Twitter Mocks Journo Claiming Biden Victim of ‘Uncontrollable Events’
16:22 GMT 20.09.2021 (Updated: 17:06 GMT 20.09.2021)
The US president has faced a series of crises and policy setbacks over the past month, starting with the sudden collapse of the western-backed Kabul government, and culminating in France’s unprecedented decision to recall its ambassador to Washington after being robbed of a defence deal with Australia worth tens of billions of dollars.
Associated Press White House reporter and political analyst for MSNBC and NBC, Jonathan Lemire, is facing flak online after attributing a string of disastrous Biden administration policy outcomes to “uncontrollable events”.
In a tweet, Lemire summarised the bad day the president had last Friday thanks to a series of negative reports - including revelations that a drone strike in Afghanistan killed only civilians
, the failure by the administration to get approval
for coronavirus boosters, and France’s move to leave its top diplomatic posting in Washington vacant
for the first time since relations were established in 1778.
Commenting on the news, Lemire suggested that “the punishing headlines, all within an hour, underscored the perils for a president from uncontrollable events that can define a term.”
Critics took issue with the journalist’s claim that the events pushing the headlines were “uncontrollable,” with many suggesting it was President Biden’s policy that was causing the failures.
“‘Uncontrollable events’ – What the hell is this? All of it was in their control. They just dropped the ball out of incompetence or malice,” one user raged
. “Biden was in control of all those events. They went south because he’s a failure, not because of bad luck,” another chimed in
. “AP/MSNBC propagandist @jonlemire’s term for Biden admin scandals is amazing in its lack of subtlety,” another suggested
“How exactly are any of these uncontrollable events? Please, be specific. France recalled [its] ambassador because of [a] decision made by Biden. Strike [was] authorized by Biden. Booster pushed by Biden,” one user pointed out.
“Didn’t Biden himself promise that if he were elected president he would take responsibility and not blame others?” another pondered
, digging up a 2020 tweet from the president saying as much.
“I’d head out of town too. #SunnyBeach in Delaware,” another sarcastically quipped
, referring to the president’s decision to leave Washington and head to his home state over the weekend while shutting out reporters.
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Others took issue with the suggestion that the intelligence failure behind the 29 August drone strike – ostensibly retaliation against the Daesh-Khorasan* terror attack on the Kabul airport two days before which killed 10 civilians instead - was “uncontrollable”.
“Are you saying the drone strike that killed 7 kids and 0 terrorists was an uncontrollable event?” one user asked
. “Oh, if only the president could control such an unpredictable thing as a drone strike? It’s not as if he’s commander-in-chief,” another sarcastically added.
Not all the response was negative, however. The president’s defenders also came out of the woodwork to support him, with some arguing
that none of the policy failures were his fault.
Some even suggested
that the drone strike disaster may have been the fault of a mysterious “far-right” element, presumably in the military. A few users suffering from Trump derangement syndrome praised
Biden for trying to get America out of the “mess” it was put in by the former president, or flattering him for not “personalising” these crises, “unlike the former guy, who became the news.”
Last week’s setbacks for the Biden administration came in the wake of two other debacles facing the president – including the spectacular collapse of the Afghan government in mid-August despite months of assurances by Washington that Kabul would have no problem holding out against the Taliban,* and the situation at the US-Mexico border, which has seen more than a million people seized while trying to enter the US.
On Monday, former acting Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) director Ronald Vitiello blasted the Biden administration over the latest border crisis-related news, saying Americans “deserve better from our leadership” after thousands of illegal Haitian immigrants were discovered
to be living under a bridge in Del Rio, Texas and refusing to leave.
“This kind of chaos is not good for anybody. It’s not good for our cities and towns and homeland and it’s not good for the border community,” Vitiello said
, speaking to Fox News.
* Terrorist groups outlawed in Russia and many other countries.