President Joe Biden arrived in Fort Myers, Florida, on Wednesday to survey the damage caused by last week’s Hurricane Ian — and a hot mic caught him delivering a spicy remark along with his promise of federal help.
Biden and first lady Jill Biden traveled to the Sunshine State after Ian’s high winds and devastating storm surge dealt billions of dollars in damages to Florida, with much of the devastation focused on the Gulf Coast near Fort Myers and the surrounding areas.
Digital strategist Greg Price captured video of the hot-mic moment and shared it in a tweet, which he captioned, “Biden says on hot mic: ‘No one f***s with a Biden …’”
Biden says on hot mic: "No one fucks with a Biden…" pic.twitter.com/Oo814Z8JY1
— Greg Price (@greg_price11) October 5, 2022
Biden, wearing a blue and white striped shirt, could be seen shaking hands with Fort Myers Beach Mayor Ray Murphy, who wore a bucket hat and sunglasses, and the audio first captured Murphy thanking Biden for making the trip.
“Thanks for everything,” he said. “Thanks for coming down, we appreciate it.”
The next few comments were unintelligible, but after a moment, Biden laughs, “No one f***s with a Biden.”
“You’re God damn right,” Murphy laughed.
“And you can’t argue with your brothers outside the house,” Biden replied then, to which the mayor said, “That’s exactly right, that’s exactly right.”
Critics were quick to suggest that there were a number of people who did, in fact, “f*** with a Biden,” taking to Twitter to provide examples.
“LOL, except OPEC, Saudis, Russia, China, and DJT,” @RDog861 tweeted.
LOL, except OPEC, Saudis, Russia, China, and DJT. https://t.co/CMKpGodnC3
— R T (@RDog861) October 5, 2022
“Except the Taliban,” came from @JTlol.
Except the Taliban. https://t.co/iz6YfWWemP
— jimtreacher.substack.com (@jtLOL) October 5, 2022
“Except for China … and Russia … and Ukraine … And anyone else who paid them. But away from that, sure,” Jeff Carlson tweeted.
“CCP, Russia, N Korea, OPEC & inflation could not be reached for comment,” @LibertyLockPod remarked.
CCP, Russia, N Korea, OPEC & inflation could not be reached for comment https://t.co/PyAUzBad8m
— Liberty Lockdown w/ Clint Russell (@LibertyLockPod) October 5, 2022
“Hunter’s entire laptop begs to differ,” radio host Vince Coglianese asserted.
“If the White House and the Democrats actually let Biden the actual dude be president, he’d probably be hilariously popular — but that’s happened like 4 days in a basically miserable 600,” @CurtMills added.
Biden’s official remarks appeared to go a bit sideways as well — after saying that Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) had done a good job in taking care off the state through the damaging storm, he embarked on a lengthy and rambling story about providing the state with telephone poles that could weather similar conditions.
Biden says DeSantis has done a “remarkable job” and then starts rambling about a telephone pole pic.twitter.com/0hXHVuj02Y
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) October 5, 2022