The national product shortages have turned frustrated shoppers to social media, taunting Joe Biden with the viral hashtag #EmptyShelvesJoe.
It’s not just happening at sporting events anymore. Calls of “Let’s go Brandon” or “Empty Shelves Joe” are overtaking intercoms at airports, stores, and even school board meetings.
Someone requested a page for “Empty Shelves Joe” on Thursday at San Diego International Airport. That request was honored — and went viral, with almost 4,000 retweets of the video circulating.
On Wednesday, Biden acknowledged concerns by posing a question: “With the holidays coming up, you might be wondering if gifts you plan to buy will arrive on time?”
Twitter users illustrated their anger with the store’s empty shelves as the nation’s supply chain crisis continues and the Christmas outlook is growing dire.
Shoppers answered his question straightforward.
“Just went food shopping…again…thanks #EmptyShelvesJoe I really love having to go every day now in order to find what used to take one trip,” one account wrote, along with a photo of near-vacant shelves at a grocery store.
Another twitter posted, “I’m pretty sure @JoeBiden and the Democrats in DC are eating just fine and are having no issues getting what they need.”
The clogged ports have led to empty shelves across America.
The executive vice president of the Toy Association, Ed Desmond, warned parents last week, they should be Christmas gift shopping for their children now while there are plenty of supplies, don’t wait till the last minute.
“Get out and buy toys now. If you see toys, you think the kids are going to want for Christmas, pick them up now and tuck them away to make sure you have them,” Desmond warned.
Jay Foreman, the CEO of Basic Plus! toys claimed he has eight million dollars worth of goods sitting in a warehouse but cast doubt over the toys being able to hit the shelves in time for the holidays.
“I got Tonka trucks in the south and Care Bears in the north. We’ll blow last year’s numbers away, but the problem is we don’t know if we’ll get the last four months of the year shipped.”
Foreman said, “The supply chain is a disaster, and it’s only getting worse,” reported Bloomberg.