This is extremely offensive.
President Joe Biden’s humor is not always appreciated, the latest example being the President receiving flak for a joke which implied Irish are stupid.
Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day on Capitol Hill, Biden began his address by making a joke with Rev. Thomas O’Connor. After being introduced by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA.), Biden turned to O’Connor and, making the sign of the cross, said, “Father, before I begin: Bless me, father, for I’m about to sin,” a play on a phrase used by Catholics to confess their sins to a priest.
He then continued saying, “Well, I just want you to know, I may be Irish, but I’m not stupid. I married Dominic Giaccoppa’s daughter.”
Dominic Giacoppa is the Sicilian name of Donald C. Jacobs, Jill Biden’s father.
The President went on to say that Congress should have more times like St. Patrick’s Day where Democrats and Republicans can “get together, and we actually not only agree on one thing, but we remind ourselves we actually like each other.”
However, shortly after making the address, Biden faced criticism online for his “stupid” remark, with critics claiming it insulted those of Irish heritage by propagating a common stereotype.
In response to a tweet that quoted Biden’s statement, Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY.) questioned whether either of Biden’s assertions was true.
Radio host, Joe Cunningham, asked, “What did the Irish do to deserve this.”
In response to the same tweet, referencing Biden’s statements, Cassandra MacDonald, editor-in-chief of TimCast.com, said, “He just called the Irish stupid.”