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Conservatives on social media are disturbed and confused following President Joe Biden’s cryptic remarks about the friendship he had with a 12-year-old girl when she was 30.
In a speech to the National Education Association, the nation’s largest teachers union, and other Democrats on Friday, Biden briefly interrupted his remarks on climate change to address a woman in the crowd he seemed to have known for a long time.
Biden said, “And everybody knows, there aren’t many total climate denialists anymore once they see what happened this year. But guess what, we have a lot to do.” He then pointed to the crowd, and in a low voice said, “You should greet me.”
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The crowd laughed and Biden said, “We’re back a long way. She’s 12 and I’m 30, but anyway. This woman helped me get things done. Anyway.”
The crowd laughed again, though not everyone who heard Biden’s spontaneous remarks found it so charming.
Conservatives on Twitter find it disturbing.
“As dementia progresses, patients lose more of their filter and tend to tell the truth. Biden: ‘He’s 12, I’m 30.'” wrote conservative podcast host Monica Crowley.
NewsBusters executive producer Tim Graham commented, “Why did Biden frustrate handlers. (‘You know the far right will tweet ‘is he sniffing his hair?’)”
“Oh my gosh,” Sen tweeted. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, Steve Guest’s special communications advisor.
New York Post writer Miranda Devine asked, “Is there an excusable context for this?”
Conservative actor Nick Searcy lashed out at Biden supporters following his remarks, tweeting, “Democrats think this is normal. @JoeBiden.”
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“This is downright creepy,” wrote conservative commentator Kyle Becker.
Conservative YouTuber The Hodge Twins wrote, “Biden handlers cringe after this one. #creepyjoe.”
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