President Joe Biden's American Jobs Plan is pitched primarily as an infrastructure bill. However, it also includes a number of other proposals that aren't infrastructure investments but would fund programs that make it easier for working families to hold down a job. Some Republicans have seized on this to argue that the bill is loaded with wasteful spending.
But Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) on Wednesday revealed the extent of the GOP's messaging problem on the subject when she sought to attack what was in the bill — and noted that one of the unacceptable things in it was "$400 billion towards elder care."
President Biden’s proposal is about anything but infrastructure. https://t.co/fRtbPqg7QK— Sen. Marsha Blackburn (@Sen. Marsha Blackburn) 1617824831.0
Commenters on social media swiftly tore into Blackburn, noting that she essentially was selling one of the bill's popular provisions for Biden.
@MarshaBlackburn Why do you hate old people— Uniqua the Clown🗳 (@Uniqua the Clown🗳) 1617828347.0
Holy shit not elder care https://t.co/POg8e1ePIm— Mangy Jay (@Mangy Jay) 1617829777.0
“Fuck your grandparents,” yells area grandmother https://t.co/U7opMC1vPw— Batswana Medallions 🧦🌋 (@Batswana Medallions 🧦🌋) 1617829807.0
This is like a Biden jedi mind trick — Republicans’ message is that Democrats are fighting too hard for America’s s… https://t.co/NMK01f3BWR— Matthew Yglesias (@Matthew Yglesias) 1617829721.0
Still blows my mind that Republican electeds don't even pretend to care about their constituents anymore. Hell, you… https://t.co/Q8Gjgb7qS7— Melissa Ryan (@Melissa Ryan) 1617829718.0
I mean, I get the underlying argument here, but good grief have someone glance over your choice of examples. Next u… https://t.co/UliVGxGcRV— Matt Glassman (@Matt Glassman) 1617829557.0
It feels like Biden is letting the Republicans throw him in the briar patch here. At some point he’ll say, “Republi… https://t.co/2XC7PA1os0— Bill Kristol (@Bill Kristol) 1617829530.0
A voter, somewhere: "I'm mad that money meant for bridges is going to care for vulnerable old people! Real mad!" https://t.co/tT3Jnjviea— Richard Hall (@Richard Hall) 1617829499.0
You'd think "Fuck Old People" would be a platform political parties studiously avoid in a country with a growing se… https://t.co/02oBEkL58K— Robert S. Hamer (@Robert S. Hamer) 1617829470.0
in 5-10 years when you're not a senator, replaced by a younger woman, have a lower platform b/c technology leans to… https://t.co/7QzFyOAQ2P— 🌸 (@🌸) 1617829494.0