'Say goodbye to reading anything important': Twitter blasts MAGA fixation on Biden’s Thursday tumble

'Say goodbye to reading anything important': Twitter blasts MAGA fixation on Biden’s Thursday tumble
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President Joe Biden tripped and fell following his commencement speech at the Air Force Academy Thursday, and social media immediately exploded with reactions — including from former President Donald Trump.

@TheStormRedux shared a clip from Trump's Iowa rally via Twitter, writing, "President Trump just reacted to the news that Joe Biden fell onstage at the US Air Force Academy graduation ceremony. 'We gotta get this thing back on track. That's a bad place to fall… That's not inspiring.'"

During Trump's speech, a rally attendee shouted, "Biden just fell on stage."

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The former president replied, "He did? He just fell on what stage? He's at the Air Force Academy? He actually fell down? Well I hope he wasn't hurt. I hope he wasn't hurt. But it's.. the whole thing is crazy. You gotta be careful about that because you don't want that. Even if you gotta tip toe down a ramp....It's like an ice ska—you know, that was the best speech I ever made."

He continued, "And it was pouring rain and it was horrible and cold and windy. And they have a ramp that was pure like an ice skating rink, and it was like 25 feet long and I was talking to the general and he has boots on, you know, big combat boots and they're rubber soles. I have nice leather. And uh, I say you know what general get ready, if I grab you, you just get ready because I got this stupid ramp that somebody put up and there's no stairs right? And I said, so I tip toed down and I suffered for that. They never covered my speech but everybody, the smart people understood that. That's too bad. If he fell it's too bad."

The MAGA 2024 hopeful was referring to his visit to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in June of 2020, according to The New York Times, where struggled to walk down a ramp as well as "bringing a glass of water to his mouth."

Soon after Trump's incident, The Washington Postreported:

Elements of Trump's explanation strained credulity. Trump’s claim that the ramp had been 'very slippery' was inconsistent with the weather, which on Saturday in West Point, N.Y., was sunny and clear-skied. The grass plain on which the commencement took place was dry.

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After claps and cheers from the rally-goers, the former president concluded, 'We gotta get this thing back on track. That's a bad place to fall… That's not inspiring.'"

Other Twitter users reacted to the commotion around Biden's fall and Trump's response.

NBC reporter Ben Collins: "Welp, Joe Biden just fell down. Say goodbye to reading anything important on this site for the next 72 hours."

@DecodingFoxNews: "On 'The Five' Biden's fall was brought up 16 times. The cast was horrified by the prospect of a Kamala Harris presidency. Hillary Clinton got mentioned. Jessica Tarlov is the ONLY person who mentioned Franklin D. Roosevelt's 12 years as president in a wheelchair."

Political strategist Linda Li: "So Republicans will NOT invoke the 25th amendment for a President who terrorizes our own Capitol Who steals our nuclear secrets Who brags about hoarding classified docs Who extorts Ukraine Who lies about a stolen election But they will invoke it for a minor trip?! Got it"

General Manager at Edelman PR Martine St-Victor shared a clip of CBS News chief White House correspondent Nancy Cordes' reaction, saying, "About President Biden's fall at the Air Force graduation today, the perfect perspective - courtesy of journalist Nancy Cordes."

Cordes told CBS correspondent Norah O'Donnell, "Almost every recent president has taken a tumble in public at some point. One of the downsides, Norah, of being followed by cameras everywhere they go."

Watch the video below or at this link.

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The New York Times' full report is available at this link (subscription required). The Washington Post's report is here (subscription required).

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