This latest stage of the global pandemic has seen the world reopening, and the holiday season is practically here. This convergence of events led to a stratospheric increase in demand of goods, resulting in global supply chain issues.
President Joe Biden's administration took action to combat these issues, such as expanding the Port of Los Angeles' hours to 24/7, securing commitments from top importers to expedite shipping container removal, and signing off on 100 day reviews of vulnerabilities in the supply chain.
That didn't stop conservative pundits and lawmakers from seizing upon this vulnerability. Former presidential counsellor Kellyanne Conway falsely claimed there were no supply chain issues under Trump. Conservative talk show hosts like Fox News' Laura Ingraham painted Biden as a grinch who ruined Christmas—weeks before the Christmas season even began.
While there are still obstacles in getting the global supply chain back to its former efficiency, the specter of late gifts and barren shelves presented by conservatives is at odds with recent comments made by John Furner, the U.S. CEO of Walmart—the country's largest importer last year.
In comments to MSNBC's Stephanie Ruhle, Furner said:
"The combination of private enterprise and government working together has been really successful. We've had a lot of participation, been able to participate in solving some of these congestion issues, so I would like to give the administration credit for helping do things like get the ports open 24 hours a day, to open up some of the trucking lines, ... and then all the way through the supply chain there's been a lot of innovation ... Each month of the quarter got stronger. The number of containers that we're moving through the ports has grown significantly."
People celebrated Furner's comments.
They also reminded people how conservative media covered the situation.