Joe Biden reportedly broke his foot over the weekend while playing with his dog, prompting President Trump to send the Democratic presidential nominee a get well message.
And while there’s no truth to rumors that the adoring media was in need of smelling salts to handle the bad news, they were apparently kept in the dark in response to the treatment of the injury — or should we say, they were kept in the press vans.
Biden’s doctor initially said the 78-year-old former vice president “sustained a sprain of his right foot” and that there was “no obvious fracture,” but a follow-up CT scan did find hairline fractures in the mid-foot.
Responding to a video of Biden leaving the Delaware Orthopaedic Specialists facility where he was treated, the president tweeted: “Get well soon!”
“Initial x-rays are reassuring that there is no obvious fracture and he will be getting an additional CT for more detailed imaging,” Dr. Kevin O’Connor said in a statement. “Follow-up CT scan confirmed hairline (small) fractures of President-elect Biden’s lateral and intermediate cuneiform bones, which are in the mid-foot. It is anticipated that he will likely require a walking boot for several weeks.”
The Biden press was not allowed to get out of their vans to record him walking in and out of the Newark, Del., orthopedic facility “despite multiple requests,” according to the Daily Mail.
WATCH: President-elect Biden went inside to Delaware Orthopaedic Specialists after he slipped while playing with his dog, Major, earlier today. pic.twitter.com/gjcRebfSfR
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) November 29, 2020
The assigned pool seemed to be fairly docile about the decision, which is inconsistent with the rabid reporting about a lack of transparency from the White House when the president contracted COVID-19.
There was a similar reaction over what was billed as a “seemingly unplanned” visit to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center back in 2019.
No video of President-elect Biden walking into Delaware Orthopaedic Specialists as the Pool is not being allowed to leave the vans, and transition won’t answer any further questions.
— Pat Ward (@WardDPatrick) November 29, 2020
Biden, who was visibly limping when he left the doctor’s office without a crutch or other aid, came out the loser in a game of tug-of-war with his dog Major, one of two dogs the Bidens have, and was taken to see a doctor out of an abundance of caution, the Daily Mail reported.
Major is one of two German shepherds they have and was recently celebrated in the media for being the first rescue dog to live in the White House.
Build Bark Better.
— Dr. Jill Biden (@DrBiden) August 26, 2020
In a statement issued by a Biden spokesperson, the candidate was treated on Sunday to “avoid disrupting regularly scheduled appointments on Monday.”
A Biden spokesperson provides this statement via pool pic.twitter.com/ZusZUc8LNJ
— Pat Ward (@WardDPatrick) November 29, 2020
Jim Geraghty, the senior political correspondent for National Review, highlighted in a tweet that the injury occurred on Saturday, but was not reported until Sunday.
“You don’t have to buy into any ‘Biden is in ill health’ rumors to be at least a little irked that the president-elect injured himself and the public was not notified for 24 hours,” he tweeted.
In another tweet, he called out the media’s double standard when it comes to Trump:
Look, maybe this is just a sore ankle. But if you thought the lack of information about Trump’s Corona infection was unacceptable, you should be irritated at how little information Biden’s handlers are providing about a 78-year-old president elect. https://t.co/fsVNTPUH9w
— Jim Geraghty (@jimgeraghty) November 29, 2020
Here’s a sampling of other reactions to the story from Twitter:
Did anyone in the media even ask Biden’s new *all-star* comms team why he needed a CT scan if it was just a sprained ankle?
— Jack Posobiec 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) November 30, 2020
Clandestine picture inside the medical laboratory working on Biden’s ankle… pic.twitter.com/mKmZoEivvM
— NHThinker ╖⁄⁄ (@NHThinker1) November 30, 2020
— Andrew Humphreys ✝️🇺🇸 (@AndyWHumphreys) November 30, 2020
The same crowd that spent a week shrieking about the 25th Amendment when Trump took an unscheduled trip to Walter Reed are sending Biden "get well" wishes. pic.twitter.com/S4wA7L5Odm
— PolitiFact Bias (@PolitiFactBias) November 30, 2020
Don’t forget to ask him what kind of socks he has on today and if he’s going to stop for ice cream on the way home.
— President-Elect Victory or Death (@IncognitoMeems) November 29, 2020
She tripped him
— _-Jok3sOnYou-_ (@Jok3sOnYou2) November 29, 2020
I’m sure the press will stamp their feet and talk about how this ruins democracy, any second now….. Just wait a sec…. It’s coming… Just you wait and see…
— Muddawg76 (@muddawg76) November 29, 2020
Where were the massive press gaggles asking every possible question about his overall health? I think that was a bit over the top when Trump was ill, but I got the rationale. Why the lack of curiosity now? (We all know the answer)
— Rational Policy (@ratlpolicy) November 29, 2020
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