President Joe Biden’s perpetually inarticulate remarks have once again stirred up a controversy. A “bombshell” of a controversy, if you will.
During a trip Tuesday to Fort Worth to visit with veterans, the president delivered a brief speech while standing alongside three Texas lawmakers — Democrat Reps. Colin Allred and Marc Veasey, and Republican Rep. Jake Ellzey.
In introducing the three, he said, “The three congressmen you have here — two of them look like they could, they really could and did play ball. And the other one looks like he could bomb you. And that’s, it’s a tough group but a good group.”
This specific remark wound up going mega-viral on Twitter, where perplexed viewers were left wondering what in the world the president was talking about.
Why did two of them look like they could play basketball? And why did the third one look like he “could bomb you?” And which congressmen in particular was he speaking about when he uttered these stunning words?
Some speculated that perhaps he’d said something racist. They attributed this to his history of spouting blatantly racist rhetoric:
Here are the 3 Representatives from Texas who Biden was talking about today. He said 2 look like they could “play ball” and one looks like he can “bomb you.” Which is which? No matter how you slice this, it’s racist AF. If DJT said this… well, I don’t need to tell you. pic.twitter.com/otmq2SnYEm
— Doc Holliday (@pants_loves) March 9, 2022
This man looks at black people and white people differently. This is the second damn time I’ve heard him divide blacks like he’s on our side. Radio show he said something about how blacks can do such and such. Tighten up Biden!
— The Chosen One (@goodtogo00) March 8, 2022
This is what happens when an old man, mentored by a member of the KKK gets dementia and hide his racism anymore. “You ain’t black!” I don’t think he doesn’t like black people, he just looks down on them.
— Armed Truth (@arm3d_truth) March 8, 2022
Which two guys looked like they played ball, @JoeBiden?
— RevRags (@revrags1776) March 8, 2022
Is he saying they look like they play ball because they’re black?
— Don’tBeAJagoff 😑 (@Keljo1991) March 8, 2022
If that’s not racism what is?
— chad sanders (@asinistershot) March 9, 2022
— Alexander Supertramp (@ASoukhaphon) March 8, 2022
Others wondered if maybe he’d meant to say “looks like Obama.” Everyone meanwhile agreed that, if the president’s remarks are indeed as “racist” as they appear, then the establishment media will jump through hoops to “spin” his remarks.
Or, rather, to “clarify” and “fact-check” his remarks:
…and here comes the Press tripping over themselves trying to “clarify’ his comments.
— Uncle Bumpy Knuckles (@CherryPepsiFan) March 8, 2022
Me when the excuses and “poorly worded joke” explanations come in to gaslight us: pic.twitter.com/Nno8Q5qOey
— Marshall Stacker Pentecost (@IamjustTerry) March 8, 2022
Blue checkmarks watching and trying to spin this pic.twitter.com/IG7JVqAQqG
— Derek Kudjer (@koojababy) March 8, 2022
But there is no spinning this. The White House’s own transcript proves that the president said exactly what it sounds like he said.
However, the transcript does also provide some context.
Prior to making he “bomb you” remark, the president told the audience that Ellzey was a fighter pilot. This, it turns out, is true.
The lawmaker’s biography notes that he’s a Navy veteran who “flew H-60 helicopters, F-14 Tomcats, F/A-18 Hornets, and Super Hornets in defense of our nation” throughout his 20-year Naval career.
It appears this would explain the “bomb you” remark. But it also proves that when the president had spoken about the two who “play ball,” he’d specifically been referencing the two black congresswomen. Is there an explanation for this as well? Somewhat.
Allred’s biography notes that he played five seasons in the NFL “before sustaining a career-ending injury.” This proves that he’s an athlete, though that doesn’t necessarily mean he could play basketball. Moreover, and this seems to be key, Veasey’s biography says nothing about sports. So what made the president assume he could “play ball?”
The going consensus is that the primary reason the president presumed both Allred and Veasey could “play ball” is because of the color of their skin:
Two “look like” they play ball = straight up racism. Why did the old idiot even make the statement? It wasn’t funny, insightful, meaningful. Just racist.
— Connie Suverkrup (@connieSuver) March 9, 2022
No controversy 😂😂, just imagine Trump saying this. The two black guys look like they could play ball, and the eastern looking fella looks like he could bomb ya. No, no controversy 😂😂😂😂
— Scott (@Scott75389316) March 9, 2022
Doesn’t change the fact that he stereotyped the two blacks as ball players and the other as a bomber. So he’s saying all blacks play ball? All whites/hispanics are violent? You go climb in Jo-Jos brain and report back. Don’t get lost.
— kirk morton (@kirkk_morton) March 9, 2022
Um, context? How is “2 of them looked like they could and did play ball” not racist when 2/3 are black? In my eyes all 3 could just as easily be terrorists, “ball” players, or Harvard grads (or all of the above). At min he’s casting his own prejudice on the rest of us. Sick.
— theAnonymousCIO (@theAnonymousCIO) March 9, 2022
And indeed, the president’s longtime modus operandi suggests that his latest remarks were indeed yet another racist gaffe:
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