Remember when we were all assured that Joe Biden was a paradigm of decency? Unlike the bad orange man, he would never lose his temper and launch a gross attack on the free press.
Well, that’s how the story went anyway. In reality, Biden has continuously shown himself to be a thin-skinned man-child who can’t take even the slightest hint of criticism. Today, that boiled over into an expletive-laden attack on Fox News’ Peter Doocy.
Gird your loins, because you are about to witness an event that would have CNN’s Jim Acosta in tears if it involved Donald Trump.
As you can see, it appears that Biden thought the mic had been cut off and was trying to attack Doocy behind his back. Putting aside the cowardly notion of such a move, how dumb do you have to be to not suspect a hot mic moment could occur when you say something like that? The reporters were still in the room, after all. But hey, that’s part of the senility, I guess. Not being able to control one’s emotions is a sure sign of age-related decline.
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Past that, I’m struck by a few things here. First, the hypocrisy we are about to witness from the mainstream media is going to reach epic levels. After spending the last six years insisting any attack on the press amounted to crushing constitutional rights and endangering the lives of journalists, you can expect MSNBC, CNN, the Times, and the rest to either ignore this or laugh it off. You almost certainly won’t see a united front as you have in defense of some liberal journalists in the past, demanding the White House apologize and adjust its behavior.
Second, let’s remember that Biden himself once said that he would fire “on the spot” anyone in his administration who disrespected someone else. Townhall shared that inconvenient clip for the president as a follow-up on the hot mic moment.
Lastly, can we just talk about how thin this guy’s skin is? Inflation is an issue of top concern for Americans. Today, the stock market also tanked, nailing the retirements and investments of the middle-class especially hard. All Doocy did was ask if those realities are a problem for the administration. Biden is such a wimp, though, that he’d rather cut the mic off (except he didn’t) and launch obscene attacks instead of addressing the issue at hand.
I’m not that old, but I’m old enough to have lived through more than a few presidencies, and Biden is, by far, the least capable, least prepared person for the job I’ve ever seen. Yeah, he’s good at not making mean tweets, likely because he can’t manipulate a phone by himself, but he’s wholly incapable in every other facet of the job. We are seeing that play out in real-time as Europe moves to the brink of war and the economy continues to falter. You can’t, in fact, just put a warm body in the White House and have everything work out. Leadership matters and Biden just doesn’t have it in him.
Anyway, we’ll have to see how this plays out over the next day. I’m sure Jen Psaki will get asked about it at tomorrow’s briefing. Will Biden apologize? He might, but we all know how he really feels. He has total contempt for normal Americans and their concerns. Your problems are an inconvenience for him, nothing more, and he showed that in spades by attacking Doocy in this way.