President Joe Biden has a lengthy history of weaving folksy idioms and various gaffes into his public statements, and he has also attracted some concern for his behavior — especially around women and children.
Both of these personality traits appeared to collide in one moment during a recent CNN town hall event when Biden told host Anderson Cooper that he “likes kids better than people.”
“I don’t want to hear this”
The awkward exchange came during the opening segment of the event when the president made mention of Cooper’s recently born son.
“And you know you enjoy being home with the baby more,” Biden said, according to a White House transcript. “I don’t want to hear this.”
Cooper agreed, adding with a chuckle: “I do. Yes. He’s nine and a half months, so I’m very happy.”
Using a line he has previously incorporated into public remarks, Biden responded that “everybody knows” he likes “kids better than people.”
A number of social media users brought up Biden’s controversial track record of being a bit too physical with children for some people’s taste, but the Daily Wire opted to cover the remark from a decidedly more serious and consequential viewpoint.
Biden’s policies belie his rhetoric
Despite his professed love for children, pro-life Americans are sure to note that Biden’s goodwill does not extend to the unborn, as Amanda Prestigiacomo wrote. The president’s pro-choice agenda has been evident since the presidential campaign and is coming to fruition through his actions early on in his term.
As an example, Biden has shifted his stance on the so-called Hyde Amendment, a longstanding U.S. policy preventing taxpayer dollars from funding abortion services through public healthcare programs like Medicaid. In June, he spoke out decisively against the amendment.
He has also rescinded the so-called “Mexico City policy,” which prohibits U.S. taxpayer funding of abortions and related counseling around the world.
Furthermore, the president acted to reverse a Trump-era policy stripping taxpayer funding from Planned Parenthood.
Notwithstanding his clear support for abortion both at home and abroad, Biden’s supposed love for children also does not appear to apply to in-person learning. His administration has waffled on the issue amid a continuing pandemic, generally siding with teachers’ unions reluctant to support plans for reopening schools across the U.S., according to the New York Post.