UPDATED 3:48 PM PT – Thursday, July 22, 2021
Joe Biden spoke to a half-empty room during a live CNN Town Hall event in Ohio. On Wednesday, Biden began a night of contradictions as he began by blaming guns for the rise in violent crime across the country.
He focused on his reputation as a pro-gun control senator during his time in Congress, saying he’s looking to get rid of a range of guns. However, he quickly shifted the blame.
President Biden speaks to a half empty room during a @CNN town hall tonight with @donlemon. This is Hamilton County in Cincinnati, a county that Biden won in 2020. Let that sink in. pic.twitter.com/QxRxlhQ2Rz
— Mark Vargas (@MarkAVargas) July 22, 2021
He went on to claim that he and other Democrats had never called for defunding the police, saying Republicans who pointed out the left’s support for the movement were liars.
Biden continued on to promote COVID-19 vaccinations for children. At one point, he was asked whether children under the age of 12 should be vaccinated despite their risk of developing COVID-19 being less than 1.9 percent.
The question was posed amid heightened concerns over possible negative side effects of the COVID-19 vaccine, which hasn’t yet been fully approved by the Food and Drug Administration. He also downplayed concerns over growing inflation in the U.S. yet again, saying it won’t last long.
🚨 NEW POLL shows that:
✔️ 60% of voters disapprove of Biden's handling of rising prices
✔️ 7 out of 10 voters express concern about rising prices
✔️ Voters are 4X more likely to blame the president & Democrats for rising prices#Bidenflation https://t.co/1jEBGlgfKO
— NRCC (@NRCC) July 22, 2021
According to Biden, a majority of experts suggest it’s highly unlikely inflation will be a long-term problem or that it will even get out of hand.
However, a new poll from the National Republican Congressional Committee showed 70 percent of voters are extremely or very concerned about the rising cost of living. Additionally, another 60 percent also disapproved of Biden’s handling of rising prices.