A series of stumbles, repeated phrases and rambling answers dogged President Joe Biden as he joined CNN anchor Don Lemon for a town hall Wednesday.
Throughout the event — which was held at Cincinnati’s Mount St. Joseph University — Biden’s apparent difficulties reining in his own train of thought prompted a wave of mockery from critics and journalists alike. (RELATED: ‘President Biden Has A PhD’ In Lying: Sen. Kennedy Says Biden ‘Not Telling The Truth’ About Democrats Defunding The Police)
— Carmine Sabia (@CarmineSabia) July 22, 2021
I don’t know about you but I’m thrilled this is the guy in charge of the free world. We should all sleep sound at night.😳
Hey at least there’s no mean tweets… mostly because this guy wouldn’t be capable of a tweet or even a complete thought. pic.twitter.com/ylKVlFiB3c
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) July 22, 2021
Crushing it pic.twitter.com/DI21CUSp7k
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) July 22, 2021
Is this for real? 🤔
And the media will continue to fawn and look the other way. https://t.co/lPY89qzCFd
— Elise Stefanik (@EliseStefanik) July 22, 2021
Holy sh*t I just tuned into Biden’s CNN Town Hall. He’s literally making zero sense.
— Jewish Deplorable (@TrumpJew2) July 22, 2021
Is there really anyone willing to step forward with a straight face and say there’s nothing wrong here?https://t.co/YwemWerdLS
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) July 22, 2021
Others pointed out the fact that Biden kept coming back to the same phrases — “I’m not joking,” “I’m being serious” and “I’m not being facetious” — time and time again.
Possible drinking game for those who, unlike me, aren’t working:
Every time President Biden says:
1. All kidding aside
2. I’m not joking
3. I’m being serious
4. I’m not being facetious
— Kathryn Watson (@kathrynw5) July 22, 2021
President Biden has said “not a joke” at least seven times over the past 30 minutes. Not a joke. Literally.
— Matt Viser (@mviser) July 22, 2021
Biden has said “not a joke” or “i’m not joking” at least 40 times and we’re only 30 minutes into the #CNNTownHall.
When he admits to telling a joke it’s going to be really, really exciting.
— Dan Fagin (@danfagin) July 22, 2021
And some reserved their criticisms for host Don Lemon.
My favorite part is watching Don Lemon have to pretend this is going well pic.twitter.com/pSoQpgfAlo
— ELIJAH SCHAFFER (@ElijahSchaffer) July 22, 2021
— Richard Grenell (@RichardGrenell) July 22, 2021
How was Don Lemon’s follow up question not, “Joe, are you OK?” https://t.co/Aa2olCx9Lt
— Dave Rubin (@RubinReport) July 22, 2021