Despite the harsh criticism of mainstream media outlets, former President Donald Trump could count on cheering supporters to greet him at locations across the United States.
For President Joe Biden, however, throngs of enthusiastic fans were notably missing from his recent stop in Boise, Idaho.
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In their place were protesters on hand to insult the president when he arrived in Boise on Monday, according to the Idaho Statesman.
The newspaper reported that several hundred demonstrators were on hand to express their displeasure over a variety of administration policies.
A majority of the crowd, which was punctuated by anti-Biden or pro-Trump flags and signs, were lodging their protests against the botched U.S. troop withdrawal from Afghanistan and the president’s heavy-handed approach to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Boise Police Department pegged the size of the protest to about 1,000 people. A much smaller group of individuals showed up to support the president, as documented by reporters like CNN White House correspondent Jeremy Diamond.
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— Jeremy Diamond (@JDiamond1) September 13, 2021
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Biden traveled to Boise to address the National Interagency Fire Center, which serves as a regional hub to coordinate various federal agencies with state and local entities with the goal of more efficiently combating wildfires.
In his rambling remarks at the meeting, the president predictably blamed the fires and other forms of extreme weather events on man-caused climate change.
He went on to argue that a massive multitrillion-dollar spending proposal would prove vital in order for Idaho and other regions of the country to “build back better” after recent disasters.
The Biden administration’s kneejerk response of profligate spending on sweeping efforts to address abstract problems like climate change — as opposed to immediate concerns such as the Afghan debacle — is likely a central reason that hundreds of protesters greeted the president with explicit opposition.
Although Trump also attracted his share of virulent critics at his campaign events, it is increasingly and painfully obvious that his successor is incapable of attracting the type of loyal adoration he enjoyed throughout his term in office — and that continues into his post-presidency.