Biden insults the Irish using what's considered an 'anti-Irish' slur

 December 18, 2022

President Joe Biden is facing criticism for some recent comments that he made about the Irish. 

Fox News reports that Biden made the comments during a speech that he gave on Friday. The speech was given at a New Castle, Delaware, town hall event for U.S. veterans.

"I'm not stupid . . ."

The above video clip picks up as Biden greets a 102-year-old World War II veteran named Ray Firmani.

"I may be Irish, but I’m not stupid," Biden says just after he greets Firmani. The remark garners a tepid laugh from a few members of the audience.

As Biden walks to the front of the room, with his back turned to the audience, Biden says, "I married Dominic Giacoppa’s daughter. So, you know, I got a little Italian in me now, you know?"

Again, the comment draws some very mild laughter from a few audience members. The 11-second video clip then comes to an end.


This is very far from the first time that Biden had made these comments. There are many problems with them, and one such problem is that they are just false.

In contrast to what the president claims, he did not marry "Dominic Giacoppa's daughter." First Lady Jill Biden's maiden name is actually Jacobs. CNN reports:

[Jill] Biden’s maiden name is Jacobs, but before her great-grandfather emigrated to America – arriving at Ellis Island – it was Giacoppa. Guytano Giacoppa “Americanized” the family surname, as thousands of immigrants did, upon starting a new life in the United States. The Giacoppas lived in tiny Gesso, Sicily – a small village in the Messina province, which now boasts a population of fewer than 1,000 people.

Steve Guest, a communications adviser for Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), capitalized on Biden's mixup, tweeting:

Giacoppa was actually Jill Biden’s grandfather, not her father. Joe Biden gets the dumbest things wrong.

A "hate crime"?

Other social media users criticized Biden for the remarks on different grounds.

The Washington Examiner's Jerry Dunleavy, for example, suggested that Biden is engaging in "casual old-school anti-Irish stereotyping."

Mary Margaret Olohan, a reporter who describes herself as an Irish Catholic, on the other hand, simply tweeted, "hate crime," in response to the video clip of Biden's comments.

Neither Biden nor the White House has responded to the criticism that Biden has received for the comments. Nor would either be expected to. This sort of thing is just par for the course for Biden.

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