As we reported earlier, President Joe Biden took several tumbles while walking up the steps to Air Force One earlier today.
Videos that circulated on social media of the incidents showed Biden fall to the steps at least three different times in the course of a few seconds, as he attempted to board the plane for a trip to Atlanta. For those who missed it, watch what happened below (from two different angles):
President Biden stumbles while walking up the stairs to board Air Force One today
— TV News HQ (@TVNewsHQ) March 19, 2021
President Biden stumbles while walking up the stairs to Air Force One
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) March 19, 2021
— Doug Mills (@dougmillsnyt) March 19, 2021
— Peoples Gazette (@GazetteNGR) March 19, 2021
In the immediate aftermath of the fall, White House comms director Kate Bedingfield said it was merely a “misstep” and that the President was “just fine”:
I know folks have seen that President Biden slipped on his way up the stairs to AF1, but I’m happy to report that he is just fine and did not even require any attention from the medical team who travels with him. Nothing more than a misstep on the stairs.
— Kate Bedingfield (@WHCommsDir) March 19, 2021
But as usual with this administration, the messages sent from the Biden comms team did not mesh. Here is the laughably absurd excuse given by another Biden spox – White House principal deputy press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre – to reporters while aboard Air Force One:
.@KJP46 says President Biden is doing just fine after tripping up the stairs of AF1.
She said abroad the plane, “It was very windy. I almost fell coming up the steps myself. He is doing 100 percent. … He’s doing fine. He’s preparing for the trip just fine.” https://t.co/S0NVk44Amn
— Yamiche Alcindor (@Yamiche) March 19, 2021
As evidence, CNN obtained exclusive video of Biden fighting the wind just prior to beginning his trip up the stairs:
CNN’s just released video of biden walking to Air Force 1. pic.twitter.com/QAyof3Omd5
— Dr. Interracial 🇺🇸 (@sandyleevincent) March 19, 2021
And here you thought CNN would avoid covering it, unlike how they did more minor incidents with Trump.
But seriously, this is insulting to our intelligence. The wind blew him over three times? Get outta here with that BS.
Why not just say he’s human and tripped, like has happened to pretty much every other person on the planet? That is, unless there’s another issue at play they’re keeping from us.
Most of us have walked in the wind and, outside of maybe a hurricane, we’ve all been able to stay on our feet. Saying that Joe Biden fell because the wind blew him over is about as truthful of a statement as me claiming to be Charlize Theron.
Maybe the real reason they’re spinning why he fell is because they’re aware of why he really took those tumbles in the first place:
Did Putin secretly build the stairs on Air Force 1 that tripped up President Biden? More tonight on The Rachel Maddow Show
— Richard Medhurst 🇸🇾🇵🇸 (@richimedhurst) March 19, 2021
Was it Putin … or was it Trump? Because we heard a rumor that — well, you’ll just have to wait for a report coming from my colleague Nick Arama a bit later tonight on that front.
Stay tuned! 😉