The Biden White House is blasting right-wing media giant Fox News on Monday after a Fox & Friends weekend host accused first lady Jill Biden of failing the United States by letting Joe Biden run for president.
‘This is disgusting. @RCampusDuffy and @FoxNews know better. They can do better and their viewers deserve better,’ Jill Biden’s press secretary Michael LaRosa wrote on Twitter.
‘I hope they’ll apologize to the First Lady and leave this kind of talk in the [trash] where it belongs.’
In a bizarre train of thought on Sunday morning, Fox personality Rachel Campos-Duffy seemed to partially blame the first lady for the crisis unfolding in Afghanistan.
Jill Biden’s press secretary demanded Fox News apologize for comments host Rachel Campos-Duffy made about the first lady
At the end of a segment on Biden’s slipping poll numbers and the US’s chaotic evacuation from Afghanistan, one host said the president’s handling of the crisis was diminishing the country on the world stage.
Campos-Duffy agreed, adding, ‘When you look at what’s hurting America, when you look at this lack of leadership, and you wonder who is responsible for putting someone this incompetent and frankly this mentally frail in this position?’
‘As a political spouse, I cant help but look at Jill Biden.’
The Fox contributor’s husband is former Wisconsin Rep. Sean Duffy, who served in Congress until 2019 and later also joined the network.
While in the House Sean Duffy was an aggressive supporter of former President Trump. Both he and Campos-Duffy were critics of Biden on the campaign trail and questioned the 78-year-old’s mental and physical stamina.
‘No one knew better his state of mind than Jill – Dr Jill Biden,’ Campos-Duffy said Sunday, referencing the first lady’s doctorate in education.
‘And If you ask me, the most patriotic thing Jill Biden could have done was tell her husband – to love her husband – and not let him run in this mental state that he’s in. I think she failed the country as well.’
Campos-Duffy questioned Biden’s state of mind and blamed Jill Biden for not stopping his successful presidential bid
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Criticism for the network and praise for Dr. Biden poured in over Campos-Duffy’s remarks.
‘@FOTUS is a smart, serious educator. Dr Jill Biden is both capable and extremely competent. Please ignore the petty, partisan, personal attacks on her character. It’s a serious sign of desperation from a few unserious pundits,’ former DNC chair Donna Brazile, who was also a Fox contributor until recently, wrote on Twitter.
Journalist Tara Dublin poked fun at the conservative commentator, writing, ‘While we’re at it, why didn’t Jill Biden warn the captain of the Titanic about that iceberg?’
Critics of Fox News and defenders of Jill Biden immediately leapt into action after Campos-Duffy’s comments
But a majority of Americans may agree with Campos-Duffy’s assessment of Biden’s mental health, according to a recent poll taken late last week.
Among likely US voters surveyed by Rasmussen Reports, 52 percent said they are not confident Biden is up to being president while more than a third – 41 percent – said they are ‘not confident at all.’
Just 46 percent of respondents are confident in his mental and physical capabilities.
At age 78, Biden is the oldest president ever sworn into office. Concerns over his mental and physical fitness for such a demanding role plagued his campaign.
When he chose Vice President Kamala Harris as his running mate, critics predicted the younger Democrat would be controlling the White House operation.
More Americans think Biden is not physically or mentally capable of being president than those who think he is
More than half the people surveyed think someone else is pulling the strings at the White House
But according to Rasmussen Reports’ poll data, 51 percent of likely voters believe other people are making decisions for Biden and only 39 percent think he’s in charge. Ten percent said they were unsure.
The number of people who think Biden is in control was 47 percent in March, a significant slip.
Overall favorability in Biden’s job as president slipped below 50 percent for the first time in his tenure last week. Currently he has an approval-disapproval of 42.2 to 46.4 percent, according to FiveThirtyEight.
His wife’s public favorability is slightly higher according to YouGov, at 50 percent.
However her unfavorability is far beneath his, sitting around 27 percent.