During an interview with MSNBC's Stephanie Ruhle on Saturday, former Vice President and current Democratic candidate Joe Biden described Donald Trump as an economic failure whose policies have lowered the living standards of millions of Americans.
"What happened to the people in Scranton?" Biden asked, referring to the city of Pennsylvania where he grew up. "They can't pay their bills and they worry as hell about whether or not he'll touch their health care."
"Your standard of living has decreased, not increased," added Biden.
According to Joe Biden, the standard of living of millions of Americans has plummeted due to Donald Trump's economic failure. pic.twitter.com/FtCEWNmo6w
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What happened to the people in Scranton? They can't pay their rent. You are having trouble paying your mortgage. You have food shortages. They can't pay their bills and they are worried as hell about whether or not he will graze their health care, he will graze the educational aid, he will cut the amount of money for their public school. You worry about it. Your standard of living has decreased, not increased. This does not contradict saying that if you have a retirement plan you want that plan to increase in value because it is invested in the stock market. However, this is not the primary or only measure of whether or not people are successful. … Too many Americans, even though they are still employed, even though they have a pension – and many, many, many don't have a retirement plan – are wondering where I am going from here. How do I keep up? How do I pay my bills?
The Americans are worse off now than they were four years ago
After almost four years in office, Donald Trump has failed the most important measure for an incumbent president seeking re-election: whether the American people are better off now than when they took office.
As Joe Biden pointed out on Saturday, millions of Americans are unemployed and millions more fear the president may achieve his goal of dismantling the Affordable Care Act.
Trump has got millions of voters, especially from the Midwest, to trust him in business. As a result of Trump's failed response to the pandemic, these voters are now paying a heavy economic price.
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Sean Colarossi currently resides in Cleveland, Ohio. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and was an organizing fellow for both of President Obama's presidential campaigns. He also worked with Planned Parenthood as the Outreach Organizer of the Affordable Care Act in 2014, helping Northeast Ohio residents get health insurance.