President Biden Calls Fox Reporter a ‘Stupid Son of a Bitch’ After Question About Inflation
(WASHINGTON) — President Joe Biden responded to a question about inflation on Monday by calling a Fox News reporter a vulgarity.
For a meeting in his Competition Council which focuses on changing regulations and applying laws that help consumers cope with high prices, the president was present in the East Room. Reporters in the room shouted a number of questions after Biden’s remarks.
Fox News’ Peter Doocy asked Biden about inflation, which is at a nearly 40-year high and has hurt the president’s public approval. Doocy’s network has been relentlessly critical of Biden.
Doocy called out, “Do you think inflation is a political liability ahead of the midterms?”
Biden responded with sarcasm, “It’s a great asset — more inflation.” Then he shook his head and added, “What a stupid son of a bitch.”
The president’s comments were captured on video and by the microphone in front of him. Doocy laughed it off in a subsequent appearance on his network, joking, “Nobody has fact-checked him yet and said it’s not true.”
Doocy told Fox News’ Sean Hannity that Biden called him later to the clear the air. Doocy said Biden told him, “It’s nothing personal, pal.”
A request to comment was not received by the White House immediately.
While the White House insists that its primary focus is on reducing inflation, Biden has reoriented his whole economic agenda to this issue. The president is open to challenging media outlets he finds too critical of him, such as Fox News or Doocy.
At his news conference last week, Biden said to Doocy with sarcasm, “You always ask me the nicest questions.”
“I have a whole binder full,” the reporter answered.
“I know you do,” Biden said. “None of them make a lot of sense to me. Fire away.”