People upset with the Afghanistan withdrawal denounced President Joe Biden, but the president criticized them back.
Biden slammed hecklers and told them they are not residents of the area he was assessing for storm damage, adding that they are just disappointed with the administration’s stance on climate change.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer introduced Biden as a person who will “lead us out of darkness in this present moment.” The president then kicked off his comments in New York City by mentioning the warm welcome he received in the area he assessed.
“None of them were shouting or complaining,” Biden said. “Every one of them were thanking me as if it was something special … that I was here.”
The president, earlier the same day, has received criticisms from a bunch of people citing his chaotic management of the Afghanistan withdrawal when he toured storm-hit New Jersey.
“My country is going to s— and you’re allowing it!” C-SPAN’s footage showed one woman who raised her voice. “And I’m an immigrant and I’m proud of this country! I’d give my life for this country. You guys should be ashamed of yourselves.”
“All this for a f— photo-op?” another shouted. “You ain’t gonna do s—!”
The president said in his speech later in Queens that those individuals were non-residents of the areas he went to and are just having issues on his climate change stance.
“The people who stand on the other side of the fences, who don’t live there, who are yelling that we’re interfering with free enterprise by doing something about climate change — they don’t live there,” he said. “They don’t understand.”
Biden raised climate change several times in his public address. He mentioned the “code red” issuance set by the scientific community and described climate change as an “existential threat” to the country, Fox News reported.
As the president was about to end his speech, Schumer directed him to a kid on a ledge with an American flag. “Don’t jump!” the president jokingly said after telling him that the “diversity” of the country is what lifts it amid devastating natural disasters.