White House sparks outrage with tweet claiming July 4 cookouts will be CHEAPER this year despite inflation rising to highest level for 13 years and the USDA projecting groceries will be 3% more expensive in 2021
- The White House on Thursday tweeted a celebration of food prices
- They boasted about a price reduction but the total cost was a 16 cent decrease on last year
- The USDA have warned of rising inflation with the prices at raised levels
- Critics of the White House tweet also pointed out that gas prices easily wiped out the slight saving on food
The White House sparked outrage by posting a tweet claiming July 4 cookouts will be cheaper this year despite a troubling rise in inflation.
In a pun-heavy message, the White House tweeted that the Independence Day celebrations would be a bargain.
‘Planning a cookout this year?’ the tweet read. ‘Ketchup on the news. According to the Farm Bureau, the cost of a 4th of July BBQ is down from last year. It’s a fact you must-hear(d). Hot dog, the Biden economic plan is working. And that’s something we can all relish.’
The tweet was accompanied by a GIF laying out the price change for select food items.
The cost of two pounds of ground beef is down eight percent on last year; the price of a pound of sliced cheese and a 13-ounce bag of potato chips are both down one percent, and the cost of a half-gallon of vanilla ice cream is down five percent from 2020.
The savings amounted to a meager 16 cents – drawing an onslaught of mockery from Twitter critics who accused the White House of being ignorant and out-of-touch.
‘People love when politicians tell them life is easier than they think,’ Republican strategist John Ashbrook tweeted.
Former Republican National Committee official Liz Harrington wrote: ‘This reminds me of the passage in [George Orwell’s novel] 1984 where they celebrate the chocolate ration going up when it actually was reduced by 10 grams.’
Another user added: ‘Hey we’re raising taxes, spiking inflation, killing gas prices, shorting building supplies, shipping jobs back overseas. BUT HOT DAMN HOW ABOUT THESE PORK AND BEAN DEALS!!’
A fourth critic wrote: ’16 cents! Amazing work!’
‘This is hands down the most pathetic flex in world history,’ yet another critic wrote.
Several critics noted that the savings tweet flew in the face of recent reports from the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) – which recently noted that the consumer price index for grocery store and supermarket food purchases was up 0.7 percent over May of last year.
The USDA also projected that grocery store and supermarket prices would increase between two and three percent this year.
The savings amounted to a meager 16 cents – drawing an onslaught of mockery from Twitter critics who accused the White House of being ignorant and out-of-touch
Furthermore, gas prices are on the rise – wiping out the savings with the gas price rise.
The AAA reported on Thursday night that the national average price for a gallon of regular gas had risen to $3.12, the highest it’s been on Independence Day weekend since 2014.
‘Today, 89 [percent] of U.S. gas stations are selling regular unleaded for $2.75 or more,’ AAA spokesperson Jeanette McGee said in a statement.
‘That is a stark increase over last July 4 when only a quarter of stations were selling gas for more than $2.25.’