President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris need a lot of help when it comes to acknowledging important American holidays, as they face increasing backlash for what they both said over the Memorial Day weekend.
According to the Washington Examiner, during a Memorial Day address at Arlington National Cemetery, Biden spent far too much time in his address not honoring fallen U.S. troops and instead, warning those in attendance that “democracy itself is in peril,” referencing, in part, a voter reform bill being considered in Texas that’s similar to bills passed in Florida and Georgia.
“Between dreams of democracy and appetites for autocracy, which we’re seeing around the world,” Biden said. “Our troops have fought this battle on fields around the world but also the battle of our time, and the mission falls to each of us each and every day. Democracy itself is in peril. Here at home and around the world.”
Biden’s questionable messaging came just two days after he faced criticism for a Twitter post in which he failed to acknowledge Memorial Day weekend and its true meaning, instead posting a picture of himself speaking with a young girl with a caption that read, “Stay cool this weekend, folks.”
Harris experienced even more backlash after her insensitive tweet over the weekend in which she wrote, “Enjoy the long weekend” without acknowledging whatsoever why this weekend is a long one.
After playing partisan politics in his Memorial Day speech, Biden finally pivoted to recognizing those who gave their lives to secure America’s freedom.
“To state the obvious, our democracy isn’t perfect, it always has been, but Americans of all backgrounds, races, creeds, gender identities, sexual orientations have long spilled their blood to defend our democracy,” the president said.
Before Biden, Harris and U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin presented a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the president pulled a card out of his suit pocket and acknowledged the “7,036 fallen angels who have lost their lives to these conflicts,” referencing America’s most recent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Biden could have avoided controversy altogether had he just focused 100% on honoring our fallen troops instead of slipping in partisan talking points, but this is apparently life in Biden’s America now.