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FLASHBACK: Biden blamed food shortages under Trump in 2020 on ‘lack of leadership’


President Joe Biden comes under fire on social media for clips released online from the 2020 election campaign in which he attributed food shortages to the failing leadership of then-President Donald Trump.

“We don’t have a food shortage problem – we have a leadership problem,” then-candidate Biden said in May 2020 at a virtual town hall while blaming Trump for food shortages during lockdowns in the government. coronavirus.

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“We have a lot of food,” Biden added. “It’s being plowed. You’ve – you’ve been euthanizing cattle and pigs. They’re there to make sure they pour thousands of gallons of milk into the ground. food shortage. It’s a lack of leadership – a lack of leadership. “

Biden added that if he had been president at the time he would have “ordered the government to buy food from farmers and send it to food banks” and that Trump “did not step up efforts” by not doing it.

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“I would harness the restaurant industry to help provide food to those in need and help millions of laid-off workers get back to work and back to work… it’s not rocket science. It’s leadership. . “

Social media users criticized Biden for resurfacing remarks like inflation jumped its highest in 13 as food prices for basic commodities have skyrocketed and bare shelves have become more prevalent.

“Who knew Joe Biden could predict in 2020 what would happen in 2021?” a Twitter user wrote while another posted sarcastically, “This has aged well.”

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The Twitter hashtag #EmptyShelvesJoe was trending on Twitter Thursday as supply chain issues forced the Biden administration to admit that he “cannot guarantee” that Americans will receive their Christmas packages on time.

“I just ran errands… again… thank you #EmptyShelvesJoe, I really love having to go every day now to find out what took a trip,” a Twitter user wrote with the hashtag and a photo of almost empty shelves in a grocery store.

Supply chain disruptions have hampered efforts to support the U.S. economy during the COVID-19 pandemic. Critical raw materials needed for construction and components such as semiconductors are scarce, while a labor shortage has contributed to a freeze on shipments at major ports.

Several large companies have noted increased costs associated with logistics and disruptions to their normal operations. The problems also impacted consumers in the form of empty shelves and higher prices, raising fears that lower spending could slow the economic recovery.

Food prices jumped 0.9% last month and are now up 4.6% annually, according to the index. The price of meat, poultry, fish and eggs has skyrocketed 10.5% this year, beef prices climbing 17.6%. Fruits and vegetables increased by 3%.

For Americans with a median annual income of around $ 70,000, inflation has forced them to spend an extra $ 175 per month on food, gas and shelter, the New York Post reported last week, citing Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody’s Analytics.

Earlier this week, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said supply chain “challenges” were “inevitable.”

Fox News’s Talia Kaplan and Thomas Barrabi contributed to this report