Joe Biden lashed out for making ‘old school, anti-Irish’ digs at recent Delaware town hall


President Joe Biden is facing criticism for what some say were “anti-Irish” comments he made during a recent appearance.

Speaking at a town hall of American veterans in New Castle, Delaware on Friday, Biden made a comment about his Irish heritage but added a qualifier that upset many.

“I may be Irish, but I’m not stupid,” Biden said on Friday, then mixed up Jill Biden’s genealogy and declared, “I married Dominic Giacoppa’s daughter.”

Dominic Giacoppa was Jill’s grandfather, her father’s name was Donald Jacobs.

Immediately, social media lit up in response to the comment, calling President Biden’s statement a “hate crime” and “old school anti-Irish stereotyping.”

“I may be Irish, but I’m not stupid,” President Joe Biden said at a town hall on Friday

Daily Signal reporter Mary Margaret Olohan tweeted Friday that she believed Biden’s dig could be considered a “hate crime.”

Others on the social media app didn’t go that far, but did point out that it appeared to be based on extremely derogatory comments about Irish people, particularly during the 1900s.

“Biden likes this Bidenism (he’s said it before in the past) – just casual old school anti-Irish stereotyping, but he thinks it’s a fun part of his gift of the word because he considers himself Irish (his great-great-grandfather moved to America from Ireland in the 19th century),’ wrote Jerry Dunleavy.

“Did Biden just insinuate that the Irish are stupid?” said another person on Twitter.

“Biden makes Irish jokes that haven’t been heard in the UK since the 1970s,” one person wrote.

A journalist on Twitter asked, “What do the Irish think about this comment Biden just made?” to which one user replied, “we don’t take offense, but maybe we should.”

Mary Margaret Olohan, a reporter for the Daily Signal, called Biden's statement a

Mary Margaret Olohan, a reporter for the Daily Signal, called Biden’s statement a “hate crime”

One Twitter user disagreed with Biden insinuating that the Irish are stupid

One Twitter user disagreed with Biden insinuating that the Irish are stupid

One person called it

One person called it “anti-Irish stereotyping” and described the joke as a “Bidenism”

President Biden’s comment about the Irish came alongside a blunder about his wife Jill Biden’s lineage and a joke about having “a little bit of Italian” in him.

This wasn’t the first time President Biden used the joke about Jill’s family.

In 2013, during the Italian ambassador’s ‘opera ball’, he told the guests: ‘Every year is the year of the Italian in my house.’

“I’m always called an Irish politician, but I was smart enough to marry Dominic Giacoppa’s granddaughter,” he continued.

This is Jill Biden's father, Donald Carl Jacobs.  Her grandfather's name was Dominic Coppola

This is Jill Biden’s father, Donald Carl Jacobs. Her grandfather’s name was Dominic Coppola

President Biden has used the joke about Jill's parentage in the past, usually for laughs

President Biden has used the joke about Jill’s parentage in the past, usually for laughs

The latest blunder comes as those on the left and right continue to question whether the president will be re-elected in 2024.

Biden, who turned 80 in November, would be 82 years old if he wins and takes office in 2025. He is now the oldest man ever elected president of the United States.

The president has many concerned about some of the blunders he has committed throughout the year.

One of the most notable concerns is that Biden has stated that his son Beau, who died of cancer, died while serving in Iraq and forgot earlier this year that a congressman he called out in a speech had already died.

Beau Biden (left) died of brain cancer in 2015 after serving in Iraq.  He is photographed with then Vice President Joe Biden (right) in 2009 at Camp Victory on the outskirts of Baghdad

Beau Biden (left) died of brain cancer in 2015 after serving in Iraq. He is photographed with then Vice President Joe Biden (right) in 2009 at Camp Victory on the outskirts of Baghdad

President Joe Biden reportedly resorted to expletives after becoming frustrated with discourse around his age

President Joe Biden reportedly resorted to expletives after becoming frustrated with discourse around his age

Biden has apparently grown tired of discourse about his age and blunders, as Politico reported that he once vented to aides, “You think I don’t know how damn old I am?”

They claim that Biden has regularly spoken to allies about how often his age is mentioned in the press.

Rep. California’s Mike Levin vouched for Biden, saying, “I hope and pray that when I’m in my 80s I still have that kind of energy.”

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