White House Hits Back At Jeff Bezos After He Praises Joe Manchin

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Damir Mujezinovic

Jeff Bezos, the founder and former CEO of Amazon, has become more active on Twitter in recent weeks, sharing his thoughts on various issues the United States is facing.

On Sunday, the billionaire took aim at President Joe Biden and the Democratic Party for gesturing at Build Back Better, a legislative framework that promised massive investments in social programs and infrastructure.

What Bezos Said

In a tweet, Bezos suggested that passing Build Back Better would increase inflation -- which is already far too high -- and wreck the economy.

He also praised West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin for refusing to back Biden's bills.

As reported by The Hill, the Amazon founder accused the Biden administration of trying "hard to inject even more stimulus into an already over-heated, inflationary economy and only Manchin saved them from themselves."

"Inflation is a regressive tax that most hurts the least affluent. Misdirection doesn’t help the country," he said.

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Days earlier, Bezos slammed Biden for suggesting corporations like Amazon should pay more in taxes in order to offset inflation.

The Democratic president said that inflation can be solved by forcing "the wealthiest corporations pay their fair share."

But Bezos was quick to hit back at Biden, suggesting that his statement was false and misleading.

"The newly created Disinformation Board should review this tweet, or maybe they need to form a new Non Sequitur Board instead. Raising corp taxes is fine to discuss. Taming inflation is critical to discuss. Mushing them together is just misdirection."

White House Responds

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The White House responded to Bezos on Monday, as The Washington Post's Jeff Stein reported via Twitter.

"It doesn't require a huge leap to figure out why one of the wealthiest individuals on Earth opposes an economic agenda for the middle class that cuts some of the biggest costs families face, fights inflation for the long haul, and adds to the historic deficit reduction the president is achieving by asking the richest taxpayers and corporations to pay their fair share," White House spokesman Andrew Bates said.

"It's also unsurprising that this tweet comes after the president met with labor organizers, including Amazon employees," Stein added.

Amazon Labor Practices

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As Stein pointed out, Biden recently met with Christian Smalls, the president and founder of the Amazon Labor Union.

Smalls paid a visit to the White House after attending a Senate hearing Amazon's labor practices.

At the hearing, Bezos' company was accused of violating labor laws and making it impossible for employees to organize and demand better wages and benefits.

Bezos himself was invited to testify before the Senate but declined to appear.