President Joe Biden’s long pause in response to a question about whether or not First Lady Jill Biden supports a 2024 bid has received criticism.
In a wide-ranging interview with MSNBC’s Jonathan Capehart, which touched on several subjects, including Biden’s predecessor former President Donald Trump, Capehart asked a straightforward question about a potential 2024 run. “Dr. Biden is for it?” Capehart queried.
Before responding, Biden took a long pause and looked at the floor, prompting Capehart to follow up with “Mr. President?”
When he finally responded, Biden was tentative about how he answered the question. He began by saying, “Dr. Biden thinks that, my wife thinks that —” he then paused again, before continuing, “That we’re doing something very important, and I shouldn’t walk away from it.”
When a clip of that segment of the interview began circulating online, Republicans were among the first to criticize Biden.
Even Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel weighed in on the exchange calling it “scary.”
Timcast News Editor-in-Chief Cassandra MacDonald was as brief, tweeting “What a mess” in response to the clip.
Clay Travis, the founder of Outkick, tweeted, “Joe Biden seems to legit fall asleep during this interview. He just keeps getting worse.”
Others took a more joking tone to Biden’s response.
“I think there’s a brief nap in there,” Mark Davis — a Texas radio host and Newsweek contributor — tweeted.
Fox News Contributor Katie Pavlich also broached the clip of Biden with humor, “Looking forward to the fact checkers trying to explain this one.”