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Biden Faces Criticism for Calling McAuliffe as Virginia’s ‘Real’ Governor

President Joe Biden recently sparked a debate with a remark at a Virginia event. Addressing the audience, he referred to Terry McAuliffe as the ‘real’ governor of Virginia.

Event Details

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The incident took place during an event on abortion access. Biden was there with Vice President Kamala Harris.

Biden’s Statement

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Biden greeted the crowd saying, ‘Hello, Virginia, and the real governor, Terry McAuliffe.’ He jokingly added, ‘I’m Jill Biden’s husband and Kamala’s running mate.’

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Immediate Backlash

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His comment was immediately met with criticism. Conservatives and social media influencers expressed their displeasure

Conservative Influencer’s Reaction

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LibsofTikTok, a conservative influencer, highlighted the seriousness of denying election results. They called for impeachment hearings on social media platform X.

Chris Barron’s Critique

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Chris Barron, a conservative commentator, suggested Biden should be removed from the Virginia ballot. He compared this to Democrat efforts against Trump on social media platform X.

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Guy Benson’s Commentary

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Fox News contributor Guy Benson criticized Biden’s comment. He posted on X about Biden’s support for elective abortion and his election denialism.

Clay Travis’s Concerns

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Clay Travis, founder of Outkick.com, expressed concern for democracy. He posted on X about the impact of such election denialism.

Political Figures Joining In

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The backlash extended to political figures as well. GOP Congresswoman Elise Stefanik criticized Biden on X.

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Governor Youngkin’s Response

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Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin directly responded to Biden’s comment. He posted on X, ‘Mr. President, I’m right here.’

White House Clarification

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The White House responded to the criticism. A spokesperson clarified Biden’s comment was in jest, referring to McAuliffe’s previous term.

Biden’s Recognition of Youngkin

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The White House emphasized Biden’s recognition of Youngkin’s victory. They stated Biden had congratulated Governor Youngkin right after his election.

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Balancing Humor and Politics

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The incident raises questions about humor in politics. It highlights the thin line between a joke and political commentary.

The Reaction Reflects Tensions

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The conservative reaction underscores the current political tension. It reflects broader concerns about election integrity and political rhetoric.

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