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Newsmax host criticizes Biden for picking a dandelion for the first lady

Published by Business Insider on Sat, 01 May 2021

<p><img src="https://static1.businessinsider.com/image/608d6edff22c6b00185db206-2307/GettyImages-1232603587.jpg" border="0" alt="Joe Biden Jill Biden" data-mce-source="Demetrius Freeman/The Washington Post via Getty Images" data-mce-caption="President Joe Biden gives a dandelion flower to first lady Jill Biden during their walk to Marine One on the Ellipse of the White House on April 29, 2021."></p><p></p><bi-shortcode id="summary-shortcode" data-type="summary-shortcode" class="mceNonEditable" contenteditable="false">Summary List Placement</bi-shortcode><p>Newsmax host Grant Stinchfield on Friday criticized President Joe Biden <a href="https://www.insider.com/joe-biden-picks-flower-for-wife-jill-photos-2021-4">for stopping to pick a dandelion</a> 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."</p><p>As Stinchfield <a href="https://twitter.com/JasonSCampbell/status/1388129500366577677">remarked</a> on the president's gesture for his wife of 44 years, the television chyron read: "Biden bizarrely gives Jill a dandelion."</p><p>"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."</p><p>He added: "I say it was a planted dandelion there. Who knows'"</p><div><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en" data-cards="" data-conversation=""><p lang="en" dir="ltr">"I say it was a planted dandelion there. Who knows" <a href="https://t.co/0y7aWqUlAS">pic.twitter.com/0y7aWqUlAS</a></p> Jason Campbell (@JasonSCampbell) <a href="https://twitter.com/mims/statuses/1388129500366577677'ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">April 30, 2021</a></blockquote><script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></div><p><strong><em>Read more: </em></strong><a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/peter-meijer-trump-impeachment-michigan-house-republican-profile-2021-4"><em>This millennial GOP congressman voted to impeach Trump. Now he's trying to save his party from going off a cliff.</em></a></p><p>Stinchfield's commentary struck a sharp contrast with other media outlets, such as Reuters, which framed the gesture as romantic.</p><div><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en" data-cards="" data-conversation=""><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Ever the romantic, President Joe Biden picked a dandelion from the grass and presented it to first lady Jill Biden as they walked across a lawn near the White House to board Marine One <a href="https://t.co/dORg9pM0rV">pic.twitter.com/dORg9pM0rV</a></p> Reuters (@Reuters) <a href="https://twitter.com/mims/statuses/1388080689501802496'ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">April 30, 2021</a></blockquote><script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></div><p>The first lady held on to the dandelion as she boarded Marine One.</p><p><a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/newsmax-host-criticizes-president-biden-picking-dandelion-jill-biden-2021-5#comments">Join the conversation about this story &#187;</a></p> <p>NOW WATCH: <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/kosher-passover-coca-cola-bottles-yellow-cap-bottle-soda-retail-food-drink-jewish-jews-2017-4">Why some Coca-Cola bottles have a yellow cap</a></p>
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