Biden was heckled by protesters on the other side of a fence where he toured storm-damaged New Jersey with several people castigating him for his handling of the Afghanistan withdrawal.
“My country is going to s— and you’re allowing it!” one woman yelled off camera, according to C-SPAN’s footage of the encounter. “And I’m an immigrant and I’m proud of this country! I’d give my life for this country. You guys should be ashamed of yourselves.”
“All this for a f— photo-op?” one man scoffed off camera. “You ain’t gonna do s—!”
Tuesday, President Joe Biden was touring parts of New York and New Jersey that were battered by Tropical Storm Ida last week. Joe met with locals and addressed the continuing fallout from the storm.
I wish every American could walk down this alley with me and see and talk to people who have been devastated, just talk to them,” Biden said in Queens. “None of them were shouting or complaining. Every one of them was thanking me that I was here, and hoping I could do something…Sometimes, some very bad things happen that have a tendency to bring out the best in a people and a country.”
“Climate change poses an existential threat to our lives, our economy,” he said. “The threat is here. It’s not going to get any better. The question is, can it get worse? We can stop it from getting worse. When I talk about building back better, I mean you can’t build it like it was before this last storm.” Experts “all tell us this is code red. The nation and the world are in peril. That’s not hyperbole. That is a fact.”
“The people who stand on the other side of the fences, who don’t live there, who are yelling that we’re interfering with free enterprise by doing something about climate change — they don’t live there,” Biden said. “They don’t understand.”