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Joe Biden has developed a habit of snapping at reporters who ask questions that he does not like and the media has a habit of not calling him on it.
On Tuesday, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo was shellacked by New York Attorney General Letitia James when she announced that her office found that he sexually harassed many women.
While speaking about a meeting he had alongside Kamala Harris with Latino leaders, Biden was asked about Cuomo.
As he was ending the press conference, a reporter shouted a question to him about the scandal involving Cuomo.
“Thank you all, thank you, press, for being here,” he said as the press conference was coming to a close and questions began being shouted.
“Mr. President, should Andrew Cuomo resign, sir? Should Andrew Cuomo resign?” one reporter shouted.
“Whoa, whoa, whoa. Whoa, whoa, whoa,” Biden said, attempting to gain control.
“Should Andrew Cuomo resign, sir?” was shouted again.
“Wait — wait a second. Be quiet, please!” Biden said. “I’m going to be speaking on COVID at four o’clock this afternoon, and I’ll take questions on COVID and other issues after that.”
As The Los Angeles Times reported, the event came on the anniversary of the El Paso, Texas Walmart shooting where Latino people were allegedly targeted and 23 people were killed.
“I know how hard these anniversaries are,” he said. “No matter how much time has passed, it brings it all back like it happened that second.”
Among the groups attending the White House session were several organizations, including Mi Familia Vota and Voto Latino, dedicated to boosting voter turnout. Democrats have been reevaluating their efforts to win over Latino voters after last year’s election, which gave the party control of the White House and Congress but fell short of expectations.
In the hopes of laying the groundwork to increase Democrats’ share of the Latino vote in next year’s midterm, a coalition of progressive groups plans to spend $100 million this month promoting Biden’s agenda, including a focus on Spanish-language messaging.
Democrats struggled in some areas during the 2020 campaign season to combat targeted disinformation campaigns in Spanish-language social media.
Building Back Together, the political nonprofit led by Biden’s allies that’s coordinating the advertising drive, announced earlier this year that it would run an “always-on” campaign to continuously communicate with Latino voters.
Snapping at reporters has become a part of Biden’s press conferences. Days ago Biden snapped on Fox News reporter Pete Doocey after Biden announced that he wants Americans to wear masks again even if they are vaccinated.
On May 13, Biden told Americans that if they are vaccinated, they no longer needed to wear masks.
“If you are fully vaccinated, you no longer need to wear a mask,” Biden said that day. “Get vaccinated — or wear a mask until you do.”
Earlier this week, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated their guidance for areas of the country seeing a spike in infections.
Now, the CDC says people need to wear masks indoors even if they are vaccinated.
On Thursday, Doocey asked Biden about his previous comments and how the administration is clearly taking a hypocritical stance.
“In May you made it sound like the vaccine was to lose the mask forever,” Doocy said to Biden.
Biden said, “That was true at the time. I thought people would understand that getting vaccinated made a gigantic difference.”
Biden tried claiming that things have “changed” since his comments back in May.
“What happened was a new variant came along, they didn’t get vaccinated, it spread more rapidly and people are getting sick. That’s the difference,” a visibly annoyed Biden shouted back at Doocey.
Biden then walked out of the East Room at the White House.
Doocy vs. Biden 🔥
Doocy: You said if you were fully vaccinated, you no longer need to wear a mask.
Biden: I didn't say that.
Doocy: You did.
Doocy: In May, you made it sound like the vaccine was the ticket to lose the mask forever.
Biden: That was true at the time. pic.twitter.com/0ITF0GZZqM
— Curtis Houck (@CurtisHouck) July 29, 2021