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The president of United States, Joe Biden called a journalist from the conservative network Fox News a “stupid son of a bitch” on Monday, in response to a question at the end of an event at the White House.
Biden’s insult took place after the reporter peter doocy asked him if he believed that inflation in the United States could be a “political burden” for his party in the legislative elections that will be held in November in the country.
“It’s a great resource, plus inflation,” Biden sarcastically said, before adding: “What a stupid son of a bitch“.
Here the video of Biden’s insult:
It is not clear if the president realized that his microphone was still on., given that he made his comment as reporters were already leaving the East Room of the White House, where they had attended the start of a Biden meeting on how to get prices down in the country.
After Biden complained that all the journalists’ questions were about the crisis in Ukraine, and as his colleagues were preparing to leave the room, Doocy asked that question about inflation and the president unleashed his outburst.
The incident quickly became the talk of the afternoon on Fox News and even on rival network CNN, the first of which was Doocy being interviewed, who joked about it.
“Nobody has verified by now (what Biden has said) and has said that it is not true (that I am a stupid son of a bitch),” the White House correspondent said.
Doocy has had several tense exchanges with the White House spokeswoman, Jen Psaki, because her questions reflect the conservative bias of the Fox News network and are sometimes based on premises based on misinformation.
However, despite Biden’s tendency to speak off-key at times, he has not so far shown similar disrespect to any journalist, though last week he said the question another Fox News reporter had asked him was “stupid”.
What happened drew criticism from other White House correspondents, including CNN’s Jeremy Diamond, who tweeted: “It wasn’t cool when (former President Donald) Trump insulted the press, and it wasn’t cool for Biden to do it either.”
During his tenure, Trump (2017-2021) constantly attacked journalists, especially those critical of him, whom he described as “the enemies of the people”, and also used the insult of “son of a bitch” at least once , to refer to an NBC host, Chuck Todd.
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