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For the second time in a little over a week, a hashtag targeting President Joe Biden had the opposite effect. On Sunday, critics of the 46th President of the United States called him out, saying he “lied” about the size and speed of the stimulus controls promised during the campaign in the recent Georgia Senate runoff.
#BidenLied began to develop on Twitter after the Democratic Party shared a tweet on Sunday outlining Biden’s plan to send $ 1,400 worth of stimulus checks to most Americans. This would be on top of the $ 600 checks sent late last month.
The Democrats (@TheDemocrats) announced, “@ POTUS will build on the $ 600 down payment made by Congress last year and send an additional $ 1,400 to households across America, a direct payment of $ 2,000 per person. “
It didn’t take long for some to quickly call that they believed they were getting $ 2,000 on top of the previous $ 600.
One user on Twitter, @MichaelTanuvasa, was quick to respond, “You were promoting this when you wanted to win two seats in the Georgia Senate. Notice the part that has a check for $ 2,000 on it?” He also added a screenshot that included #VOTEWARNOCK – but it hasn’t been confirmed whether the Warnock campaign ever actually sent that picture.
The feelings were confirmed by the former Penn. Lawmaker Dean Browning (@DeanBrowningPA): “Joe Biden has been in office for 47 years. There are millions, literally millions of examples of times when #BidenLied.”
What’s noteworthy, however, is that this time around, it’s not just Republicans who proclaimed the president on social media. Much of the anger seemed to have come from the far left.
The progressive postcast host Ryan Knight @ProudSocialist also cited the amount: “$ 2,000 isn’t $ 1,400. So
@JoeBiden is either a liar or really bad at math. I go with liars. #BidenLied “
Activist Michael Raveles (@ravelesm) was one of the strongest critics this time: “So tomorrow is February 1st, 2021 and Joe didn’t immediately give the people the $ 2,000 checks he had promised. Many people will lose their homes because they didn’t. ” Get this money to pay for your rent or mortgage. Broken promises have real life consequences. #BidenLied “
There were nearly 25,000 tweets late Sunday morning – but most weren’t complaining about the size of the next round of stimulus checks. Similar to the hashtag #ImpeachBidenNow, which was trending in early January, #BidenLied was quickly hijacked.
Once again, Korean popular (K-pop) bands posted pictures and videos while others featured all sorts of memes under the sun or in the case of @ Guillermo76484. The poster took advantage of the winter storm that hit much of the country. “Today cats love the snow! #BidenLied”
Then there was the clever word game that really hijacked the hashtag.
Billy Baldwin (@BillyBaldwin) posted a photo of President Biden with First Lady Jill Biden and the message: “#Biden lay down to kick with Jill and relax after the masterful first 10 days in office and anything and everything Trump to delete.”
One user even pointed out that the hashtag could easily be misread, @alliumparadise remarked, “Why did my brain read #BidenLied as Bin Laden?”
That was a step backwards from #Nowthatcherisdead, which some users thought was “Now that Cher is dead” in relation to the singer / actress rather than the former UK Prime Minister. Others than suggested read the hashtag #BidenLied to mean something completely different.
@Lendreth remarked, “I read it in German … ‘Lied” means’ Lied “. So it’s BidenSong.”
It also seems that humor is not forbidden with President Biden.
@ benigma2017 poked fun at the President’s “liberal” use of past speeches, writing, “The
The @ joebiden library will be the only presidential library with a separate plagiarism wing. #BidenLied “