Republicans criticize ‘hypocritical’ Biden for flying to Delaware with taxpayers’ dime to vote, Democrats defend move

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Congressional Republicans criticize President Biden for using taxpayers’ money to… fly to Delaware to vote in the state primaries this week, despite advocating for postal voting.

GOP lawmakers told Fox News Digital that the president’s tour was a waste of taxpayers’ money and against policies the White House has pursued since taking office.

“It sounds pretty awful for the environment to fly a short distance to go vote,” said RS.C. Rep. Nancy Mace. “But secondly, he has been pushing mail into ballots for the past two years and now he is going to vote in person. It seems a bit hypocritical.’

Other lawmakers questioned why Biden chose not to pay for the travel expenses himself. He was also in Delaware over the weekend, returning to Washington, DC, on Sunday, two days before returning to the state to vote in person.

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US President Joe Biden waves as he boards Air Force One to travel to Philadelphia from Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, US March 11, 2022.
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“Well, the only thought I have is who paid for that? Is he paying for it? I’ll pay for it if I vote,” said R-Ala Senator Tommy Tuberville. “I think everyone does that, I read $177,000 because they forgot to vote out. That’s not a very good example for anyone.”

The exact cost of the trip remains unclear, but the Air Force reported in 2014 that the average cost to fly the presidential Boeing 747 for an hour was over $206,000. However, according to Bloomberg, Biden took a smaller Boeing 757 to Delaware this week.

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“I think it’s a huge waste of taxpayers’ money,” said R-Ala Representative Gary Palmer. “I think it’s another sign of how Democrats will politicize everything because it’s all about the show and not actually participating in an election.”

"He's been pushing mail into ballots for the past two years and now he's going to vote in person," said Representative Nancy Mace. "Sounds a bit hypocritical."

“He’s been pushing mail into ballots for the past two years and now he’s going to vote in person,” Representative Nancy Mace said. “It seems a bit hypocritical.”
(AP)

The White House has defended the trip saying the president felt it was important to show the American public the importance of voting at a time when there were questions about electoral integrity

“The president has a very tough program,” he said White House Press Secretary Karine Jeanne-Pierre. “He felt it was important to exercise his right to vote and set an example by showing the importance of voting.”

Congressional Democrats say the GOP’s criticism is unjustified.

"I think it's a huge waste of tax money" said Rep.  Barry Moore, R-Ala.

“I think it’s a huge waste of taxpayers’ money,” said Rep. Barry Moore, R-Ala.
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“Why would it be bad to go and vote,” Representative Lisa Blunt Rochester, D-Del., told Fox News Digital.

Other Democrats, such as Rep. Ritchie Torres, argued that the Republicans were actually the hypocrite who criticized Biden’s decision to vote in person in Delaware.

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“I remember Republicans being critical of absentee voting,” Torres said. “So it seems that this criticism is largely in bad faith. He has all the right voice personally…I am proud that as president, however hectic his agenda, he manages to find the time to participate as a citizen to take. ”





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