US President Joe Biden has landed in the deep fryer after bragging he called out Vladimir Putin for having “no soul” – a claim that led many to cry foul when the politician refused to talk to his Russian counterpart on the phone.
Despite Biden’s apparent comfort in trash-talking the Russian president with ABC host George Stephanopoulos in the comfort of the network’s studios on Thursday, the American leader became suddenly elusive when Putin offered him a chance to air his grievances in a live debate.
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Indeed, Biden’s about-face was so quick – and so uncharacteristic for a man who was supposedly willing to call out the leader of one of the US’ chief geostrategic rivals as a soulless “killer” – that many of Biden’s detractors suggested the man had gotten cold feet, afraid of what Putin might do to him.
Biden was “scared” of Putin, critics jeered, dubbing the Democrat #ChickenJoe.
Joe Biden scared of Putin 😂#chickenjoe
— Phillip Neanderthal Jones🦅🇺🇸 (@RealPhilJones1) March 19, 2021
— Will Ferrell (@Will___Ferrell) March 19, 2021
Critics of the president were quick to lob other insults at the Capon-in-Chief, skewering everything from his handling of the border crisis…
Who built the cages, #ChickenJoe?
— Brigitte Gabriel (@ACTBrigitte) March 19, 2021
— Baharak (@Baharak_Irani) March 19, 2021
… to the kind of empty tough-guy talk that got him into the #ChickenJoe situation to begin with.
#ChickenJoe is too busy napping to stand up for America against Putin.
The American people deserve better.
— Nick Adams (@NickAdamsinUSA) March 19, 2021
#ChickenJoe is afraid to debate Vladimir Corn Pop.
— Eric “Neanderthal” Rocketman Deplorable Chump (@keck553) March 19, 2021
One widely followed pro-Trump user repeatedly urged his followers to flog the hashtag, at one point raising it to the number two trend in the US.
#ChickenJoe is now Trending
— Matt.B (@mattbomford81) March 19, 2021
#2 now – LOL!
— Catturd ™ (@catturd2) March 19, 2021
Biden fans did their best to flip the hashtag into a favorable trend for the president, even when it meant trotting out memes about the now-debunked “Russian bounties” claim, wheeling out paid shills for the Democratic Party, or generic Russia-blaming.
Pretty funny that we watched the former guy bow to Putin for the past 4 years without a word of criticism about the bounties on American soldiers' heads or election meddling.
But President Biden calls him a murderer, and MAGA calls him #ChickenJoe? That's stupid.
— BrooklynDad_Defiant! (@mmpadellan) March 19, 2021
It’s easier than ever to spot the Russian sock puppet accounts on the right. They’re the one pushing the #ChickenJoe hashtag. You’ll find they also applauded any time Trump gargled Putin’s nuts.
— Hal Sparks (@HalSparks) March 19, 2021
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