tenure.

Reacting to Biden’s criticisms, Donald Trump’s 2024 campaign issued a statement. Steven Cheung, a spokesperson for Trump, retorted, “Joe Biden has harmed the American job market and caused inflation with his excessive government expenditure. Instead of meaningful contributions, his focus has been on personal financial gains at the expense of national interests.” Cheung continued by listing Trump’s accomplishments, including tax relief, regulation cuts, and the economic progress made before the pandemic.

President Biden further pointed out the contrasting job growth statistics during his and Trump’s presidencies. However, he did not acknowledge the historical low unemployment rates under Trump before the onset of the pandemic, nor the fact that many job losses and subsequent recoveries were directly linked to pandemic-related restrictions. Drawing a parallel between Trump and former President Herbert Hoover, Biden said, “It’s noteworthy that only two presidents, including the one before me and Herbert Hoover, left office with a net loss of jobs. An interesting coincidence, isn’t it?” Hoover’s term ended during the height of the Great Depression, leading to his electoral loss to Franklin Delano Roosevelt.