President Joe Biden is taking credit for distributing direct payments under the American Rescue Plan last month, sending out a letter via the IRS. Former President Trump got roundly criticized for doing something similar, but no such attacks are being leveled at Biden for the letter.
Over the next few weeks, tens of millions of Americans who have received their third round of stimulus checks courtesy of the Democrats’ American Rescue Plan will be reminded of the supposed generosity in a letter from President Biden. Critics who castigated former President Trump when he sent out a similar letter are now slamming Biden for the move.
The letter even boasts underlined sentences highlighting that Biden was responsible for the issuance of the funds.
It may come as a relief that recipients are not being audited, but instead are receiving a form of alleged propaganda from the Biden administration patting themselves on the back for promises made and kept.
“A key part of the American Rescue Plan is direct payments of $1,400 per person for most American households,” Biden states in the letter. “This fulfills a promise I made to you, and will help get Americans through the crisis.” The funds that he is taking credit for reportedly came into being and were passed under Trump.
According to Newsweek’s Elizabeth Crisp, the administration originally claimed they were not going to do it but it happened anyway: “The White House had said last month that Biden’s name would not appear on letters tied to the stimulus checks, a la Trump, but I just got this in the mail…”
The White House had said last month that Biden’s name would not appear on letters tied to the stimulus checks, a la Trump, but I just got this in the mail… pic.twitter.com/w1xdwaK8e2
— Elizabeth Crisp (@elizabethcrisp) April 28, 2021
Asked after the passage of the administration’s COVID relief package, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki stated that Biden’s signature would not appear on relief checks. “This is not about him,” Psaki informed reporters in March. “This is about the American people getting relief, almost 160 million of them.”
The letter goes into other facets of the $1.9 trillion stimulus measure that was passed in March. It states that some of that “will help you as well.” Listed are “aid for small businesses, an expanded child tax credit for families, and resources to reopen schools safely.”
The left is pointing out that the letter acts as a reminder that if you haven’t received the stimulus check that you should check with the IRS.
The letter seems identical in its formatting to the one sent out by Trump when the first round of stimulus checks were mailed in April of 2020. Both letters were sent via the IRS on the White House letterhead. Both began by addressing, “My fellow American.”
Trump’s letter was branded as “self-aggrandizing … at taxpayer expense” by the center-left watchdog group, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington.
Noah Bookbinder, who is the president of CREW, claimed there were “aggravating factors” in Trump’s letter, such as using his own signature on the checks. Nevertheless, “this trend toward presidents sending self-serving signed letters at taxpayer expense is unfortunate regardless of who does it,” he noted, adding: “I hope that President Biden will not learn the wrong lessons from his predecessor and continue this kind of tactic.”
Chuck Schumer also actively worked to keep Trump from putting his name on any more stimulus checks.
Twitter nailed the President for his perceived hypocrisy and for using the IRS:
@mcollinsNEWS I’m waiting for your article about Biden and his stimulus letter. Since you did one about Trump… and even reached out to former IRS agents. I’m going to guess, you’re okay with Biden doing it. pic.twitter.com/loiva3TKmM
— Ryan Austin 🇺🇸 (@RynOstate) April 27, 2021
The letter came in a terrifying IRS window envelope. Didn’t appreciate that
— C. Huff (@Chris_Huff) May 2, 2021
Here I was thinking a letter from the IRS had info on when I’d get the $2500 back from that UI 2020 tax benefit that I had to amend for because they passed it months after I did my taxes.
Nope, it’s a letter from Joe Biden telling me he’s sending me $1400 I got last month.
— Your tea drunk uncle🦓♿️🏳️🌈🏴🚩 (@AgenderIroh) May 2, 2021
My USPS mail preview daily digest showed I was getting a letter from the IRS a few days ago and I’ve been sort of worried it might be an audit. It arrived today and turns out it was Biden reminding me that I got my stimulus check 😓 pic.twitter.com/UCIPF3rumo
— Nico Napolio (@NicholasNapolio) May 2, 2021
I had something from the IRS in the mail and I just knew it was a check. It’s a letter from Joe Biden, why he playing 🤚🏽😭
— key. (@keyyanaa) April 28, 2021
The “I gave you money” letter from politicians printed and sent to people at taxpayer expense is a bad look, whether it’s Biden or Trump signing them. pic.twitter.com/xL5VXAFtbN
— Heath Mayo (@HeathMayo) April 27, 2021
It explains why we got a letter that amounted to Biden campaign propaganda on a genuine IRS letterhead/envelope.
IRS always was swampy as hell.
— TheQuietOne (@NotBeingQuiet) April 28, 2021
Did we know this was going to happen after stimulus check? Fam member all got fabulous IRS letter signed by Biden about American Rescue plan. No need 2wait to sign checks just have IRS send out wonderful letter few weeks later making sure every damn voter knows why they got check pic.twitter.com/0VVs8neBpg
— North Texas Progressive (@NTXProgressive) April 27, 2021
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