Former Dem Senator thinks voters have the wrong ‘perception’: Biden admin really saved the economy

If you think the economy is in terrible shape, former Democrat Senator Doug Jones is here to tell you to get over it.

In fact, he thinks the economy is doing just fine, all evidence to the contrary notwithstanding. Appearing on MSNBC, Jones pooh-poohed any plebeian concerns about high gas prices and skyrocketing inflation and assured the American people that the economy is “really not doing too bad,” and that President Joe Biden and the Democrats should take credit for it.

There’s a good chance the GOP agrees with Doug Jones about that, at least.

The former Alabama senator was asked by MSNBC host Al Sharpton about how the Democrats should respond to those voters who blame Biden for their economic woes. To his credit, Sharpton pointed to numerous polls that indicate Americans strongly disapprove of Biden’s handling of the economy, and that it will factor into their decisions in the November midterm elections.

Jones waved away their concerns, and suggested it was all just a messaging problem, easily fixed by better “optics.”

“I think it’s a messaging issue as much as anything, Reverend,” he said. “I think what President Biden and the administration did was really save this economy. They came in with a COVID package that put some money back in the economy. When it came back in and started doing those things to get the economy rolling, we created…President Biden’s created more jobs than any president in history, I believe. At least in a very short time.

“You know the interesting part about this is the economy is really not doing too bad at all. What is the problem is the inflation, so there’s this perception—but interestingly, people are spending, they’re still…they’re still going, uh, they’re still traveling because wages are there, people are working, and wages have increased. It’s a very delicate balance, but I think it’s time for Democrats to start taking credit for the good things that are out there, and there is a lot of them.”

It wasn’t very convincing. Most voters are pretty gloomy about the economy and the country’s future, according to recent polls, and Jones’ forced optimism doesn’t seem to comport with reality.

“We will deal with inflation, the Fed is going to deal with inflation,” Jones continued, handwaving away the whole inflation problem as though it were a temporary nuisance. “I think President Biden and others, and Democrats across the country, need to quit bemoaning about all this, and start talking about the good things that this administration has done.”

And therein lies the rub, unfortunately for Democrats. There are precious few “good things” that this administration has done—at least for everyday Americans. Gas prices have doubled since Biden moved into the White House, and many Americans feel they are financially worse off now than they were two years ago.


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