A growing number of Republicans and independents appear to have little desire to hear President Joe Biden ramble on as the nation faces various serious issues.
According to a viral video purportedly capturing a private remark from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), some Democrats are also losing patience with the president.
“Whatever you want me to do”
BizPacReview reported on the development, which appears to reveal Pelosi admit that her fellow Democrats “don’t want to hear him talk” after Biden announced that he would be taking questions.
The “hot mic” moment allegedly occurred at the end of a teleconference between Biden and House Democrats in March to discuss a proposed $1.9 trillion pandemic relief measure.
Hollywood conservative James Woods shared the clip in a tweet. The video appears to show Biden sitting alone while speaking to Pelosi on a large screen.
In their own words… pic.twitter.com/E2E1zshteg
— James Woods (@RealJamesWoods) August 29, 2021
At the conclusion of Biden’s prepared remarks, he said: “And I’m happy to take questions if that’s what I’m supposed to do Nance. Whatever you want me to do.”
After a couple of seconds, Pelosi appears to reply in reference to Biden: “Am I on? No, we don’t want him to talk.”
Of course, Twitter labeled the tweet as “manipulated media” and BizPacReview noted that it was “suspect” given the length of time between when it was allegedly recorded and when it made the rounds on social media.
The cadence of Pelosi’s voice also seems to be slightly off, suggesting that the words had been spliced together from different remarks. Critics of the Biden administration, however, are sure to find plenty to oppose in Biden’s remarks even without Pelosi’s alleged input.
The president clearly asked whether he should be taking questions and, with or without the House speaker’s response, the feed was reportedly cut, effectively ending the meeting regardless of whether there were any unanswered queries. Whether the “hot mic” moment happened or not, the exchange is likely to further the narrative that Biden is not in control of his own administration.
Given the president’s penchant for gaffes in off-the-cuff public remarks, it might make sense for Pelosi and other Democrats to keep such statements to a minimum.