(RightWing.org) – President Biden has attacked a conservative lawmaker with a deceitfully edited video — and now it’s gone viral. In fact the clip is the second most popular video Biden has released since his inauguration. But should our politicians be using dishonest edits to smear their opponents?
On July 16, Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) spoke at the Turning Point Action Conference in West Palm Beach, Florida. In a controversial speech, Greene compared Biden to previous Democratic presidents, Franklin D Roosevelt and Lyndon B Johnson. She highlighted Biden’s addiction to massive spending packages, drawing a link between his “Build back better” plan, Roosevelt’s New Deal and Johnson’s Great Society.
Greene’s point was that Biden is governing in the tradition of big-government, high-spending Democrat leaders, but the left has jumped on her comments. Mainstream media are pointing out that the programs brought in by Johnson — Medicare, food stamps and the 1964 Civil Rights Act — are actually popular with most Americans. That’s missing Greene’s point, which is about how much left-wing presidents spend, not what they spend it on, but the White House decided to run with the criticism anyway. On July 18, Biden tweeted a video, along with the comment “I approve this message,” showing clips of Greene’s speech set to upbeat music. The edited video makes it look like she’s praising Biden, which was definitely not her intention.
I approve this message. pic.twitter.com/f1q5giNM8j
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) July 18, 2023
A day after Biden released the video, it had already picked up 34 million views. That’s the second highest number of views for any video Biden has released as president; the only one that’s been seen more often is April’s re-election campaign launch. The attack on Greene is being relentlessly pushed by other Democrats, with California Governor Gavin Newsom and Representative Ilhan Omar (D-MN) among those who retweeted it to their own followers. Biden’s pushback against Greene might be misleading, but that isn’t stopping him from using it.
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