An unwritten rule in American politics requires political leaders to refrain from attacking their partisan counterparts or national institutions while overseas to better project a united America to foreign observers.
President Joe Biden violated that standard during a press conference in Madrid, Spain when he accused the U.S. Supreme Court of engaging in “outrageous behavior” with some of its recent rulings, the Conservative Brief reported.
He also dismissed the concerns of American citizens about the economy and direction of the country, and again uttered an easily debunked lie about inflation that had to be fact-checked and corrected once more.
Biden attacks Supreme Court; makes false claims about inflation, economic strength
At a press conference Thursday following a NATO summit in Madrid, a reporter rattled off a few of the problems facing the nation, such as the Supreme Court ruling on abortion rights, mass shootings, record inflation, and a poll that showed 85 percent of Americans believe the nation is headed in the “wrong direction.”
The reporter asked, “How do you explain this to those people who feel the country is going in the wrong direction, including some of the leaders you’ve been meeting with this week, who think that when you put all of this together, it amounts to an America that is going backward?”
“They do not think that,” Biden replied dismissively. “You haven’t found one person — one world leader to say America is going backwards. America is better positioned to lead the world than we ever have been. We have the strongest economy in the world. Our inflation rates are lower than other nations in the world.”
“The one thing that has been destabilizing is the outrageous behavior of the Supreme Court of the United States on overruling not only Roe v. Wade, but essentially challenging the right to privacy,” he continued. “We’ve been a leader in the world in terms of personal rights and privacy rights, and it is a mistake, in my view, for the Supreme Court to do what it did.”
“So I — I can understand why the American people are frustrated because of what the Supreme Court did. I can understand why the American people are frustrated because of inflation. But inflation is higher in almost every other country. Prices at the pump are higher in almost every other country. We’re better positioned to deal with this than anyone, but we have a way to go. And the Supreme Court — we have to change that decision by codifying Roe v. Wade,” Biden added a moment later.
Bipartisan dissatisfaction and yet another fact-check
President Biden’s critical attack on the “outrageous” rulings of the Supreme Court is clearly a violation of the general understanding that presidents and other U.S. leaders refrain from attacking or speaking negatively of their own country while overseas, but that wasn’t the only controversial aspect of the president’s remarks.
Biden bluntly dismissed the reporter’s reference to a recent AP/NORC poll that showed how 85 percent of Americans were frustrated and believed that the nation is headed in the wrong direction — a figure that includes 92 percent of Republicans and even 78 percent of Democrats.
That poll also showed that only 28 percent approved of Biden’s handling of the economy, and further revealed that 79 percent rated the economy as “poor,” including 90 percent of Republicans and 78 percent of Democrats.
As for Biden’s repeated claim that inflation is actually higher in other foreign nations, Fox Business debunked that talking point as false — again — and reported that, “In reality, the U.S. inflation rate of 8.3 percent was among the highest in the developed world in April and May, far out-pacing Japan, France, Germany, the U.K., Italy, and Canada.”