In response to a reporter’s inquiry about whether he plans to visit East Palestine, Ohio after a train derailment and ecological disaster, President Joe Biden provided an awkward response.
“Are you planning to travel to East Palestine Ohio?” the reporter asked.
“This time, I’m not. I was — I did a whole video — I mean — you know, the — what the hell — on,” Biden blurted out.
“Zoom?” the reporter asked.
“Zoom! Zoom. All I can hear every time I think of Zoom is that song of my generation, Who’s Zoomin’ Who?” Biden joked.
Biden’s response demonstrates his lack of concern for the situation in Ohio. While he was cavorting with Ukrainian funnyman-turned-president Volodymyr Zelensky, a community in Ohio was devastated by a train derailment and toxic chemical spill.
Q: Are you planning to travel to East Palestine Ohio?— Howard Mortman (@HowardMortman) February 25, 2023
BIDEN: This time, I’m not. I was — I did a whole video — I mean — you know, the — what the hell — on —
BIDEN: Zoom! Zoom. All I can hear every time I think of Zoom is that song of my generation, Who’s Zoomin’ Who? pic.twitter.com/J8uakpYzXP
Rogan O’Handley, a Trump supporter, pointed out that Columbiana County, where East Palestine is located, voted 71.7% for Trump in the 2020 election. O’Handley suggests that Biden and Buttigieg’s lack of response to the disaster is due to this voting demographic.
Just in case you were wondering why Biden and Buttigieg are ignoring the toxic chemical spill in East Palestine, Ohio— DC_Draino (@DC_Draino) February 14, 2023
Columbiana County voted 71.7% for Trump in 2020 pic.twitter.com/Ibq5Is6lZI
“Just in case you were wondering why Biden and Buttigieg are ignoring the toxic chemical spill in East Palestine, Ohio Columbiana County voted 71.7% for Trump in 2020,” O’Handley noted.
Donald Trump, on the other hand, visited East Palestine to provide the community with support, clean water, and cleaning supplies.
Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg visited three weeks after the train derailment, but dodged difficult questions and received a brief tour of the site before leaving.
I confronted Pete Buttigieg once again on being 3 weeks later after he tried to dance around questions on slow federal response.— Savanah Hernandez (@sav_says_) February 23, 2023
I then asked if he thinks 1,000 train derailments per year was okay with him, since that was his initial response to the East Palestine derailment pic.twitter.com/x0W4dMyXSq
John Rourke, Blue Line Moving company CEO, appeared with Tucker Carlson and provided his assessment of the Trump visit and Biden’s avoidance of visiting the community.
Tucker Carlson Interviews John Rourke Of Blue Line Moving About President Trump's Visit To East Palestine, Ohio Today— The Columbia Bugle 🇺🇸 (@ColumbiaBugle) February 23, 2023
John: "That was a leadership that I saw today. I saw people standing on the streets screaming for this man. Chanting 'USA, USA!' I mean, it just gives me… https://t.co/tTF4EriPbs pic.twitter.com/QJUfnFFwJn
“The fact that President Biden has refused to come to this small town when he’s supposed to be Scranton Joe, a small town hero of the working man, and he can’t even show his face in a town of American citizens that need his leadership, that need the government’s help terribly,” Rourke said.
“And he proved what everybody I think already knew in this country is that he’s not the leader for this country,” he added. “And that Donald J. Trump is the leader that we all know he is, and he is the leader of this country. And he proved that today. That was leadership that I saw today. I saw people standing on the streets screaming for this man chanting ‘USA, USA.’ I mean, it just gives me goosebumps.”
“And, and to have President Trump personally thank me, I mean, it almost brought me to tears, man,” Rourke added. “To be honest. you know, I’m just a humble guy. I’m a working man family man. And to be able to, you know, have someone like him thank me personally was a big deal for me in my family.”