Read The Room, Joe: Biden Jokes in Wake of School Shooting

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Joe Biden’s improvised banter during his address for the Small Business Administration’s Women’s Business Summit has many Americans fuming. In his first public address following the March 27, 2023 massacre of three children and three adults in Tennessee’s Covenant School, Biden joked about ice cream.

“My name is Joe Biden. I’m Dr. Jill Biden’s husband,” Biden said from the White House’s East Room during his address. “I eat Jeni’s ice cream — chocolate chip. I came down because I heard there was chocolate chip ice cream.” He adds, “By the way, I have a whole refrigerator full upstairs. You think I’m kidding? I’m not.”

His team of defenders immediately swooped in to point out that the quip was a warmup for his address to the summit, and that the joke was taken out of context. A quick view of video footage of the event reveals that the joke wasn’t part of Biden’s school shooting remarks.

His politically biased comment during the school-shooting segment of his speech, however, was fully related to the horrific incident.

When asked if he believed Christians were specifically targeted by the shooter, Biden admitted that he had no idea. When told that Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) believed the shooting to be a hate crime against Christians, Biden smiled and responded, “Well, I probably don’t, then.” He quickly backpedaled with, “No, I’m joking. I have no idea.”

The comment could have been just another vocal blunder in an ever-expanding list of gaffes by the president were it not, in many senses, a deeply disturbing truth.

In five words, president Biden revealed his stance on anything his opposition may say, even when faced with a tragedy. It’s a small phrase packed with a deeper agenda: President Biden doesn’t want to play nice with Republicans, no matter what.

Taking it one step further, the fact that Biden joked at all while addressing a horrific school shooting is an indication of his priorities. After all, Nashville is heavily conservative and the shooting was at a Christian school. This is just another example proving what Republicans already know. There is no room in Biden’s world for conservatives.

Biden’s lack of concern for the Republican stronghold in East Palestine, Ohio following its recent train derailment and the toxic chemical spill was another example of Biden’s mixed priorities. His decision to be a no-show was backed by a senior White House official: “When or if the president should go is of course a question we would talk about, but I don’t think this is something we’ve been agonizing over in real-time.”

It’s not enough to be a no-show in Ohio, however. After former president Trump brought water and other necessary supplies to East Palestine residents, he was criticized sharply by the media and liberal social media flunkies. Meanwhile, Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg waited three weeks to visit the site of the train derailment following the incident, and only after Trump’s visit.

Nashville’s horrific school shooting should be the perfect time to try to push for more ineffective gun control measures, and while the Democrats never let a good tragedy go to waste, there is a lack of fervor in the debate.

Christians killed in a conservative town by a transgender individual is not the publicity they are looking for to advance their agenda.

In a perplexing moment, a spokeswoman for Arizona governor Katie Hobbs suggested gun violence against anyone who disagrees with transgenderism. The image posted by Josselyn Berry featured a gun-wielding woman from the 1980 movie, “Gloria” and the text, “Us when we see transphobes.” This tweet was not only ill-timed given its proximity to the incident, but it was also a puzzling one in which an anti-gun proponent called for gun violence against those who have different views.

Biden’s most recent gaffe during his school-shooting address is just another example of the tongue-tied top gun’s world-stage mistakes. Earlier the same week, he congratulated China’s humanitarian efforts to expand legal pathways for migrants, meaning to praise Canada.

For the United States, Joe Biden is a gaffe gift that keeps on giving and can’t be returned because it’s past its expiration date.

For the rest of the world, he’s probably a meme.