Senator Blackburn says Pres. Biden was ‘sexist’ for Fox News reporter

Senator Marsha Blackburn claimed President Biden was “sexist” when he on Thursday called Fox News reporter Jacqui Heinrich’s investigation into Russian-Ukrainian tensions “stupid.”

“This is extremely sexist and unwarranted. @JacquiHeinrich is a smart, well-prepared journalist, and Biden should apologize immediately,” Blackburn (R-Tenn.) tweeted.

Biden made the snipe Thursday afternoon as reporters were chased from the Eisenhower Executive Office Building adjacent to the White House.

“Why are you waiting [Russian President Vladimir] Putin to take the first step, sir? asked Heinrich.

The president glared in disbelief and mumbled to a group of science policy advisers, “What a stupid question.

Others defended Heinrich’s question on its merits – saying that proactive action by the United States to deter a possible Russian invasion would be wise.

President Biden answered “What a stupid question” when asked by a Fox News reporter why the United States was waiting for Putin to make the first move.
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“It’s not a stupid question” tweeted Brett Bruen, who served as White House director of global engagement under President Barack Obama. ” It’s really important. We continue to allow Putin to define the terms, timing and trajectory of this crisis. It’s time we stopped being so reactive and started creating some of our own conditions.

Biden’s firing of Heinrich was the second time in as many days the president criticized a reporter for asking for something he didn’t like.

During his second solo White House press conference on Wednesday, Biden hinted that RealClearPolitics reporter Philip Wegmann might not be able to read when Wegmann asked about Biden’s controversial speech earlier this month. in which he claimed that Republicans who opposed federal election reform legislation would be “on the side of ‘famous historical racists.’

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Senator Marsha Blackburn said President Biden was sexist towards the Fox News reporter.
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“I know you take issue with the characterization that you called the people who would oppose these bills as ‘Bull Connor’ or ‘George Wallace’, but you said they would kind of be in the same camp,” Wegmann said.

“No, I didn’t say that. Look what I said. Go back and read what I said and tell me if you think I called anyone who voted on the side of Bull Connor’s position that he was Bull Connor,” Biden fumed. “It’s an interesting read of English. You – I guess you got into journalism because you liked to write.

Biden campaigned for president last year to end the divisive politics that defined President Donald Trump’s four years in office.

Although Trump has often lambasted “fake news” or “third-rate” journalists and claimed some are “the enemy of the people” – drawing significant media condemnation – Biden has also had a number of clashes with journalists.

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Senator Marsha Blackburn called Fox News reporter Jacqui Heinrich “well-prepared” and “smart” and said President Biden should apologize.

In July, Biden hit out at NBC News reporter Kelly O’Donnell for disobeying her request to only ask questions “about Iraq” when she instead asked the president about reports that the ministry of Veterans Affairs would require staff to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

“You are such a pain in the neck. But I will answer your question because we have known each other for so long. It has nothing to do with Iraq,” Biden said, before confirming that the VA would be the first federal agency to mandate vaccination.

In June, Biden lashed out at CNN reporter Kaitlan Collins when she shouted a question at a press conference following his in-person summit with Putin in Geneva.

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This is not the first time that President Biden has attacked a journalist. He recently hinted that an RCP reporter was illiterate when asked why he compared Republicans who opposed his suffrage bill to racists.
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President Biden also called NBC News reporter Kelly O’Donnell a “pain in the neck” when she asked him about the vaccination mandates.
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Collins asked, “Why are you so confident he will change his behavior, Mr. President?”

“I’m not sure he’ll change his behavior!” What the hell? What do you do all the time? When did I say I was confident? Biden fired back as he walked towards her with his finger raised.

Biden erupted again when Collins went on to note that Putin had denied any involvement in cyberattacks on the United States and downplayed human rights abuses by Russia before asking the president how the meeting between the two leaders could be considered constructive.

“If you don’t understand that, you’re in the wrong business,” Biden shot back before storming off.

Shortly after that meeting, Biden apologized “for being short” with Collins before boarding his flight back to the United States.

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Some defended Jacqui Heinrich’s question and said that the United States taking proactive action against Russia would be a good idea.
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