THIS IS NOT A DRILL: Joe Biden almost falls off stage AGAIN during chaotic Yonkers rally
During a speech for Gov Kathy Hochul, Joe Biden was heckled to which he responded, 'Let 'em holler. Let 'em holler'
YONKERS, NEW YORK: President Joe Biden, while delivering a speech in New York on Monday, November 6, during which he engaged in a heated exchange with a heckler in the crowd, almost fell off the platform. The incident occurred at at Sarah Lawrence College in Yonkers, New York, where he held a rally to support Gov Kathy Hochul, a contender for president and the current governor of the state.
On Tuesday, November 8, Hochul will face Republican opponent and House Rep Lee Zeldin for her first full term as governor of New York. Hochul was appointed governor of the state when disgraced former governor Andrew Cuomo resigned in August 2020. However, when Biden nearly fell off the platform only seconds into the ceremony, things became worse as they went on, as per the Daily Mail.
“Oops, stepping on a – hmm – it's black,” the 79-year-old president, who will turn 80 later this month, said after regaining his balance, as per Daily Mail. Then, shortly after, a protester in the audience began to heckle Biden. “I know I don't look it, but I've been around for a little while,” the president quipped. At least one protester stopped Biden at this time, and as he was being led out of the arena, Biden appeared to encourage them. “Let 'em holler. Let 'em holler,” Biden fired back. “That's more like my generation, alright. I'm with ya.”
‼️🇺🇸 #Biden almost fell during a speech in New York.— Maimunka News (@MaimunkaNews) November 7, 2022
Footage released by the Daily Mail shows him walking around the stage, talking about inflation, and at one point stumbles: “Oops, stepped on… Umm… It's black. Anyway…" #USA #JoeBiden pic.twitter.com/85DFVoMBgf
To make matters worse, one audience member reportedly fainted during Biden's speech, causing him to pause what he was saying so that the person could get the assistance they required. "Okay, I got it, I got it," Biden said when the audience started panicking. "Let's get a little bit of help here. Someone fainted. I've got it, I've got it. We'll get some help over here."
The President was particularly chatty during the rally, enagaging with the crowd more often than he has in the past. During his presentation, Biden paused his speech multiple times to hold dialogue with the audience, notably with one spectator who kept yelling at the president about "drilling."
“No more drilling. There is no more drilling,” Biden told the upset audience member who was anti-drilling. “I haven't formed any new drilling. No.” This comment was in reference to a speech Biden gave on November 4 in California, where he asserted that the US will abandon coal mining in favour of wind and solar power. West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin stated on November 5 that Biden's remarks were the reason "the American people are losing trust in President Biden," despite the White House backtracking and asserting that his words were "twisted."
During the rally Biden asserted that there were 300 "election deniers," in the mid-terms. He also said that Republicans intended to deny Democrats the opportunity to vote and ensure that their ballots did not count when they were cast. "You can't only love the country when you win," he said in reference to some lawmakers who already suggested they will not accept the results.