The Biden administration is facing some partisan heat this week over allegations of botched Memorial Day messaging.
For his part, Fox News Channel personality Sean Hannity criticized Vice President Kamala Harris and even President Joe Biden for social media comments without a reference to the holiday’s national significance. Harris wished Americans a good “long weekend” while Biden told Americans to “stay cool.”
“Democracy is in peril”
Ahead of Memorial Day, the vice president tweeted an image of herself along with the caption: “Enjoy the long weekend.”
Her post came with no mention of the sacrifices made by members of the U.S. military and soon faced widespread opprobrium that continued even after she subsequently tweeted a message containing a more respectful sentiment.
Similarly, Biden attracted critical comments after posting an image of himself eating ice cream and the message: “Stay cool this weekend, folks.”
Of course, they both went on to make public statements more in line with the somber significance of the holiday.
As the Washington Examiner noted, the president’s Memorial Day speech at Arlington National Cemetery focused on a warning that “democracy is in peril” at home and abroad.
“Brings back memories of Obama”
“Our troops have fought this battle on fields around the world but also the battle of our time, and the mission falls to each of us each and every day,” Biden said. “Democracy itself is in peril — here at home and around the world.”
The morning after her tone-deaf tweet on Saturday, Harris followed up with a statement more in line with expectations.
“Throughout our history our service men and women have risked everything to defend our freedoms and our country,” the vice president tweeted on Sunday. “As we prepare to honor them on Memorial Day, we remember their service and their sacrifice.”
Nevertheless, Hannity joined other conservative pundits in publicly addressing the perceived lack of respect.
“That kind of brings back memories of Obama,” he told his audience on Tuesday. “He didn’t know the difference between Veterans Day or Memorial Day. Remember he referred to ‘Navy corpse-men,’ ‘Navy corpse-men’ he did it three times in one speech, and the DNC, which tweeted out this celebratory memorial day picture of Obama with an ice cream cone in 2015.”