Twitter users eviscerated a recent a tweet from the official White House Twitter account which made the false claim that when President Joe Biden "took office," there was "no vaccine" for COVID-19 available.
The tweet was so off the mark that even liberal Washington Post fact-checker Glenn Kessler asked someone at the White House to "delete this false tweet."
On Thursday evening, the White House Twitter account attempted to high-five itself over the turnaround it claimed had been made since the end of the previous administration. It boasted that, at the time Biden took office, "millions were unemployed" and there was "no vaccine available," making the current administration seem more successful in its efforts to stop the pandemic.
The post stated, "When President Biden took office, millions were unemployed and there was no vaccine available. In the last 15 months, the economy has created 8.3M jobs and the unemployment rate stands at 3.6% — the fastest decline in unemployment to start a President's term ever recorded."
Twitter users from across the political spectrum immediately criticized the post.
"Who’s manning the @WhiteHouse Twitter account?" chief Washington Post fact-checker Glenn Kessler asked, and urged whoever it is to "Delete this false tweet."
He added, "Biden himself has said 8% of seniors had gotten the vaccine on the day he took office. Biden was one of them," linking to a fact-check piece he had written last year.
Donald Trump Jr., shared Kessler’s post and wrote, "Hello, Ministry of Truth, I’d like to report a problem."
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