Biden Slammed for Comment Made During Maui Visit

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( – During his visit to Maui, President Joe Biden made a remark that attracted criticism after the island was burned by devastating wildfires last week, according to a Fox News report.

The joke that the President made on Monday, August 21, was not perceived positively by users of X, formerly known as Twitter. During his visit, Biden joked about the “hot ground” in the Hawaiian island.

Biden arrived on the island on Monday, only days after the fires destroyed large towns and took the lives of at least 115 people (with hundreds of others still unaccounted for). The number of deaths is also expected to keep climbing as they keep looking through other areas during the recovery effort.

Before his remarks, Biden met with local and state officials. While petting a dog, he commented that it was wearing boots and joked that it was “some hot ground” outside. The reference to the “hot ground” was apparently not well-received by the public, especially following the devastating fires in the area.

Michael Dearing, the founder of Harrison Metal, commented on social media that there was nothing that showcased leadership quite like “yukking it up with the human-remains-sniffing dogs.”

Robby Starbuck, a conservative commentator, also urged people to imagine how it would feel to be one of those who lost one of their loved ones only to have Biden visit after taking two vacations only to make a joke about how “hot” the ground in the area is.

Steve Guest, a different conservative commentator, also urged Biden on social media to learn to “Read the room,” according to Fox News.

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