As President Joe Biden made the rounds on Saturday to remember the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on U.S. soil that changed the course of history, the president was widely criticized for not only what he said, but his body language as well.
A quick scroll through Twitter revealed that Biden had some bizarre moments, including one instance at a ceremony in attendance with Barack Obama and Bill Clinton in which he appeared to pull down his mask and shout at someone. Others slammed the president for a pre-recorded speech he gave in which he shamed Americans for anti-Muslim sentiment after the attacks.
Getty captures Joe Biden pulling down his mask to shout out at someone in the crowd at the 9/11 ceremony pic.twitter.com/am8SeGK4rI
— Charlie Spiering (@charliespiering) September 11, 2021
“We also witnessed the dark forces of human nature. Fear and anger. Resentment and violence against Muslim-Americans — true and faithful followers of a peaceful religion,” Biden said in his pre-recorded speech.
Oddly enough, out of the three sites Biden visited on Saturday, he opted to not address Americans on perhaps one of the most significant remembrances of our time. It’s especially bizarre with the backdrop of his failures in Afghanistan still fresh on the minds of every American.
Biden’s behavior and actions on Saturday even caught the attention of former President Donald Trump, who excoriated Biden for not speaking, adding that it’s clear Biden is probably ashamed of his recent foreign policy failures and decided to stay quiet for the day.
“Biden didn’t even speak today! He went to all three places and he didn’t speak,” Trump said, according to Breitbart. “I wonder why he didn’t speak.”
The former president, who made a surprise drop-in to visit with New York firefighters and cops, added: “They’re trying to do speeches without mentioning what happened over the last two weeks, and that’s a very hard thing to do.”
Saturday was one of those days that reminds us of the stark contrast between Biden and Trump. One of them spent time shaming Americans and hiding behind a mask, and one shook the hands of the heroes that make up the ranks of the first responder community.