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President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden reportedly forced several BBC “journalists” to give up their seats and table at an outdoor patio Thursday in Tregenna Castle, a hotel in Cornwall, the location of this year’s G7 summit.
The “journalists” were booted from the patio after Biden first sat with them long enough for one, Jon Sopel, to post a tweet highlighting the president’s ostensible humility.
“A first in my career. @POTUS comes and sits down at table in a bar next to me and orders a drink. Am trying to act nonchalant #G7,” Sopel tweeted.
— Jon Sopel (@BBCJonSopel) June 10, 2021
— Jon Sopel (@BBCJonSopel) June 10, 2021
Sopel’s followers ate it up.
“President Biden is a true human who has compassion, kindness, empathy and humility. Thankfully he shows it every day to everyone,” one follower tweeted.
Is he really?
He really is just the most laid-back, genuine guy. His mannerisms remind me of my late father, and I just wanna give him a big hug! 🤗
— Julia W (@jujujuliahh) June 10, 2021
President Biden is a true human who has compassion, kindness, empathy and humility. Thankfully he shows it every day to everyone. 👍🎉🇺🇸💖🤗
— Michelle A Lang (@chell1459) June 11, 2021
POTUS Joe Biden and FLOTUS Jill Biden are so classy, humble and gracious. They remind me of former President and FLOTUS Barack and Michelle Obama. This brought a tear to my eye. https://t.co/7eYZ0oAKNe
— Sonya💎😷💛🐝 🖤 Gemini Woman ♊ (@meSonyaB) June 11, 2021
Yet not long after this impromptu photo-op, the first couple decided to boot everyone — including Sopel — so that they could allegedly have the patio to themselves.
“You can bump into all sorts of characters at a hotel bar. Sometimes a VIP from the presidential suite shows up and wants your table. That’s what happened to the BBC’s Jon Sopel and Morgan Gisholt Minard while they were covering the G7 summit in Cornwall, UK,” the BBC admitted in an official report published Friday.
Minard, a producer for the BBC, shared a clip of the interaction to Twitter shortly after it occurred Thursday.
“There are few instances I’d feel compelled to give up my dinner table… I suppose this is an exception,” she wrote as a caption.
— Morgan Gisholt Minard (@mgisholtminard) June 10, 2021
Nothing about this unexpected move came off as “humble.” If anything, it provoked an avalanche of accusations that Biden is “rude” and “arrogant.”
Critics also claimed that former President Donald Trump would have never pulled such a stunt — instead, he’d have let them stay and probably even paid their tab.
Bidens are guests in their country; President Trump would never have done that. pic.twitter.com/kgId1VTd3a
— Kim In California (@KiminCalifornia) June 12, 2021
Well that was classy. The Biden’s are guest in the UK and they insult the citizens. What a dick.
— Trunks (@Trunks5369) June 11, 2021
Ew. Have some humility, #lifelongBureaucrat
— NotMarcia (@notmarcia) June 12, 2021
As president, you should wait in line like everyone else. This monarchy rulership mentality is crap
— Aaron Voymas (@voymasa) June 12, 2021
— DollarStoreGlasses (@DollarGlasses) June 12, 2021
OMG…what a pair of snots.
— R.W. Fredrickson (@rwf_infinity) June 11, 2021
Trump would have joined them & picked up the tab. Bet that would have been a fun group to be around after a long day.
— lori (@LoriLkwd) June 12, 2021
Critics also alleged that if Trump had behaved so rudely, the media would have pounced instead of slobbering all over him like he’s an infallible angel.
If it was Trump the impact would have been catastrophic
— mick jones (@Mick_Jones269) June 12, 2021
Can you imagine the shouting from liberals if the Trumps had done something like that?
— JustHereForTheEntertainment (@tvlover66) June 11, 2021
Where’s the Outrage, if Trump did this the mainstream media would go into a full blown emergency mode in Outrage
— CIRCLE BACK – ALI (@FonsusAli) June 11, 2021
For the majority of his presidency, the media have treated Biden special and in some cases outright “sucked up to him,” as the New York Post’s editorial board once put it.
For instance, the president’s first press conference in late March — weeks later than was expected — was teeming with soft-ball, leading questions.
“One of the defining challenges you face in the coming months is how to deliver on your promise to Americans on issues like immigration reform, gun control, voting rights, climate change. All of those right now are facing stiff, united opposition from Republicans on Capitol Hill. How far are you willing to go to achieve those promises you made to the American people?” one “reporter” asked.
Summed up, the question was basically this: Republicans are bad, so how do you intend to deal with that?
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) March 26, 2021
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