For 50 years, Joe Biden cultivated an illusory image of being a kindly — if dimwitted — uncle: someone whose terrible politics and inappropriate malapropisms were tolerated because he said he meant well.
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What a farce.
Uncle Joe — now firmly in grandfather territory — was never that guy. Long a fantasist who recounts fake stories years after they’ve been debunked, Biden was always a hit-and-run liar. He was also always a hack and a jerk, with an anger that betrays the arrogance of a corrupt elite. This week, he called Fox News reporter Peter Doocy a “stupid son of a bitch” for asking a straightforward question about rising prices. He later “cleared the air,” but if we had a dime for every time Biden acted viciously, we could afford his skyrocketing inflation.
Biden has had a long history of snapping at anyone who even mildly challenges him — and always with the same modus operandi. By spitting disgust at his questioners — raising his voice, snarling his face, shaking his head and his finger, turning his back, walking away — he often humiliated them into cowed silence, allowing him to cruise past accountability.
For a guy who promised a return to “civility” and “decency,” Biden’s true colors have become even more apparent. His maniacal outbursts and erratic conduct — yelling one moment, creepily whispering the next, for example — are more glaring, frequent and disturbing.
Before Biden insulted Doocy, he berated a different reporter for posing a question about Ukraine. Last July, he called an NBC reporter a “pain in the neck” and complained that her question wasn’t part of the announced agenda. The month before, he lashed out at a CNN reporter at a press availability, wagging his finger and yelling, “What the hell?! What do you do all the time?” When she tried to follow up, he shot back, “If you don’t understand that, you’re in the wrong business.”
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In 2020, when a reporter asked if he had taken a cognitive test, Biden snapped, “That’s like saying to you, before you got on this program if you had taken a test were you taking cocaine or not. What do you think, huh? Are you a junkie?”
Last year, he avoided a question from NBC’s Savannah Guthrie by barking, “You’re saying things that you don’t know what you’re talking about! No one said that! Who said that?!” To others, he’s yelled, “Ask the right questions” and “What a stupid question,” before turning on his heel.
It’s one thing to go off witlessly on members of the press. It’s another to attack potential voters who ask perfectly legitimate questions.
In 2020, he called one voter “fat,” another “a damned liar,” and told another he was “full of s–t.” One young woman was on the receiving end of this nonsensical slap: “You’re a lying dog-faced pony soldier!”
Earlier in his career, when asked what law school he’d attended, Biden blew up. “Who cares?” he spat. “I think I probably have a much higher IQ than you do, I suspect.”
For decades, Biden got away with this absurd faux tough-guy act. Everyone laughed it off, excusing his lies and meanness as “gaffes.” But he never should have gotten a pass because that irrational anger, innate nastiness and ruling-class pomposity are now in the Oval Office — and getting worse with his advancing age.
The presidency is the most high-pressure job in the world. All presidents have shown anger and spitefulness, but not all presidents are 79 years old.
Grandpa Joe was never a nice guy, and now he’s exceedingly dangerous.
Monica Crowley served as assistant secretary of the Treasury in the Trump administration.