Fucked-up Fox News — this is literally insane:
Big day at Fox News headquarters pic.twitter.com/VTpR3Z8ukA
— The Daily Show (@TheDailyShow) March 19, 2021
Details on this great and wonderous moment via The Washington Post this morning:
President Biden on Friday morning stumbled several times as he climbed the stairs to Air Force One to board a flight to Atlanta, where he and Vice President Harris planned to meet with Asian American leaders in the wake of a mass shooting.
Biden climbed about a dozen stairs before briefly losing his footing.
He appeared to regain his balance and took a few more steps on the red-carpeted staircase, then stumbled again.
The president had more difficulty recovering the second time, stabilizing himself with his hand on a railing at first and starting to rise.
He initially appeared unsteady, but then supported himself and continued up the stairs without apparent difficulty, saluting at the top.
The White House said the incident was not serious.
“I can tell you he’s doing fine,” said deputy press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre, who briefed reporters aboard Air Force One.
“It’s pretty windy outside, it’s very windy. I almost fell coming up the steps myself. He is doing 100 percent fine.
And even worse:
Watching Fox News openly root for Putin is a really remarkable moment in what the American Right has become, captured for posterity. https://t.co/FD9BevwbeB
— Ezra Klein (@ezraklein) March 19, 2021
Jonathan Chait at New York Magazine, also earlier today, bats away the bat-shit crazy:
This week, asked by ABC News if he considered Vladimir Putin a “killer,” President Biden responded in the affirmative.
Putin responded by challenging Biden to a debate this weekend.
At this point, Donald Trump’s allies immediately weighed in on Putin’s side.
Putin “is openly mocking the president of the United States for his own amusement,” Fox News host Sean Hannity proclaimed last night, “and frankly, I find it, as an American citizen, humiliating.”
Donald Trump Jr. taunted Biden for lacking the guts to take him up on it:
Putin just challenged Joe Biden to an unscripted live debate.
The whole world knows that we have no leadership at the top just an empty suit with a teleprompter (and he can’t even get that right).
They look at America’s weakness right now and are salivating.
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) March 18, 2021
Obviously, the primary reason Biden spurned this challenge is that world leaders do not customarily drop everything and fly somewhere to hold televised debates with each other.
But Hannity and Donald Jr. instead decided to endorse Putin’s preferred interpretation that Biden only refused his manly challenge out of the cowardly realization he is too feeble-minded to debate Putin, the Ben Shapiro of dictators.
The idea that Hannity and Junior are repeating “Russian propaganda” is a little overblown.
Their claim Biden is “senile” was not invented in Moscow.
It’s an exaggerated partisan attack line that flows predictably from the obvious fact that Biden is old and speaks haltingly.
It’s less accurate to say Republicans are repeating Putin’s propaganda than to say Putin is repeating Republican propaganda.
What’s more significant is the context of Putin’s taunt.
Biden’s response was a reference to Trump’s repeated refusal to acknowledge that Putin murders his political opposition in a way American presidents don’t.
In 2015, he batted away Joe Scarborough’s accusation against Putin by responding, “Well, I think that our country does plenty of killing too, Joe.”
In 2017, when Bill O’Reilly tried the same argument, he shot back, “There are a lot of killers. We have a lot of killers. Well, you think our country is so innocent?”
We’re in a fucking mess — the right side of the bus is way-tilted out of control:
James, or Junior, what is it?
(Illustration: Pablo Picasso’s ‘Agonizing Horse,’ found here),