Biden Makes Off-Color Irish Joke, Gets Dragged on Social Media
Joe Biden, who has been no stranger to gaffes since taking office in 2021, found himself in trouble again this weekend after he insulted Irish people during a town hall in Delaware.
The President insulted the intelligence of Irish people, saying that he “May be Irish, but he’s not stupid” before remarking that he has a “little Italian in him” thanks to his wife.
Biden: "I may be Irish, but I'm not stupid!" pic.twitter.com/IInpy0cY83
— Washington Free Beacon (@FreeBeacon) December 16, 2022
His comment was not well-received by people on social media, who voiced their disapproval of Biden’s comment that harkens back to anti-Irish stereotypes from the early 20th century.
The Washington Examiner’s Jerry Dunleavy questioned Biden’s claim that he is Irish, mentioning that his closest relative that was fully Irish was his great-great-great grandfather. “Biden loves this Bidenism (he’s said it in the past before) — just casual old school anti-Irish stereotyping, but he thinks it’s a fun part of his gift of the gab because he considers himself Irish (his great-great-great grandfather moved to America from Ireland in the 1800s.)”
Biden loves this Bidenism (he’s said it in the past before) — just casual old school anti-Irish stereotyping, but he thinks it’s a fun part of his gift of the gab because he considers himself Irish (his great-great-great grandfather moved to America from Ireland in the 1800s.) https://t.co/VJrcjdYzax
— Jerry Christmas 🎅🏼🎄 (@JerryDunleavy) December 16, 2022
This is not the first time Biden has used the joke and received pushback for saying it. This past March, Biden also made the joke on St. Patrick’s day.
Citing his Italian heritage, he said that he is married to the daughter of Dominic Giacoppa.
As Steve Guest, Communications Advisor for Ted Cruz, R-Tx. said, Dominic Giacoppa is actually the grandfather of First Lady Jill Biden.
Joe Biden: "I may be Irish, but I'm not stupid! I married Dominic Giacoppa's daughter."
FACT CHECK: Giacoppa was actually Jill Biden's grandfather, not her father. pic.twitter.com/ZBNNRrsEcU
— Steve Guest (@SteveGuest) December 16, 2022
Other people quipped that while Biden is hardly Irish, he is, in fact, stupid.
“1. You’re less Irish than I am.
2. Irish usually aren’t stupid, but zombies are.
3. Biden is an English surname.”
One user said.
1. You're less Irish than I am.
2. Irish usually aren't stupid, but zombies are.
3. Biden is an English surname. https://t.co/4Vc37ZiC7c
— Dan Wholihan (@DWholihan) December 17, 2022
Biden has a history of making racially insensitive comments dating back to his days as a U.S Senator, a habit he has continued into his Presidency.
In the August before the 2020 Presidential election, Biden famously said that if black people “Have a problem figuring out if they are for me (Biden) or Trump, then you ain’t black”.
Unacceptable. The Democrats and the news media continue to give Biden a free pass for this type of racist comment. pic.twitter.com/4m06mSNVbl
— RJR Martinez (@RJMartinezOyola) August 2, 2022
During a speech in late October, just under two weeks before the midterm elections, Biden implied that people of color are overweight.
“Some airlines, if you want six more inches between you and the seat in front, you pay more money, but you don’t know it … these are junk fees, they’re unfair, and they hit marginalized Americans the hardest, especially … people of color.” He said.
Biden: "Some airlines, if you want six more inches between you and the seat in front, you pay more money but you don't know it … these are junk fees, they're unfair and they hit marginalized Americans the hardest, especially … people of color." pic.twitter.com/u8IbCqpRZG
— Washington Free Beacon (@FreeBeacon) October 26, 2022
While Democrats were able to stave off a red wave in the midterms, their support among minority voters, specifically Hispanics, continues to diminish.
According to exit polls, 39 percent of Hispanics voted for Republicans while 60 percent voted for Democrats, a ten-point swing in favor of Republicans from the 2018 midterms.
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