published : 2023-11-09

Biden Spokesman Slams New York Times Over Polls in Fiery Social Media Post

Andrew Bates ridicules the newspaper for mentioning unfavorable polls in an article about rail projects

A photo of President Biden speaking during an event at Nash Community College in Rocky Mount, North Carolina, on June 9, 2023. [Taken with Canon EOS 5D Mark IV]

In a scathing social media post, Andrew Bates, White House deputy press secretary and senior communications advisor, took aim at The New York Times for including brutal poll results showing President Biden trailing former President Donald Trump in a story about new funding for rail projects.

The Times' report read, "President Biden, perhaps Amtrak’s most famous advocate, announced $16.4 billion in funding for rail projects on Monday, exhibiting a business-as-usual approach as polls show him trailing former President Donald J. Trump one year before Election Day."

Bates didn't hesitate to respond on X, formerly known as Twitter, with a post stating, "Peerless, ortolan bird-grade unintentional satire. PERFECT. Just overflowing with embarrassing, clueless vanity."

He went on to mockingly write, "'President doesn't cancel event because of our poll' hahaha," tagging the "New York Times Pitchbot" satire account on X.

An image of President Biden boarding Air Force One at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland on August 15, 2023. [Taken with Nikon D850]

Bates didn't stop there, giving a shoutout to LFFriedman and bymarkwalker, the authors of the New York Times report, and sarcastically commenting, "Tip of the hat to the authors. Tastes INCREDIBLE."

The criticism from Bates comes after a New York Times-Siena College poll released on Sunday revealed that Trump was ahead of Biden in several key battleground states.

According to the poll, Trump held a 10-point lead in Nevada, a six-point lead in Georgia, a five-point lead in both Arizona and Michigan, and a four-point lead in Pennsylvania.

However, it wasn't all negative for Biden as he held a two-point lead over Trump in Wisconsin.

A snapshot of President Biden during a press conference addressing the funding for rail projects. [Taken with Sony Alpha a7 III]

The Times report highlighted that Biden made no mention of their polling and instead focused on sharing anecdotes about his days as a senator traveling with Amtrak, despite the anecdote being fact-checked multiple times.

Meanwhile, another poll conducted by CNN showed Biden trailing Trump by four points in a hypothetical matchup. CNN political director David Chalian commented on the poll results, stating that the country had "soured" on Biden and compared his popularity to one-term presidents like Donald Trump and Jimmy Carter.

The polls have caused a stir, indicating a potential uphill battle for President Biden as he looks ahead to the 2024 presidential race.