President Biden has been criticized for his lack of public comment on the recent fire in Hawaii that has destroyed over 1,700 homes and displaced thousands of people. Some Democratic strategists have defended Biden, saying that his actions speak louder than words and that he has already taken steps to help the victims of the fire.
“Joe Biden is a nice person,” said one Democratic strategist. “He cares about people and he wants to help. He doesn't need to make a big show of it.”
The strategist pointed to Biden's decision to declare a major disaster in Hawaii, which will free up federal resources to help with the recovery effort. Biden has also spoken with the governor of Hawaii and offered his support.
“Words don't matter,” the strategist said. “Actions matter. And Joe Biden is taking action to help the people of Hawaii.”
Others have been less forgiving of Biden's silence. They argue that the president has a responsibility to speak out about major events, even if he does not have a specific plan to address them.
“The president of the United States should be more than just a nice person,” said one critic. “He should be a leader. And leaders speak out when their people are in need.”
The criticism of Biden comes at a time when he is already facing low approval ratings. The fire in Hawaii is just the latest in a series of challenges that have beset the Biden administration, including the withdrawal from Afghanistan and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
It remains to be seen whether Biden's silence on the Hawaii fire will hurt him politically. However, the criticism of his handling of the disaster is a sign that he faces increasing scrutiny from Democrats and Republicans.
To learn more about Biden's “no comment” response read this article from Fox News. An excerpt of the article has been copied below:
Democratic strategists are dismissing the criticism leveled at President Biden after he told reporters “no comment” when asked on Sunday about the increased death toll from the wildfire that swept through the Hawaiian town of Lahaina last week.
Fox News Digital spoke with multiple strategists who said Biden's response was out of character for someone known for empathy in tragic situations, and argued that he either didn't fully hear the question or didn't feel like he had all the knowledge necessary for a proper response at that moment.
“What I suspect is he's not been sufficiently briefed on it and would have been a little afraid to say something that turned out not to be correct,” James Carville said, who added that Fox Digital's request for comment was the first he had heard of Biden's response. “You know, it's better sometimes to say nothing than to say something wrong.”