President Donald Trump’s campaign is coming under criticism after one of its senior staffers on Sunday mocked Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden for “meandering” through a cemetery. Biden was visiting the graves of his late son, Beau Biden, and his first wife, Neilia Biden, and daughter, Naomi Biden.
Beau Biden died of brain cancer in 2015; Neilia and Naomi Biden were killed in a car accident in 1972.
Francis Brennan, the Trump campaign’s director of strategic response, tweeted:
REPORTER: "Mr. Vice President come talk to us."
Joe Biden just keeps meandering along. pic.twitter.com/6tnNQj2Ucg
— Francis Brennan (@FrancisBrennan) September 6, 2020
The former vice president had just come from St. Joseph on the Brandywine church in Wilmington, Delaware, and was walking on a path through the cemetery. Trump was playing golf at roughly the same time.
Brennan was roundly criticized on Twitter for the callous message:
Meet Trump campaign Director of Strategic Response @FrancisBrennan mocking Joe Biden for visiting the grave of his late son who is a US military vet. It's not just Trump- it's the entire Trump team that hates our veterans! #TrumpHatesOurVeteranshttps://t.co/eQYbX2iy6Y
— (((DeanObeidallah))) (@DeanObeidallah) September 7, 2020
You are a ghoul
— Jennifer Gunter (@DrJenGunter) September 7, 2020
In July, a RNC spokesman mockingly tweeted a photo of Biden and his dead son as a boy. Today, a Trump campaign spokesman mockingly tweeted a video of Biden visiting his son’s grave. pic.twitter.com/3v15U4eWe7
— Edward-Isaac Dovere (@IsaacDovere) September 6, 2020
Joe Biden visits his son's grave after attending church this morning. Punk from Trump campaign ridicules him. https://t.co/2rYPqCKImv
— Bill Kristol (@BillKristol) September 6, 2020