You know things are bad when the White House Twitter account is getting fact-checked. The Biden administration went ahead and deleted the tweet on Wednesday after it was fact-checked because it was missing key context.
“Seniors are getting the biggest increase in their Social Security checks in 10 years through President Biden’s leadership,” the administration claimed.
Twitter’s Birdwatch program, which was around long before the Elon Musk takeover, attached a note to the tweet that revealed the real reason seniors have gotten an increase on their social security checks.
“Seniors will receive a large Social Security benefit increase due to the annual cost of living adjustment, which is based on the inflation rate,” the note said, which included a link to the U.S. Social Security Administration. “President Nixon in 1972 signed into law automatic benefit adjustments tied to the Consumer Price Index.”
— Mark Bednar (@MarkBednar) November 2, 2022
When questioned why the tweet was deleted, White House press secretary said the tweet was "not complete."
“Look, the tweet was not complete. Usually when we put out a tweet we post it with context, and it did not have that context,” Jean-Pierre said. “So in the past, we’ve pointed out that for the first time in over a decade, seniors’ Medicare premiums will decrease even as their Social Security checks increase. That’s a little bit of context that was not included.”
Karine Jean-Pierre is asked why the White House deleted a tweet that took credit for the cost of living adjustment to Social Security payments (which was really due to Biden's inflation crisis).
She said they deleted it because "it was not complete." 🤔 pic.twitter.com/wDte4qJUE2
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