Washington Post National correspondent Philip Bump wrote on Thursday that the state of the country has “rarely been worse” than it is under President Biden, and berated the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) for what he called it a “shoddy” attempt to defend the administration.
“No one would say things are going perfectly for President Biden,” Bump wrote in a column Thursday. “Many, in fact, would point out that, at least politically, things have rarely been worse… so it’s safe to say that having your allies in place with such poor defenses as that won’t really help much. “
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Bump referred to a hugely misleading graphic posted on Twitter by the DCCC that praised Biden for lowering gasoline prices in an attempt to allay widespread frustration with soaring prices at the pump under his presidency.
“Thanks, @JoeBiden,” the official DCCC account posted with an undated chart showing gas prices down two cents from November 22-29.
Critics immediately flung themselves at the graph, with several Twitter users wondering if it was satire.
Bump called it possibly “the Biden administration’s worst defense to date,” noting that “since Biden took office, the price of gas has risen by more than a dollar on that same measure.”
“You’re not helping, DCCC,” he said.
“The DCCC not only wants to credit Biden for a drop in the price of gas, they want to credit him with a minuscule drop in gas prices. A drop that isn’t even the biggest drop we’ve seen this year; over a similar period in August, the price of gas fell by more than 1%, more than three cents, ”he wrote.
Bump acknowledged that the country may experience a spike in the price of a gallon of gasoline.
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He continued, “If so, that would definitely be good news and could even help reverse Biden’s approval rating. But the DCCC might be advised to wait until this turnaround is a little more substantial than it currently is before bragging about the president’s effectiveness. Or, at least, “he warned,” they may not want to try to prove their questionable point with a graph that shows how small the decrease has been ”.