Biden caused a stir in Maryland as he coined a new nickname for rival Donald Trump. Criticizing the Republican’s loss of U.S. jobs during his presidency, Biden mockingly compared him to Great Depression president Herbert Hoover.
Donald ‘Hoover’ Trump
Biden appeared to be out for Trump’s blood as he spoke at a Maryland community college. “There are only two presidents in American history with fewer jobs the day they left office than when they started. One was President Hoover, and the other was Donald Hoover Trump,” said the president.
Hoover’s infamous legacy
Herbert Hoover is infamous in U.S. history for the high levels of unemployment endured during his presidency. Many were critical of his inability to adequately handle the crisis, and unemployment peaked at an unprecedented 25% under his rule.
Trump’s job loss
Biden underlined the disparity between Trump’s promises and actions. “And look, you may remember my predecessor promised to be the greatest job president in history. Well, it didn’t really work out that way,” he said. “He lost two million jobs over the course of his presidency. Two million.”
Biden’s job recovery
The president then highlighted his own success in creating jobs compared to Trump’s apparent shortcomings. “We’ve created 13.4 million new jobs,” Biden declared. “We not only recovered all the jobs we lost during the pandemic, we’ve added millions more.”
Work for Hispanic and African Americans
According to Biden, he has also been significantly more successful in creating work opportunities for underprivileged groups. “We’ve received record lows in unemployment, particularly, and I’ve focused on this my whole career, for African Americans and Hispanic workers and veterans,” he argued.
Biden follows through
The president also boasted that he had achieved “the lowest unemployment rate in 70 years for women.” Unlike Trump, he said, he fulfilled the employment promises he made before embarking on his presidency.
A female-dominated cabinet
Finally, Biden concluded his speech by proudly proclaiming, “I got more women in the Cabinet than any president has ever in history. I got more women than men in the Cabinet!”
Biden doubles down
According to HuffPost, Biden doubled down on his criticism of Trump by stating, “The guy who held this job before me was just one of two presidents in history … who left office with fewer jobs in America than when he got elected to office.”
Great Depression Donald
Implying that Trump’s effect on employment bore resemblance to the Great Depression, Biden remarked, “By the way, you know who the other one was? Herbert Hoover. Isn’t that kind of coincidental?”
Strongest economy in the world
Firing back at his Republican counterparts, Biden also stated, “All I hear from my friends on the other side is what they say is wrong with America. They keep telling us America’s failing. They’re wrong. I’ve got news for them: America has the strongest economy in the world right now, today.”
Trump fails to support governments
Biden is not the only one who has criticized Trump’s handling of the job economy. In 2021, William Spriggs, an economist affiliated with Howard University and the AFL-CIO, told The Washington Post the former president had failed to adequately support state and local governments. He emphasized, “And we lost more jobs in state and local government than we did the whole of the Great Recession.”
Biden adopts Trump’s nickname strategy
The video of Biden’s attack on Trump caused quite a stir on social media, garnering over 600,000 views and over 1,000 comments on X. Several spectators praised the president for turning Trump’s infamous nickname tactic against him. The Republican has coined many nicknames for his rival over the years, including “Sleepy Joe,” “Slow Joe,” and “Crooked Joe Biden.”