“I like children better than people,” President Biden said Friday after receiving a hug from a toddler in Connecticut as protesters nearby yelled, “F–- Joe Biden.”
“When I spoke to all your friends on the playground, I joked that everyone knows I like children better than people. Luckily they like me. Maybe it is. be why I love them, ”Biden said during a speech in Hartford.
Biden, 78, knelt in front of the Capitol Child Development Center and hugged a child and spoke to several others.
But the joy of the playground has been nearly drowned out by immigration reform activists and some supporters of former President Donald Trump.
A similar scene unfolded during Biden’s recent trip to New Jersey – when protesters there also gave Biden a hostile reception.
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Zolan Kanno-Youngs of the New York Times reported that “protesters standing just outside within earshot shouted” F — Joe Biden “and” Ban Title 42. “” Title 42 is a COVID-19 policy that allows the government to deport quickly people who enter the United States illegally.
NPR reporter Scott Detrow relayed in a remark about the swimming pool that “at one point, Biden put a twisted blue tube toy on his head. By the time this happened, you could clearly hear Trump supporters across the street yelling ‘traitor’ and ‘f – Joe Biden. “”
Protesters taunted Biden on multiple occasions in Connecticut: first at Hartford Airport, then at daycare and finally at the University of Connecticut, where he spoke at an event in honor from former Sen. Chris Dodd (D-Conn.).
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Noah Robertson of the Christian Science Monitor wrote in a pool report that “[s]Some people with Trump flags (‘Trump Won’ ‘F *** Biden’) praised the exterior [Hartford’s] airport and filmed the procession on their phones. “
Later on the playing field, Robertson wrote: “About 50 other Trump supporters, with equally expressive signage, gathered at a downtown street. They chanted” F *** Joe Biden. He’s not our president. “They also shouted ‘traitors’ like a coda as we walked inside.”
At the University of Connecticut, there were more protesters waving Trump campaign flags and holding anti-Biden signs.
A sign read “What the F— does Joe Biden know about rights?” according to a pool report.
Biden also faced the heat from the left on campus. A few dozen students held signs with messages such as “Cuba sends doctors Biden sends bombs” and “Don’t come to my school unless it’s to write off my debt.”
Biden made the trip to Connecticut despite no obvious strategic focus as his legislative agenda stalls in Congress.
During his remarks at the daycare center, Biden admitted he was unlikely to pass his sprawling $ 3.5 trillion social spending plan without major cuts to win the support of Senate centrists.
He also joked about his own personal wealth. He said he couldn’t afford to babysit as a 30-year-old senator in 1973, but was doing well now with his presidential salary of $ 400,000.
“I’ve also been listed for 36 years as the poorest man in Congress. But I’m making a lot of money now that I’m president,” Biden said.
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Biden had a salary of around $ 200,000 a year when he worked as a senator until 2009 and vice president from 2009 to 2016, but he reaped a financial windfall in the years that followed.
In 2017 and 2018, Biden and First Lady Jill Biden funneled $ 13 million in book and speech revenue through “S corporations” to cut their Medicare taxes by up to $ 500,000 by cutting questionably how much of this income is produced by their own labor.
Biden earned nearly $ 1 million from the University of Pennsylvania from 2017 to 2019 for being an honorary professor at the Ivy League School. He has only made nine known appearances, including an event in November 2017 promoting his book “Promise Me, Dad”.
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