Fox & Friends Slams Biden for Not Having ‘McCain’ Moment With Supporter Who Called Trump ‘Illegitimate’
Fox & Friends ripped Joe Biden on Wednesday by suggesting the former vice president didn’t handle himself gracefully during an exchange with a supporter of his who called Donald Trump an “illegitimate” president.
The hosts started the 8 A.M. hour by covering Trump’s latest speech in Louisiana, during which, the president went all out and slammed several of his Democratic challengers for the 2020 election. As Brian Kilmeade talked to his colleagues talked about whether Biden is a possible threat to Trump’s re-election, he ripped the ex-Veep on several fronts before grumbling about Biden’s indulgence of the idea that Trump’s presidency is false.
“When somebody yells out from his audience some anti-Trump slogans like he’s illegitimate as a president, instead of pushing back in John McCain fashion, he joins in.”
The conversation continued with the curvy couch panning Biden over his pushback against Trump and his attorney, Rudy Giuliani. Steve Doocy concluded by noting that questioning Trump’s presidential legitimacy “feeds the base” among Democrats.
Kilmeade was clearly referencing the famous moment from the 2008 presidential election when McCain rebuked a supporter of his at a town hall for saying Barack Obama was an “Arab.” Putting aside that fact that Trump and McCain despised each other throughout the last years of the Arizona senator’s life, Kilmeade’s complaint about Biden’s lack of a “John McCain” moment is peculiar for a lot of reasons.
Throughout his political history, Trump pushed birtherism against Obama in order to delegitimize the presidency of his predecessor. Not only did Trump repeatedly suggest that Obama wasn’t a natural born U.S. citizen who was ineligible for the Oval Office, but Trump also has an extensive record of attacking Obama by suggesting he’s secretly a Muslim.
The relevance to McCain for both points come from the fact that Trump was negatively compared to the late senator for one of his most prominent moments of anti-Muslim fearmongering during the 2016 election.
At a town hall event in New Hampshire, Trump laughed and grinned when he took a question from a man who said “We have a problem in this country—it’s called Muslims. We know our current president is one. You know he’s not even American.” Political observers noted at the time that this was a far cry from McCain since Trump failed to challenge the questioner’s insinuations as McCain did.
So then, with the American sociopolitical climate the way it is right now, is there anyone left who can claim they consistently push back against unsavory aspersions “in John McCain fashion,” or is that element of political discourse a thing of the past?
Watch above, via Fox News.
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