Republican lawmakers praise Reagan's emphasis on small government and credit him with conceiving the principles of today's Republican party.
Congressman Jim Jordan (R-OH)—a vocal proponent of former President Donald Trump—invoked Reagan in a recent tweet designed to slam President Joe Biden's efforts to provide relief in the face of a pandemic that's killed over 500 thousand Americans.
He compared a Reagan and a Biden quote to do so.
President Reagan: “The nine most terrifying words in the English language are: I'm from the Government, and I'm her… https://t.co/bs3vLDFwyI— Rep. Jim Jordan (@Rep. Jim Jordan)1615993140.0
Jordan was decrying the American Rescue Plan, the latest wave of pandemic relief which President Biden signed into law earlier this month. In addition to providing stimulus checks to millions of Americans, it also allocates resources to vaccine rollouts, small business protections, and a slew of other vital provisions.
The bill passed without a single Republican vote, despite its widespread popularity among American voters, slamming it as a Democratic wish list. Jordan himself falsely claimed that only nine percent of the $1.9 trillion package had to do with direct virus relief.
His latest attempt to slam Biden by deifying Reagan only ended up discrediting himself.
@Jim_Jordan The nine words were changed to: " I'm Jim Jordan, and I'm your representative in Congress."— Michael Muscato (@Michael Muscato)1616000823.0
@Jim_Jordan Jim Jordan: "I backed a trillion-dollar tax giveaway to billionaires and voted against vaccinations, re… https://t.co/KkyIW6ZnUL— Jeff Sites for Congress (@Jeff Sites for Congress)1615994989.0
@Jim_Jordan When you're proud to be a public servant with no interest in serving the public. Way to own the Libs...— John Pavlovitz (@John Pavlovitz)1615997243.0
@Jim_Jordan I don’t recall you expressing these fears when Trump was exploding the federal deficit.— David Knowles (@David Knowles)1615993486.0
@Jim_Jordan Yet the government has provided help for millions of families. I'm not to keen on Big Government but I… https://t.co/S7iVSjtBsB— Ashaggyswain (@Ashaggyswain)1615993443.0
@Jim_Jordan There’s out of touch, and then there’s clueless Jim Jordan! I don’t think many people are refusing the… https://t.co/9h8xiPQuTO— The Jordan Watch (@The Jordan Watch)1615995934.0
They strongly disagreed with the common Republican approval of Reagan's legacy.
@Jim_Jordan The US Government debt tripled during Ronald Reagan's two terms... Reagan also signed into law bills s… https://t.co/g2YIyLivYs— Pé (@Pé)1616004494.0
Reagan. Was. Wrong. Government can help if given an opportunity to, instead of being dismantled by idiots like, sa… https://t.co/bIlVC4Jzny— King of Queens (@King of Queens)1616007476.0
@Jim_Jordan I'm always amazed that people actually swallowed that bunk from Reagan. It cost us 40 years of progress.— Vote for a Bluer Senate 💙 (@Vote for a Bluer Senate 💙)1615994223.0
A recent Morning Consult poll found that 72 percent of Americans support the American Rescue Plan.