- Newsmax host Grant Stinchfield criticized Biden for picking up a dandelion for his wife, Jill.
- “It’s a dandelion that hasn’t even blossomed into a flower yet,” Stinchfield said.
- “I say it was a planted dandelion there,” he added. “Who knows?”
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Newsmax host Grant Stinchfield on Friday criticized President Joe Biden for stopping to pick a dandelion for first lady Jill Biden while they walked to the Marine One helicopter on the White House Ellipse, saying that if the flower is blown “then everybody starts sneezing.”
As Stinchfield remarked on the president’s gesture for his wife of 44 years, the television chyron read: “Biden bizarrely gives Jill a dandelion.”
“All right folks, take a look at this,” he said. “Joe Biden, getting on Marine One, and he stops and picks up … I think it’s a dandelion? But it’s a dandelion that hasn’t even blossomed into a flower yet, like it gives everybody asthma. So you blow it, it goes everywhere, and then everybody starts sneezing. Well, he picks up the weed and gives it to Jill as what I guess is supposed to be some kind of a sweet gesture.”
He added: “I say it was a planted dandelion there. Who knows?”
—Jason Campbell (@JasonSCampbell) April 30, 2021
Stinchfield’s commentary struck a sharp contrast with other media outlets, such as Reuters, which framed the gesture as romantic.
—Reuters (@Reuters) April 30, 2021
The first lady held on to the dandelion as she boarded Marine One.