An Independence Day tainted with tragedy was only further marred by President Joe Biden whose initially dismissive passing remarks of the parade deaths outside Chicago were brought center stage with a pitiful afterthought memorial later in the day.
As news traveled that a 22-year-old suspect had opened fire from a rooftop in Highland Park, Illinois at a local Fourth of July parade killing six and wounding dozens, the White House reacted with an official statement that afternoon. However, during his planned remarks shortly thereafter, which had been delayed because of the developing news, the president had little to say outside of self-promotion.
“Y’all heard what happened today,” Biden said, assuming those listening were fully apprised of the news coming out of Chicago after he had touted signing the Safer Communities Act into law. “Before I left for Europe, I signed a law, the first real gun safety law in 30 years. And things will get better still, but not without more hard work together.”
“Each day we are reminded there’s nothing guaranteed about our democracy, nothing guaranteed about our way of life. You have to fight for it,” he went on, “defend it by voting.”
The flub from the White House communications team was readily apparent as they sent the president out within two hours to interrupt a performance by Andy Grammar on the lawn so that Biden could provide an awkward and brief moment of silence to save face.
Tune in as I deliver remarks this Independence Day. https://t.co/ceHWU8PuSB
— President Biden (@POTUS) July 4, 2022
“One serious note, you know,” the president began after the first lady had insisted the musician play an encore for the fans, “there was a shooter, as you well know, in Highland Park in Chicago. And they have — I talked to the governor and to the mayor, we’re givin’ all the help we can possibly give, including FBI and the Special Service,” he stated, presumably meaning the Secret Service.
“Anyway, they’ve identified the individual, they haven’t stated the name and I’m not going to do that now either,” Biden claimed, despite news of the suspect’s identity having circulated by that point. “But they’re trying to find him and six people have passed and others are wounded. But we got a lot more work to do. We got to get this under control. We got to get this under control.”
“Having said that, I just want to keep a slight moment of silence for all those families,” he added, offering about five seconds of remembrance for the victims. The president’s display only served to further emphasize why his approval numbers have continued to drop. It would be expected that the constant push for the progressive agenda would disappoint conservatives, but even the left cannot thrive on virtue-signaling as Biden scrambled to hit that low bar.
As a result, the backlash for his haphazard efforts was swift from those expected to be in his camp.
Been voting since I was 18yo and I have fewer rights and a higher risk of dying from gun violence. ANY other ideas?
— natalie aitken (@NatalieAitken) July 4, 2022
He said you gotta earn the right to not get murdered by going to the polls
— philip 🇹🇼 (@phrrp) July 4, 2022
— ryan (@settledownwest) July 5, 2022
Maybe we could hear how you are going to fight for it, voting is months away. What’s the plan, ignore it like covid? pic.twitter.com/oTrnJPaf0u
— Three Oaks 🌳🌳🌳 (@clmbl67) July 4, 2022
— Our Flag Means Debt (@HiredSword) July 4, 2022
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