Protesters shout “F – k Joe Biden” as President meets preschoolers at daycare
President Biden made a little news during his visit to Connecticut on Friday. “No,” he said when asked by reporters if he supported term limits for Supreme Court justices – a reform being considered by a commission appointed by Biden. But the visit underlined how children are drawn into the cultural wars that take place between adults.
Biden’s first stop in Connecticut was the Capitol Child Development Center in Hartford, where he promoted the child care provisions of his Build Back Better proposal. He also visited the outdoor playground.
As Biden mingled with the preschoolers, around 50 nearby “Trump supporters” chanted “F — Joe Biden. He is not our president, “” Noah Robertson of The Christian Science Monitor wrote in a White House pool report. Journalists at the swimming pool on the playground “could still hear protesters singing from the sidewalk outside. No more swearing. No more shouting,” he added in a follow-up report, noting that he There were also chants of “Ban Title 42”, “which perhaps suggests that this was not the case with a crowd that only supports Trump.”
NPR News audio pool reporter Scott Detrow also noticed on audible “F — Joe Biden” chants, reports Fox News, as does The New York Times‘Zolan Kanno-Youngs.
The children were also drawn into adult fights over school diversity programs and mask requirements. CNN highlighted a horrific incident in Beverley Hills earlier this month where anti-mask protesters accused parents of “rape” and “child abuse” as they took their children to primary school .
“Increasingly, politics is defined by relatively small groups of relatively loud individuals who dominate speech, when it is not clear whether they are speaking for someone other than themselves- same, ”writes Christopher Hooks to Texas monthly, reporting the gruesome confrontations at school board meetings this summer and fall, often involving “at most a few dozen angry protesters. Some are not even parents of children in public schools.”
Hooks tells the story of an Austin-area Westlake High School sophomore who was yelled at and made to cry by angry adults who flocked to a school board meeting to protest the proposals for diversity, and a Dallas high school student was called a “sheep!” By mocking adults while advocating the wearing of masks.
“The most bitter and disturbing political conflicts invariably involve local politics,” but local fights are now more nationalized and uglier, writes Hooks. “The kids are okay, probably. They usually are. Those parents, though …”
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