In the clip, Biden seems to put his head down and shut his eyes — which is what most people do in the midst of a moment of silence — during the sad moment of remembrance.
Right-wing social media users took to Twitter to call the 80-year-old out for his alleged lack of respect. "A classless disaster," one person called Biden, while a second made a bold allegation, writing, "He is useless. Except in laundering money. It is the only thing he exceeds at."
"This is beyond belief," a third person threw in, while another labeled the Democratic leader, "Comatose in Chief!"
Biden was slammed by the press and the public last week for his lack of response to the deadly wildfires after he initially refused to comment on the ever-growing death toll due to the natural disaster.
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White House correspondent Justin Sink tweeted about his exchange with Biden, where he allegedly did not want to converse about the disaster in Hawaii. "I campaigned for you. Now, when I lose dozens of my friends, family, and neighbors. This?" Sink added.
In an interview, the journalist further clarified why the former Senator's response angered him. "If you do the kind of work I do, when the wave crests, you've got to paddle hardest," he told the outlet. "When tragedies like this occur, it's shocking to see people just conducting business as usual. … On the one hand, you don't want everyone to be in a perpetual somber mood, but on the other hand, how can you just carry on like that?" he explained.
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