President Biden’s recent statement about personally witnessing a bridge collapse in Pittsburgh last year has sparked skepticism and mockery across social media. During a speech at Ingeteam, a wind turbine generator manufacturer in Milwaukee, Biden mentioned the incident while discussing his economic policies. His account of the event raised eyebrows among critics.
Addressing the crowd, Biden recounted, “A lot of you were with me when I was in Pittsburgh. By the way, Pittsburgh is a city of bridges – more bridges in Pittsburgh than any other city in America.” He continued by stating, “I watched that bridge collapse,” emphasizing the dramatic nature of the collapse occurring over a valley, and noting the timing coincided with pandemic-related school closures.
However, Biden’s assertion has faced scrutiny online, with many questioning the accuracy of his account. Some individuals took to social media to express disbelief and criticism. They pointed out that Biden’s claim of personally witnessing the collapse appeared implausible given his schedule and commitments during that time.
Former congressional candidate David Giglio referenced another instance of a questionable Biden statement, while Paul Bedard of the Washington Examiner clarified that Biden showed up hours later, rather than immediately witnessing the collapse.
Critics of the president’s statement included podcast hosts, broadcasters, and public figures who raised concerns about the accuracy of his claims. The incident has ignited discussions about Biden’s history of making controversial statements, with some noting his track record of sharing anecdotes that later come under scrutiny.
As the controversy continues to circulate on social media, it underscores the heightened scrutiny that political figures, especially those in high office, face in the digital age.