Critics are in unanimous agreement: The Republican National Committee’s latest attack on President Joe Biden was remarkably stupid.
During his visit to the site of the devastating wildfire in Maui, President Biden took a moment to interact with a search-and-rescue dog, an act that the RNC found to be extremely problematic.
In the midst of engaging with first responders, President Biden not only shook hands with the dog’s handler but also took the time to affectionately pet the dog. He even took note of the boots the dog was wearing to protect its paws from the scorching ground.
Commenting on the situation, President Biden remarked, “That’s some hot ground, man.”
A social media account linked to RNC Research, which claims to be dedicated to “exposing” President Biden, promptly shared a video capturing the moment when he was caught in the act of petting the dog.
The White House quickly shot back.
“He’s petting one of the dogs that’s working hard searching for remains so survivors who’ve lost loved ones can have closure,” deputy press secretary Andrew Bates wrote on X (Twitter). “This criticism is classless and stupid.”
And the internet piled on:
Biden gets distracted by a dog: "That's some hot ground, man!" pic.twitter.com/FtyuUgFOPF
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) August 21, 2023
he didn't get "distracted by a dog", you cold-hearted, soulless ghouls, he acknowledged a dog who is part of the rescue effort. who the fuck hurt you people anyway? https://t.co/ltZN9Df88B
— crunchyrugger (@crunchyrugger) August 22, 2023
— John Pavlovitz (@johnpavlovitz) August 22, 2023
I don’t always retweet MAGA Republican accounts, but when I do I prefer @RNCResearch.
The overwhelming majority of Americans love dogs. Unlike weirdo Trump. https://t.co/r9qbO8ZqEV
— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) August 22, 2023
HOW HAVE JIM JORDAN AND MARJORIE TAYLOR GREENE NOT ALREADY IMPEACHED HIM FOR THE CRIME OF DOG! https://t.co/m02edeE6Sk
— Rex Huppke (@RexHuppke) August 22, 2023
Dark Brandon cares for all creatures!
— Tom Mullaly💧Life Expansion (@wagefreedom) August 22, 2023
If you don't get distracted by dogs you have a heart of stone.
But more to the point it's a search and rescue dog and he's asking if they have boots because the ground gets hot (which is 100% true), so maybe shut up on this one? https://t.co/5ndgjTfn18
— Numbersmuncher (lol I'm not paying $8 for a check) (@NumbersMuncher) August 22, 2023
He's petting one of the dogs that's working hard searching for remains so survivors who've lost loved ones can have closure.
This criticism is classless and stupid. https://t.co/uJf99LxT1U
— Andrew Bates (@AndrewJBates46) August 21, 2023
Biden even approached the dog appropriately – top of the hand first. I will never understand how and why this very kind soul gets so attacked, relentlessly.
— Anti-SS Teenage Neighbor (@Anti_SS_69) August 22, 2023
Republicans are hopelessly broken people.
— Dave Bonazola (@DaveBonazola) August 22, 2023