Biden breaks own rule by ripping Republicans while overseas

President Biden broke his own standard of political protocol by attacking his Republican rivals during an overseas summit — but escaped scrutiny from the same media that ripped former President Donald Trump for similar moves.

The commander-in-chief claimed the Republican party was “fractured” and Trump only had “phony populism” as he spoke at a press conference after a NATO summit in Brussels on Monday.

“The leadership of the Republican Party is fractured and the Trump wing of the party is the bulk of the party, but it makes up a significant minority of the American people,” Biden claimed, in a departure from what data and fundraising numbers show.

“I think it’s appropriate to say that the Republican Party is vastly diminished in numbers,” Biden said — admitting that he did not want to rely on statistics to back his claims.

President Joe Biden said that the "Trump wing of the party" only makes up a "significant minority of the American people."
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Reuters insisted that poll numbers showed that little has changed in the past year to justify the attack.

“Joe Biden’s comments about the GOP are lies and his dismissal of the 74 million Americans who voted Republican in November 2020, which flipped 15 seats in the House, underscores his failure to unite and lead our country,” Republican National Committee spokeswoman Emma Vaughn said in response.

Just as notable was the silence from the media amid Biden using his platform overseas to attack his domestic political rivals.

President Joe Biden (right) sits with European Council President Charles Michel (3rd from left) and President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen (2nd from left) at the start of the European Council in Brussels, Belgium, on June 15, 2021.

When Trump spoke out about Democrats while in Japan in 2019, Biden’s campaign called it “beneath the dignity of the office,” Fox News recalled.

Trump was also roundly attacked at the time by numerous left-leaning media outlets — with none of the same people or organizations appearing to have even mentioned Biden’s similar breach.

The New York Times Politics handle on Twitter had blamed “the age of Trump and Twitter” for his break of the tradition, while Politico’s Mark Caputo had praised Biden for “respecting tradition” for waiting for Trump to return to the US in 2019 “to lob a critical response.” Neither had tweeted about Biden’s break of the same tradition by Tuesday.

The sharp contrast in treatment did not go unnoticed.

“I’m old enough to remember when trashing the opposite political party overseas was a norms-breaking five-alarm fire,” NewsBusters’ Curtis Houck wrote.

“So much for politics ending at the water’s edge… Where are “muh norms” people?” Mike Howell of The Heritage Foundation also noted.

With Post wires

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