The White House press corps laughed and praised US President Joe Biden, after he joked about running over a reporter who asked a question about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as he tested an electric Ford pick-up truck.
Video from a Ford testing site in Dearborn, Michigan, shows Biden driving the F-150 Lightning truck model on a test runway, with the White House correspondents throwing him softball questions and laughing along – except for one female reporter.
“Mr. President, can I ask you a quick question on Israel before you drive away since it’s so important?” she can be heard asking.
“No you can’t. Not unless you get in front of the car as I step on it,” Biden replies, to laughter from the reporters. “I’m only teasing,” he added, then drove off, ignoring the question.
After Biden jokes about running over a reporter trying to ask him about Israel, many reporters start laughing; he then peels off and the press corps breaks into hysterical laughter pic.twitter.com/7pVn5vqMpI— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) May 18, 2021
The press gathered at the testing site for an “unscheduled stop,” and White House press secretary Jen Psaki wouldn’t say if Biden would be the test-driver.
Among the questions he was asked upon driving up were “Would you buy one of these?” and “How does it feel behind the wheel?”
White House pool report:— JM Rieger (@RiegerReport) May 18, 2021
"Your pool made an unscheduled stop … The pool is standing behind cones at the landing strip for 'our safety.’ Asked if Biden was driving, Jen Psaki said 'we’ll see’. Then president Biden appeared driving fast in a grey-ish f-150 lightning truck." pic.twitter.com/skWDerTXGZ
After he drove off, the gaggle could be heard laughing and calling the whole thing “fantastic,” with someone calling Biden “best test driver ever.”
President Biden is currently driving a F-150 Lightning through an empty lot, with a Secret Service agent in the passenger seat. "This sucker's quick," he told reporters. pic.twitter.com/KsVzZiVDB6— Kaitlan Collins (@kaitlancollins) May 18, 2021
There were no complaints about a threat to murder a reporter – even if made in jest – that would have been the talk of all cable channels had it been made by his predecessor Donald Trump.
Biden joking about running down a reporter for asking about Israel in an F-150 truck is a pretty good tell about just how performative the "how dare he" fainting spells of the past 4 years actually were.— Stephen L. Miller (@redsteeze) May 18, 2021
The president was visiting Michigan on Tuesday to announce an ambitious push for switching the US auto industry – which has fallen on hard times in recent decades – over to electric cars.
“The future of the auto industry is electric. There’s no turning back,” Biden said at the Ford plant in Dearborn.
Choose your fighter. pic.twitter.com/K5sTiorOfh— Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) May 18, 2021
While Biden’s cabinet has proposed a $2 trillion infrastructure proposal, critics have pointed out that only 5% of that investment would go towards roads and bridges, while the vast majority would be spent on “social engineering” programs.
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On Monday, major outlets reported that the Biden administration has green-lit the sale of $735 million worth of bombs and missiles to Israel. The news came as Israel and the Gaza-based Hamas and Islamic Jihad militants continued to exchange fire in a week-long conflict sparked by protests in Jerusalem.
One reporter interrupts the circus of media sycophants fawning over the dear leader to ask about Israel-Palestine, Biden threatens to run them over, the reporters giggle and Biden rides away to send Netanyahu more family-exterminating US missiles pic.twitter.com/hIlQT7iUfV— Max Blumenthal (@MaxBlumenthal) May 18, 2021
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