Biden Goes Off Script, Controversy Ensues

Gage Skidmore from Peoria, AZ, United States of America, CC BY-SA 2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

( – In the past few months, President Joe Biden has taken a different approach when it comes to fundraising events, leaving behind the pre-written scripts and teleprompters in favor of his old style of remarks. This has allowed him to address several key issues, including the GOP, the Israel-Gaza war, and the Chinese government as he tries to please donors.

In June he first remarked during an event that he considered the Chinese President Xi Jinping a dictator, that statement caused a lot of criticism from Beijing.

In December, he noted during a different fundraiser that if former President Donald Trump had not opted to run for a third time in the 2024 presidential election, then he might have chosen not to seek reelection. This message was particularly important as the 81-year-old President has particularly low approval ratings and there are many voters in the Democratic Party and beyond who are scared about his age.

During a fundraiser on Dec. 12, Biden told donors that he had addressed Israel’s “indiscriminate” bombing of Gaza which first started on Oct. 7 after the Hamas attack against the country, during a private meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. This was the first time that Biden had expressed anything but support for Israel’s attack on Gaza.

These open-mic moments during the fundraising events which have allowed Biden to go off script have resulted in White House aides often having to either provide further explanation for some of the statements Trump made or be forced to contradict the previous statements in an attempt to keep in line with the Biden’s administrations messaging.

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