President Joe Biden was recently caught laughing while discussing a mother who lost her children to fentanyl overdoses.
Now, according to Fox News, Biden is facing some major criticism, with many arguing that it was a heartless moment for Biden.
The situation took place at the House Democratic Caucus Issues Conference that was held in Baltimore on Wednesday night. There Biden gave a speech, and, in that speech, he responded to an accusation from U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA).
The U.S. House of Representatives recently held a hearing in which a woman named Rebecca Kiessling revealed that her two sons died on July 29, 2020, as the result of fentanyl poisoning. According to reports, her sons thought that there were taking Percocet pills, but the pills actually contained fentanyl.
Greene, in response to this testimony, pinned the blame on the Biden administration, specifically for the administration’s failure to secure the U.S.-Mexico border, through which large amounts of fentanyl are smuggled.
It was this accusation from Greene that Biden responded to on Wednesday night.
During his speech, Biden attempted to make a joke out of the whole situation and even laughed while doing so. “Isn’t [Greene] amazing? Oof,” Biden said, with a laugh.
I should digress, probably,I’ve read, she, she was very specific recently, saying that a mom, a poor mother who lost two kids to fentanyl, that, that I killed her sons. Well, the interesting thing is that fentanyl they took came during the last administration.
Take a look, and notice has Biden finishes off with a laugh:
Yesterday, a mom who lost her two sons to fentanyl poisoning told her story.
Today, Biden laughed about it. pic.twitter.com/USEbe4Ouhe
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) March 2, 2023
The White House’s attempted cleanup
Biden faced much criticism for the incident. U.S. Rep. Jim Banks (R-IA) called it “shameful and embarrassing.”
The White House was asked whether Biden regretted his remarks on Thursday. White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre claimed that Biden sympathizes with the mother who lost her sons because Biden, himself, has dealt with tragedy.
I believe the American people know who he is fundamentally because he’s been around for some time and they have watched him go through grief. They have watched him deal with personal loss.
“His heart goes out to any person who has to go through that type of trauma, that type of hurt,” Jean-Pierre added.