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A hot mic landed President Biden in hot water today when he called a Fox News reporter “a stupid son-of-a-b*tch”.
The gaffe happened as Biden was wrapping a press briefing Monday afternoon. Members of the press were being ushered out of the room by White House staff to allow the president to start his next meeting. As he was leaving, Fox News reporter Peter Doocy shouted out a question about inflation.
“Will you take questions about inflation?” Doocy yelled. “Do you think inflation is a political liability ahead of the midterms?”
Doocy’s question, framing the economic hardships of American families as nothing more than political, struck a nerve.
“No, that’s a great asset” Biden said in a low voice, sarcastically. “More inflation.”
“What a stupid son of a b*tch,” the president added.
Incident brings up both Biden and Doocy’s past incidents
The White House reportedly has yet to comment, but many were quick to draw comparisons to a similar gaffe the then-Vice President made in 2010.
At a televised address following the passage of the Affordable Care Act, Biden turned to President Obama and whispered “this is a big f*cking deal“. The whisper, however, was not quiet.
Doocy, for his part, is often quick to antagonize White House officials in his questioning. Some quickly pointed out previous times Doocy has frustrated elected leaders with “stupid” questions.
During an exchange with Senator John McCain in 2017, Doocy asked if McCain’s sour relationship with President Trump meant he “wouldn’t support anything” Trump put forward.
“Why would you say something that stupid?” McCain snapped back. “Why would you ask something that dumb?”
“You mean that I am somehow going to behave in a way that I block everything because of some personal disagreement?” McCain continued. “That’s a dumb question”.
President Biden called Doocy later on Monday evening g to apologize. Meanwhile, Fox News has already begun its 24/7 coverage of the clip.