Donald Trump Tweet Calls Joe Biden A Pedophile — For Showing Support To Adult Woman
The president of the United States retweeted a post on Twitter accusing his political opponent of being a pedophile. If the person in the highest office in the nation using a communication tool that he also uses for official business to denigrate another public figure isn’t outrageous enough, the image in question is of Joe Biden with an adult woman — not exactly supportive of the claim. Furthermore, the woman in the photo has already said Biden was being supportive, not inappropriate, by placing his hands on her shoulders.
A recent ad from Meidas Touch outlines the evidence that collectively paints the president as a sexual predator. It includes his praise of Jeffrey Epstein, his sexualized descriptions of his then-teenaged daughter Ivanka and then-toddler Tiffany (whose potential for future bustiness he pontificated upon), and his bragging about walking in on undressed women and girls at beauty pageants — and that’s just the part in his own words. It’s titled “Pedo Trump.”
Trump supporters tried to fire back at this, with a post hashtagged #PedoBiden. “We can beat them at their own game,” declared the tweet that Trump shared. However, unlike the anti-Trump ad, this post bore no support of its claims.
— 🇺🇸Conservative Girl🇺🇸 (@ConservUSA38) September 15, 2020
There’s the original post, and the screenshot below shows that Donald Trump actually retweeted this.
What’s wrong with this picture? Aside from the projection from a man who boasts about his own predatory behavior, there’s the fact that nothing in this image supports calling Biden a pedophile or a sexual predator.
The woman in the photo is Stephanie Carter. Her husband, Ashton Carter, is a former Secretary of Defense, and the image in question was taken as Ash was sworn in, in 2015. It’s also not a case of Biden being inappropriate, and Carter has spoken out before about a false story being appended to her image as a political weapon. She wrote about it on Medium in 2019, saying that Biden is a long-time friend and was supporting her in a difficult moment.
By the time then-Vice President Biden had arrived, he could sense I was uncharacteristically nervous- and quickly gave me a hug. After the swearing in, as Ash was giving remarks, he leaned in to tell me “thank you for letting him do this” and kept his hands on my shoulders as a means of offering his support. But a still shot taken from a video — misleadingly extracted from what was a longer moment between close friends — sent out in a snarky tweet — came to be the lasting image of that day.
Carter makes it clear that appropriating her experience and falsifying a narrative around it is offensive and inappropriate, and that she’s tried to put a stop to it, and finally felt it necessary to tell the true story for all to hear.
I thought it would all blow over if I didn’t dignify it with a response. But clearly that was wishful thinking. I won’t pretend that this will be the last of that picture, but it will be the last of other people speaking for me.
Unfortunately, Carter’s sincere and clear response doesn’t seem to stop her photo from being weaponized, even by the U.S. President, to promote an attack on a presidential candidate.