During his press conference on Thursday, viewers had “Creepy Joe” trending on social media after President Joe Biden answered questions by leaning into the microphone and whispering to reporters.
The purpose of the press briefing was for Biden to answer questions about the news that a bipartisan group of senators had come to a tentative deal on an infrastructure bill.
Last week, Joe Biden snapped at the press.
This week he's whispering at them. pic.twitter.com/2R54bmbZp5
— Townhall.com (@townhallcom) June 24, 2021
‘Creepy Joe’ Trends On Twitter
Yet the president responded in a manner some viewers thought was strange to the press audience, whispering to reporters while leaning over his podium time and again.
Townhall put together a video compilation of Biden’s responses on Thursday, which people began to share on Twitter.
It did not take long to get “Creepy Joe” trending.
Republican Congressman Andy Biggs said, “Creepy’ Joe took on a new meaning.”
“Creepy” Joe just took on a new meaning. https://t.co/RAJ8Nay0dv
— Rep Andy Biggs (@RepAndyBiggsAZ) June 24, 2021
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Republican U.S. Senate candidate Eric Schmitt wrote, “Creepy as all get out.”
Creepy as all get out. pic.twitter.com/E9vcCMZgiA
— Eric Schmitt (@Eric_Schmitt) June 25, 2021
Townhall editor Matt Vespa referenced the movie ‘American Psycho’ saying, “Not ‘Patrick Bateman I’m going to eat your brains’ creepy but pretty close.
Not ‘Patrick Bateman I’m going to eat your brains’ creepy but pretty close https://t.co/XsuoX7c4fV
— Matt Vespa (@mVespa1) June 24, 2021
Former Trump White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany asked, “What did I just watch?”
What did I just watch!? 👀
— Kayleigh McEnany (@kayleighmcenany) June 24, 2021
Republican Congresswoman Claudia Tenney answered McEnany’s question with “An arrogant guy using a condescending whisper to legitimate questions from the media.”
An arrogant guy using a condescending whisper to legitimate questions from media. https://t.co/MnKZPEQUIB
— Claudia Tenney (@claudiatenney) June 24, 2021
Mediaite’s Caleb Howe admitted, “This is painful.”
This is painful. https://t.co/1lLnA9XnDN
— Caleb Howe (@CalebHowe) June 24, 2021
Brigitte Gabriel added, “Creepy Joe is really creepy.”
Creepy Joe is really creepy. https://t.co/MpRBwMlXkt
— Brigitte Gabriel (@ACTBrigitte) June 24, 2021
‘Creepy Joe’ Not New
This is obviously not the first time “Creepy Joe” has been used or trended on social media. Many have commented for years on how the president awkwardly interacts with others, often women, touching and even appearing to smell their hair.
The hair-smelling behavior became so well known that left-leaning host of The Daily Show, Trevor Noah, did a skit on it in 2019.
Noah said at the time, “I mean, smelling hair is always weird. I don’t care who it is—even if you’re in a relationship, if you smell your girlfriend’s hair, she won’t say anything but in her head she’ll be like, ‘Is he a serial killer?’”
“Honestly, smelling hair is one of the creepiest things you can do,” Noah added. “It’s on the list of creepy things; it’s right after collecting doll parts and sneezing with your eyes open.”
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