Univision anchor Luis Carlos Vélez tore into President Joe Biden on his show Tuesday for repeatedly deflecting responsibility for the ongoing inflation crisis.
Earlier in the day, Biden delivered a major speech addressing inflation. In the words of the New York Times, Biden "tried ... to deflect blame for rising prices with a direct attack on Republicans for pursuing what he called an 'ultra-MAGA agenda.'" The Washington Post has already debunked Biden's narrative.
Speaking on his show "Línea de Fuego," Vélez urged Biden to stop playing the "blame game." After all, the proverbial buck is supposed to stop with the president.
"President Biden. Please. Stop the blame game and face the inflation problem in this country," Vélez began. "People just can’t take it anymore. Your words today just flabbergasted all of us.
"They weren’t just a washing of the hands in the face of a very difficult price situation, but they were also a shameless opportunity to attack Republicans," he continued, referring to Biden's speech.
"Solving this does not correspond, Mr. President, to your opponents. It does not correspond to the Federal Reserve. It does not correspond to business. It corresponds to you!" Vélez argued. "You must lead in order to provide solutions and persuade those whom you must govern."
After noting the inflation crisis is the worst America has faced in 40 years, Vélez mocked Biden by joking "the moon, stars, and sun" are "clearly" at fault for inflation.
"The worst part of COVID was two years ago, and we were already recovering economically when you arrived. It was the administration’s fault for handing out stimulus packages when people didn't need any more. And it is your fault that to this day we have not set in motion a plant solve the supply chain problem," Vélez charged.
"How much longer, Mr. President?" he asked. "People don’t eat off of politics. People eat from wages, jobs, and opportunities. The responsibility to do something falls solely on you, Mr. President."
Inflation remains near its 40-year high, the Bureau of Labor Statistics revealed on Wednesday. The agency said the consumer price index rose 8.3% last month compared to April 2021, CNBC reported, which was worse than economists predicted.
Americans should expect to spend more than $5,000 this year compared to last for essentially the same items because of inflation, according to Bloomberg.