Trump supporters mock Biden's visit to family grave, accuse him of 'rallying up deceased voters' in a cemetery
The president-elect and soon-to-be first lady Jill Biden made a trip to the cemetery to mark the 48th anniversary of the car accident that killed his first wife Neilia and infant daughter Naomi
President Donald Trump's ardent supporters online poked fun at Joe Biden's visit to the graves of his deceased relatives on Friday, accusing the former vice president of "looking for votes" in a cemetery. The president-elect and soon-to-be first lady Jill Biden made a trip to the cemetery on Friday, marking the 48th anniversary of a 1972 car accident that claimed the lives of his first wife Neilia and infant daughter Naomi, Newsweek reported.
As the family visited the graveyard at the Brandywine Roman Catholic Church in Wilmington, Delaware, a number of Trump supporters compared it to a mere "photo op" and questioned "where is Hunter Biden?" in light of a federal investigation into his business dealings. Biden also visited the nearby grave of his late son Beau, who died of cancer in 2015. However, several publications were forced to turn off their comment sections altogether as the president-elect continued to be mocked on social media.
Biden backers responded asking how they were "supposed to be nice to these people after the election" as Trump supporters accused the Delaware Democrat of "rallying up deceased voters," according to Newsweek.
Were supposed to be nice to these people after the election? The ones making memes of Joe Biden visiting his sons grave? pic.twitter.com/wDock05Zrp— Anthony Raia (@anthonyraia_) November 5, 2020
"He should probably find the bridge Hunter's living under and take care of that first," tweeted Mindy Robinson, a former Republican congressional candidate in Nevada who is now a conservative radio commentator.
He should probably find the bridge Hunter’s living under and take care of that first. 👌🏻— Mindy Robinson 🇺🇸 (@iheartmindy) November 3, 2020
A post-turned meme that became popular on Reddit's largest pro-Trump group on Friday read: "Joe Biden makes last minute trip to cemetery to rally up deceased voters." This came shortly after Trump urged his supporters to join a "wild" protest in Washington, D.C. on January 6 to fight for "election integrity."
Some Biden supporters questioned how the comments could be made by Trump backers who prided themselves as devout Christians, and thereby called for a "basic respect for human life," according to Newsweek.
That said, Biden's critics have also accused him of infidelity at the time of his wife's 1972 death, just as the 29-year-old politician was elected to his first term in the US. Senate. Meanwhile, a number of top comments on local news stories have questioned the "evidence" of how Biden's first wife and daughter were killed in the car crash, per the paper.
Neilia Biden and her 13-month-old daughter, Naomi, were killed in a car crash while going out to pick Christmas trees. Accompanying them in the car were Joe Biden's sons, Hunter and Beau, who were 3 and 4 years old, respectively, at the time. The two sons survived the crash. The family's station wagon collided with a tractor-trailer in an intersection outside Wilmington. Biden himself had just won his first Senate campaign in Washington, DC, and was briefing his staff when he received the tragic news.
He later met his second wife — Jill Jacobs at the time — and married her in 1979, five years after the crash, and they had their daughter Ashley in 1981. Jill Biden is now set to become the first lady when her husband is sworn into office in January.