President Joe Biden’s politicizing remarks and off-handed jokes drew scathing rebukes while addressing the nation on the tragic deaths at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas.
An 18-year-old gunman stormed the school building and opened fire, killing numerous individuals, primarily children, before a Border Patrol agent killed him.
Biden wasted no time calling the nation “stand up to the gun lobby” and “do what we know in our gut needs to be done” as he hammered gun control talking points.
Biden condemned the notion of walking into a gun shop and purchasing modern sporting rifles as “just wrong.”
“What in God’s name do you need an assault weapon for except to kill someone?” Biden offered. The President then tried to joke during the remarks, saying, “Deer aren’t running through the forest with Kevlar vests on, for God’s sake.”
The President’s politicizing taking points drew criticism and condemnation across cable news and social media outlets.
“Cry me a river Joe, just like Barack did in front of TV cameras every time innocent kids were shot dead,” political commentator Ajit Datta said. “You’re all essentially two sides of the same coin. Because if you were to really act on it, how would you ever champion this issue again?”
Political strategist Andrew Surabian tweeted, “Bodies are still warm and Joe Biden rushes to politicize a tragedy in record time.”
“Why is he always making this stupid nonsensical joke, especially after a tragedy like this?” Alan Bayer, an IT Systems Security & Forensics Specialist, wrote on Twitter. “What’s wrong with this guy?”
Radio host Jason Rantz called Biden’s remarks “disgraceful” and “inappropriate.”
“Joe Biden cannot help but use that stupid, lazy, inappropriate gun joke about deer in Kevlar vests,” radio host Jason Rantz tweeted. “What a disgraceful moment in this inappropriately political speech. But yeah… he’s the unifier-in-chief.”