(Headline USA) President Joe Biden claimed this week that airlines’ decision to charge customers for extra legroom on flights affects “people of color” the most.
Biden revealed on Wednesday that his administration is looking to ban “junk fees,” including the additional cost for roomier airline seats, suggesting that they are racist.
“Some airlines, if you want six more inches between you and the seat in front, you pay more money. But you don’t know it until you purchase your ticket,” Biden said. “Look folks, these are junk fees, they’re unfair and they hit marginalized Americans the hardest, especially low-income folks and people of color.”
Conservative critics pointed out that it seemed Biden was suggesting minorities are either poor or overweight.
“I have long felt that airline seating is extraordinarily unfair to oversized such as myself,” joked Knox County, Tennessee, Republican Mayor Glenn Jacobs.
I have long felt that airline seating is extraordinarily unfair to oversized people such as myself and warrants Federal intervention. Thanks to @POTUS for giving this crucial issue the attention it deserves. (For those lacking a sense of humor, this is called sarcasm) https://t.co/yn3KPJo5yC
— Glenn Jacobs (@GlennJacobsTN) October 26, 2022
Others pointed out that Democrats’ midterm prospects are so abysmal that Biden has taken to focusing on irrelevant issues:
Things are looking bad for Democrats, but will the message of "airlines charging extra for more legroom hurts minorities" turn things around? https://t.co/KFKFHZ1gLw
— Frank J. Fleming (@IMAO_) October 26, 2022
Former RNC communications strategist Doug Heye asked, “Who had Legroom Equity as a Dem closing message on their bingo card?”
Connecticut radio host Tom Shattuck quipped, “My people are rising up #FatLivesMatter.”
This is far from the first time Biden has inadvertently said something offensive about minority communities. Just this summer, he suggested that Hispanic and black families don’t actually own their homes.
Touting his unconstitutional student loan debt bailout, Biden claimed the hand-out would benefit people of color the most.
“The burden is especially heavy on black and Hispanic borrowers, who on average have less family wealth to pay for it. They don’t own their homes to borrow against to be able to pay for college,” Biden said.
“The soft bigot with low expectations,” RedState deputy managing editor Brandon Morse pointed out.
Conservative writer A.G. Hamilton agreed: “This is just racist nonsense,” he remarked.