President Joe Biden was caught on a hot mic calling Fox News’ Peter Doocy a “stupid son of a b-tch” on Monday at a White House photo op. The off-color comment from the commander-in-chief who campaigned on unity came in response to a question on soaring inflation.
“Do you think inflation’s a political liability in the midterms?” Doocy asked as reporters were rushed to the exit.
“It’s a great asset, more inflation,” Biden said. “What a stupid son of a b-tch.”
Biden dismissed the concern despite inflation rates reaching 40-year highs one year into his own presidency, which he promised would be conducted with civility and respect.
“I’m not joking when I say this: If you’re ever working with me and I hear you treat another colleague with disrespect or talk down to someone, I promise you, I will fire you on the spot,” Biden warned White House staff on his first day in office. “On the spot. No ifs, ands, or buts.”
Biden’s own contempt shown to a member of the White House press corps as the administration faces record-low approval ratings follows NIAID Director Anthony Fauci calling a Republican senator “a moron” earlier this month in another hot mic moment.
“Jesus Christ,” Fauci said under his breath after insulting Kansas Sen. Roger Marshall.
Biden’s decision to insult the press as opposed to answering their questions came after the president held his second-ever news conference for American reporters while in office. During the two-hour briefing, Biden attacked RealClearPolitics’ White House Reporter Philip Wegmann for a question on the president’s divisive comparisons of those opposed to the Democrats’ colossal elections package as complicit with Jim Crow-era segregation.
“You campaigned and you ran on a return to civility,” Wegmann said. “And I know that you dispute the characterization that you called folks who would oppose those voting bills as being ‘Bull Connor’ or ‘George Wallace,’ but you said that they would be sort of in the same camp.”
“No, I didn’t say that. Look what I said,” Biden snapped. “That is an interesting reading of English. You — I assume you got into journalism because you liked to write.”
A review of the Georgia speech transcript vindicates Wegmann’s question.
“At consequential moments in history, they present a choice,” Biden said earlier this month. “Do you want to be the si- — on the side of Dr. King or George Wallace? Do you want to be on the side of John Lewis or Bull Connor? Do you want to be on the side of Abraham Lincoln or Jefferson Davis? This is the moment to decide to defend our elections, to defend our democracy.”