Critics blasted President Biden on Wednesday after he posted a tweet boasting about the state of the US economy and referencing “one analyst” who touted him as having the “strongest first-year economic track record” in half a century.
“We’re ending 2021 with what one analyst described as the strongest first-year economic track record of any president in the last 50 years,” read the message from the @POTUS account. “Let’s keep the progress going.”
Biden did not name the analyst, causing many to question the president’s sourcing after a year marred by soaring inflation, an ongoing supply chain crisis and the coronavirus pandemic.
“I didn’t realize April Fools’ Day was in December this year,” wrote Rep. Tom Tiffany (R-Wis.).
“This is the biggest joke I have ever seen. Record inflation, supply chain issues, common good shortages, gas prices that have nearly doubled in the last 12 months, medical tyranny & a pos president who forgets what he’s doing and saying almost every time he’s in front of a camera,” tweeted Missouri congressional candidate Brandon Wilkinson.
“Please tell us the name of the country where this happened,” wrote Jim Hanson, executive director of the conservative nonprofit America Matters.
Other users offered joking suggestions for who the analyst could be.
“Is that one analyst Hunter Biden?” asked former Utah US Attorney Brett Tolman, referring to Biden’s close relationship with his wayward son.
“That one analyst is Jim Cramer and he’s bats— crazy,” California congressional candidate Buzz Paterson wrote, referring to the CNBC “Mad Money” host.
Greg Price, a senior digital strategist for XStrategies LLC, responded to the president’s post with an image of the Jonas Brothers, Pentatonix, Benito Skinner — also known as Benny Drama — and a singing nurse.
“Which one was the analyst,” asked Price, referencing the fact that all four people or groups have recently appeared in videos put out by the White House
The White House confirmed to The Post on Thursday that the analyst in question is Matthew Winkler, the co-founder and former editor-in-chief of Bloomberg News.
In a Dec. 20 op-ed, Winkler claimed “U.S. financial markets are outperforming the world by the biggest margin in the 21st century,” adding that “America’s economy improved more in Joe Biden’s first 12 months than any president during the past 50 years notwithstanding the contrary media narrative contributing to dour public opinion.”
Winkler highlighted improving job markets, surging consumer credit, high corporate profits and large GDP growth as his reasoning for the strong economy.