President Joe Biden received a lot of criticism online after he made a couple of ethnic-related comments during a recent U.S. veterans town hall address in Delaware. During the speech, Biden claimed that despite being Irish “he’s not stupid.” He then went on to claim he’s got “a little Italian” in him as his wife’s family is Italian.
However, many people found these comments to be poorly made after a clip from the event went viral on Twitter. Many suggested that Biden was perpetuating an anti-Irish sentiment and that not only was he hurting his own genealogy he was making a mistake about his wife’s genealogy too.
Daily Signal senior reporter Mary Margaret Olohan went as far as to say that Biden’s anti-Irish comments were a “hate crime.”
Conservative digital strategist Greg Price similarly posted the clip on Twitter in which he added that “Jill Biden’s father’s name is Donald Jacobs,” and that “Giacoppa is apparently the Italianized version of Jill Biden’s maiden name.”
According to a CNN report, First Lady Jill Biden does not in fact have any Italian roots but rather her great-grandfather chose the name Giacoppa when he came to the United States.
Steve Guest, special advisor for communications for Sen. Ted Cruz similarly fact checked the information to note that Giacoppa was not Jill Biden’s father’s name but rather her grandfather’s name.
Biden: “I may be Irish but I’m not stupid. I married Dominic Giacoppa’s daughter so I got a little Italian in me.” (Jill Biden’s father’s name is Donald Jacobs) pic.twitter.com/aJ2iWu5Lmw
— Greg Price (@greg_price11) December 16, 2022