Rumors swirled after President Donald Trump once walked gingerly down a ramp. However, President Joe Biden fell down the stairs Friday and the White House — and the press — are pretending it’s no big deal.
While climbing a flight of stairs to board Air Force One, Biden tripped twice and struggled to regain his footing before finally making it into the aircraft, Breitbart reported. Nevertheless, the White House downplayed the incident and claimed Biden suffered no ill health from the incident.
“I know folks have seen that President Biden slipped on his way up the stairs to AF1, but I’m happy to report that he is just fine and did not even require any attention from the medical team who travels with him,” White House communications director Kate Bedingfield tweeted. “Nothing more than a misstep on the stairs.”
I know folks have seen that President Biden slipped on his way up the stairs to AF1, but I’m happy to report that he is just fine and did not even require any attention from the medical team who travels with him. Nothing more than a misstep on the stairs.
— Kate Bedingfield (@WHCommsDir) March 19, 2021
The deputy press secretary’s statement about his fall was even more ridiculous. “It’s pretty windy outside,” Karine Jean-Pierre explained to reporters. “It’s very windy. I almost fell coming up the steps myself,” she said, according to the New York Post.
The New York Times tried to excuse his stumbling by blaming it on his recent foot fracture in an article headlined “Biden is ‘doing 100 percent fine’ after tripping while boarding Air Force One.” Despite advancing that theory, the story does point out that nobody in the White House would confirm it.
Meanwhile, Trump once had to walk slowly down a ramp at an event in June 2020 causing The New York Times to splash the headline, “Trump’s Halting Walk Down Ramp Raises New Health Questions.” However, during the lead-up to the 2020 presidential election, Trump was crisscrossing the U.S. while Biden mostly hid in his basement.
Since the campaign, many have speculated about Biden’s health and mental fitness. The 78-year-old has recently forgotten names, incorrectly referred to Vice President Kamala Harris as “President Harris,” and still has yet to give a formal press conference two months into his term. That isn’t making anyone feel better about those rumors.
Normally, a politician tripping or falling without getting hurt is a fun diversion, but this is just sad to watch. There are many indications he’s not doing well, and these incidents are increasingly evoking sympathy rather than laughter.