President Joe Biden sure did take his sweet time putting together a statement regarding the shocking assassination of former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. But that’s probably because he wanted to make sure that it would be thoughtful and understated while also categorically condemning the murder.
Or maybe he just wanted to find a way to shoehorn gun control into his response:
Biden on the assassination of Shinzo Abe: “While there are many details we do not yet know, we know violent attacks are never acceptable & that gun violence always leaves a deep scar on the communities that are affected by it. The U.S. stands with Japan in this moment of grief.” pic.twitter.com/HBKPSqcpdo
— Jerry Dunleavy (@JerryDunleavy) July 8, 2022
“Gun violence always leaves a deep scar on the communities that are affected by it.” Yes, Joe, that’s very true.
Except this wasn’t gun violence. And it had nothing to do with gun control or the lack thereof.
I don't think gun violence needs to be mentioned in a statement by a U.S. President about an assassination of a world leader abroad. This isn't the time for Democrats pet issues.
— Arch-Phil (@RealPhillyP) July 8, 2022
God forbid the president be capable of mourning the death of a world leader without trying to use it for political gain. This is truly disgusting.
This statement is pretty odd.
Abe has been one of America’s most important strategic partners for the last decade (including the Obama years – which Biden was loosely involved in) and Biden is focusing on the larger impact of gun violence? https://t.co/me74qv6gty
— Matt Whitlock (@mattdizwhitlock) July 8, 2022
Joe Biden is first and foremost a Democratic politician. He literally can’t shut it off for two damn seconds.
It wasn't gun violence. It was terrorism.
— Rae A (@xrae) July 8, 2022
This was terrorism. Call it what it is, Mr. President. Or are you just too determined to live down to our worst expectations?
“Just the dumbest f**king thing for a president to say” could be Joe Biden’s tagline. It pretty much describes everything that comes out of his decaying mouth.
Even calling a homemade firearm built from pipes and duct tape "a gun" is stretching the definition, ESPECIALLY when you're alluding to a debate about legal firearm ownership. That thing was essentially a highly directional bomb.
— Noam Blum (@neontaster) July 8, 2022
oh come on
it was a homemade gun, literally no law would have stopped it
but nothing can stop Biden from injecting The Thing of the Day https://t.co/TDQOWVN6fQ
— Kaya (@kayatheshort) July 8, 2022
The Biden White House finally mentioned it in the most Biden White House way possible.
"Gun violence." Always be closing. https://t.co/r9UkQH4E4R
— Doug Powers (@ThePowersThatBe) July 8, 2022
They do like to stay on-brand.
Say what you will about the Biden admin. You can call them crass, petulant, childish, self-indulgent, tone-deaf, etc. You can say they neurotically fixate on partisan battles at the expense of American statesmanship and interests.
But you can't deny their message discipline. https://t.co/ncsKgvR0oU
— Omri Ceren (@omriceren) July 8, 2022
Never underestimate The Administrations ability to make everything about them or their agenda.
It's particularly vulgar here. https://t.co/m5FOS5t6a0
— Tweeting Indiscriminately (@mgcat) July 8, 2022
The entire Biden administration is particularly vulgar. Just an absolute dumpster fire. Shame on all of them.
Joe Biden says that assassinating Shinzo Abe is a problem of "gun violence." This is perhaps the stupidest thing he has ever said, and that is saying something. pic.twitter.com/NTm1Mpwu3W
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) July 8, 2022
Biden missed a chance to push for free access to abortion.
— MrMitchM3 (@dfmitchel) July 8, 2022
Maybe next time.