Liberals rage after New York Times reports on Biden's ‘verbal fumbles': 'Trying to destroy us'
One annoyed liberal college professor tweeted that the Times should 'grow up' and stop pointing out Biden gaffes
A New York Times piece pointing out President Biden’s gaffes from his Tuesday speech angered liberals on Twitter.
Furious leftists on the platform swarmed the Times senior political reporter Maggie Haberman's tweet linking to the story, viciously insulting her and the report for making Biden and Democrats look bad.
On Tuesday, the Times chief White House correspondent Peter Baker detailed the gaffes from Biden’s speech in a short article titled, "Biden Verbally Fumbles, Twice, During Campaign Trip in Florida."
In it, he wrote, "President Biden verbally fumbled during a campaign swing in Florida on Tuesday, confusing the American war in Iraq with the Russian war in Ukraine, and then he fumbled again while he tried to correct himself, misstating how his son Beau died in 2015."
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Baker also delved into Biden’s history of gaffe-making, writing, "Mr. Biden, who at 79 is the oldest president in American history, has a long record of gaffes dating back to when he was a young man. But his misstatements have become more pronounced, and more noticed, now that he has the spotlight of the presidency constantly on him."
Haberman drew more attention to the story by retweeting it from her own account. She may have anticipated some backlash for the piece, however, as she turned off Twitter replies to her post.
Even so, plenty of angry liberals quote-tweeted her post, and made their displeasure apparent.
University of Wisconsin-Madison professor Mark Copelovitch blasted Haberman and Baker for the piece. He tweeted, "1. ‘Excuse me,’ he said, ‘the war in Ukraine.’ 2. Beau very well may have died of brain cancer due to Iraq burn pit exposure. 3. ‘More pronounced’...were you not alive in the 1980s/90s/00s to hear Biden?"
He continued, saying, "4. Most of them haven't been gaffes" and added, "5. Grow up."
User Jill Levy lamented, "She is trying to destroy us."
User "Beth" wrote, "It's really sad what you think your job is, with your giant f---ing megaphone, during an attempted fascist takeover of our democracy."
Jamesetta Williams wrote, "Maggie limits the comments when she knows the article she is sharing is problematic. Biden misspoke on Ukraine and quickly corrected himself, that is not news. It’s well documented that Biden believes his son got cancer from burn pits in Iraq, he did not misspeak."
Novelist DC Petersson accused Haberman of being a Russian agent, tweeting, "Hey Mags, does Vlad pay you directly, or is the money laundered through holding companies?"
Another user, Hal Corley, tweeted, "And she expects us to buy her damned book."
A self-proclaimed "proud Democrat" user wrote, "Go f--- yourself."
And another called Haberman an "Ableist trash bigot."
Prominent conservative Twitter users, however, found the drama amusing and commented on the hostile reaction to the Times reporting.
Christina Pushaw, rapid response director for Gov. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla., noticed the backlash the piece and Haberman were receiving on Twitter. She wrote, "Read the quote tweets... Dems BiG MAD that a reporter reported something unflattering about Dear Leader."
Conservative reporter Jim Stinson remarked, "Good Lord. Maggie turned off her replies! Who is creating a hostile environment now?"
Heralding the beginning of liberal media criticism of Biden, The Spectator contributing editor Stephen L. Miller tweeted, "It begins."
He also mocked those who defend the gaffe-prone Biden, tweeting sarcastically, "Maggie, it's a [stutter]. What is this?"
The Federalist senior editor David Harsanyi corrected Haberman and Baker on the real nature of Biden’s gaffes: "Verbal fumbles. He’s blatantly lied at least five times today."
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Conservative radio host Erick Erickson made the same prediction, tweeting, "This is only the beginning. After the bloodbath that is coming, the Times is going to do a full story with White House sources on Biden’s decline."
Radio host Larry O’Connor mocked how the Times characterized Biden’s gaffes, tweeting, "He just ‘fumbled’ guys..."
O’Connor’s radio colleague, Vince Coglianese, jokingly mocked the host, replying, "Flag on the field. Illegal pouncing, Larry."
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