White House mocked for tweeting 16-cent drop in cost of July 4th cookouts: ‘Most pathetic flex in history’

The Biden administration is touting a whopping sixteen-cent drop in the cost of an Independence Day barbecue this year, but as inflation viciously bites Americans in the wallet the claimed reduction just doesn’t add up.

The explosive claim by the White House social media team to counter inflation fears on Thursday was mocked far and wide as they claimed the exact opposite of what everyone is experiencing over the holiday: “Planning a cookout this year?” the cringe-worthy tweet crowed. “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 tasteless and erroneous tweet also promoted the price change for certain food items. Reductions in pricing included a purported eight percent drop in the cost of two pounds of hamburger from last year. Also noted was the price of a pound of sliced cheese and a 13-ounce bag of potato chips, which they posit are both down one percent. Also highlighted was the cost of a half-gallon of vanilla ice cream which is allegedly down five percent from 2020.

All told, that’s a gigantic savings of sixteen cents. However, the White House should have checked with the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) before running with those numbers. Just last week they cited the consumer price index for grocery stores and supermarket food purchases which is up 0.7 percent over May of last year. They also indicated that prices will go up between two and three percent this year. Other economic experts fear it will be much more than that.

In another economic reality check for the Biden administration, the Labor Department reported that its Consumer Price Index indicated that inflation had risen five percent since May 2020. That’s the largest 12-month increase since August 2008.

Barbecue items such as hotdogs, ground beef, white bread, potatoes, bacon, pork chops, beer, and non-alcoholic beverages have risen approximately 77 percent in the last 20 years. Hamburger has risen in price the most. Since 2000, the cost of beef is reportedly up a staggering 135%.

The holiday revisionist pricing was mocked on Twitter: “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,” former Republican National Committee official Liz Harrington tweeted.

“With an unprecedented humanitarian crisis at our border, soaring gas prices, and more out of control spending that will cripple our future generations, the Biden Administration is bragging about saving us $0.04 on sliced cheese,” remarked Rep. Burgess Owens (R-UT).

Rep. Elise Stefanik also called out the increase:

Also not included in the Biden version of the cost of a barbecue on Independence Day is the cost of driving to get the food and the preparation it takes to hold a cookout. The cost of gas alone is a kicker in holiday plans this year.

“Today, 89 [percent] of U.S. gas stations are selling regular unleaded for $2.75 or more,” AAA spokesperson Jeanette McGee noted 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.”

Between massive inflation, the DHS warning on non-specific domestic terrorist threats from white supremacists, and a heaping side of social media censorship, this Independence Day is one for the record books.

The ridicule on Twitter over the huge savings touted by the Biden administration was epic:

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