You may remember in the run up to the general election House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) hung up Wuhan coronavirus relief and then tried to blame President Donald Trump for the effect on the economy that was largely due to Democratic lockdowns. Then after the election she basically admitted that now she was in favor of passing the relief because we “now would have a new president,” having achieved her aim.
Then before the Georgia run-offs, President Donald Trump advocated for $2000 checks in relief. Joe Biden and the Democrats promised voters $2000 check in order to try to get people in Georgia to vote for their extremely flawed candidates, Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock. They went everywhere in Georgia telling folks that voting for Democrats meant a $2000 check.
I don't know you tell me what this says to you pic.twitter.com/9BsCKwQepc
— Eoin Higgins (@EoinHiggins_) January 15, 2021
The check in this campaign ad sure doesn't fucking read $1,400.00. pic.twitter.com/qReorINQaH
— John, socialist Texan (@FLAContention) January 16, 2021
Biden said “By electing Jon and the reverend, you can make an immediate difference in your own lives and the lives of the people all across this country. Because their election will put an end to the block in Washington on that $2,000 stimulus check. That money that will go out the door immediately to help people who are in trouble.”
Well, guess what? Georgians learned the first lesson about Democrats: they lie. A lot.
Turns out we have Joe Biden’s first official lie or “first broken campaign promise,” according to NBC’s Medhi Hasan.
Mediaite is reporting that instead of the $2000 that people believed was promised, Biden’s only cutting an additional $1400 according to his stimulus plan.
Folks in Georgia feel particularly shafted and outraged. Mediaite interviewed people who said that was critical in their decision and felt betrayed. We told you folks, but you didn’t listen. Trump has made the economy work for people, Democrats are all words and spin for power.
Oscar Zaro said that Georgians in the 14th district were spurred on to vote more Democratic than usual this year because of that promise.
“The last few weeks heading towards the runoff election, especially after Trump endorsed the $2,000 payments, Warnock and Ossoff made it a point to endorse and exclusively say ‘$2,000 checks,’” he said. “A lot of the people in my district voted blue in the runoff for two main reasons: (1) Loeffler and Perdue denying us relief during COVID while profiting millions themselves; and (2) $2,000 checks.”
“They really underestimate just how much people are hurting economically,” Zaro added, referring to Democrats who he views as reneging on their word.
He wasn’t the only one.
Rogelio Linares, who hails from Atlanta, canvassed innumerable Georgia voters as part of one service industry union’s massive outreach program on behalf of the Democratic Party during the Senate runoffs.
“I was on the ground and I knocked over 1,000 doors,” he told Mediaite in an interview. “At the doors, I was literally telling people, ‘$2K checks, you can rely on this.’ I’m a man of principle and morals and I feel like shit. I lied to them. I was lying to them the whole time. I was lying to people that were relying on this. At the time I didn’t know it was a lie. But that was not the reality.”
Linares consistently reiterated that many Georgia voters feel taken advantage but crestfallen because there’s essentially nothing they can do about the Democratic Party’s abrupt reversal on the amount of direct aid currently being proposed.
“This is pretty much a betrayal of the working class,” he said.
“I know people are pissed off about it,” Linares continued. “People are very mad about it. We are so on our knees as a country–we don’t have much leverage. The working class, small businesses [who are] getting hammered. I’m pissed off, Everyone’s pissed off, union workers are pissed off. It’s sad. It’s absurd. It’s disgusting. But there’s not much people can do.”
Linares said “one hundred percent” believe it and were “definitely relying” on those checks.
“We were talking about $2,000 checks daily,” he continued. “We were pitching $2K checks because that’s what the campaigns were pushing as well. They were tweeting about it nonstop, posting on Instagram about it nonstop, the senators-elect themselves. They stabbed people in the back. The majority of people I worked with left their jobs for a month. They put their lives on hold and then [the incoming administration] went and stabbed them in the back.”
No, there should have been no confusion about the amount.
Anger at the quick turn is rife and could lead to electoral problems down the road in the recent and perilously blue state, Georgians insist.
“I definitely interpreted Warnock and Ossoff’s many advertisements and interviews where they spoke explicitly of getting people ‘$2,000 checks,’ as meaning $2,000 checks,” Atlanta, Georgia-based YouTuber Mac Holmes told Mediaite. “If they meant $1,400 on top of the previous $600, why continue advertising $2,000 checks after the $600 was already passed? That’s at best misleading and at worst an outright lie.”
“If voters thought they meant new, separate $2,000 checks, why not just do that?” Holmes continued. “The $2,000 checks were one of the main reasons Democrats flipped Georgia. If they want it to stay that way, they should be relentlessly fighting for the $2,000 checks many voters thought they were being promised.”
On top of all that, the word now is that the checks wouldn’t even be cut until at least March before the Democrats will even hear the proposed bill. So they’re able to impeach Trump on no evidence in a couple of days but they still can’t cut you checks they’ve been promising for months.
The Biden Transition team didn’t bother to respond to Mediaiate’s request for a response to their story. Of course, why bother? They got what they wanted, power. They don’t care about who they tricked or how they hurt them, much less credibility.