Anti-Israel protesters across the United States, the majority of whom appear to be young Democrats, have been heard chanting “Genocide Joe has got to go,” and seen holding up signs referring to the president as “Genocide Joe.”
🇵🇸 "Genocide Joe has got to go," chant pro-Palestinian protesters.
I bet most of them voted for him and will do so again next November. pic.twitter.com/VEIrjQpWCc
— Ben Kew 🏌️♂️ (@ben_kew) November 10, 2023
This nickname came as a result of Biden’s initial support for Israel in its fight against the Hamas terrorists who massacred over 1,400 Israelis in a terror attack on October 7.
During a press conference on Monday, White House National Security Council spokesman John Kirby was asked about this nickname by New York Post reporter Steve Nelson.
Kirby condemned the nickname as inappropriate, though he noted that it was “free speech.”
“We’re not worried about nicknames and bumper stickers. I mean, it’s First Amendment free speech. The president’s focused on… making sure that we can continue to support Israel as they fight a terrible terrorist group, Hamas,” he said.
Kirby went on to explain that the protesters had misapplied the term “genocide” — pointing out that Hamas is the truly genocidal entity involved in the conflict, as they openly call for the extermination of Jews.
“People can say what they want on the sidewalk, and we respect that. That’s what the First Amendment is about. But this word genocide is getting thrown around in a pretty inappropriate way by lots of different folks,” he said.
“What Hamas wants, make no mistake about it, is genocide. They want to wipe Israel off the map. They’ve said so publicly on more than one occasion, in fact, just recently. And they’ve said that they’re not going to stop,” Kirby added.
The National Security Council spokesman then warned that Hamas terrorists would continue committing massacres similar to October 7 “again and again and again.”
“And what happened on the 7th of October? Murder, slaughter, of innocent people in their homes, or at a music festival. That’s genocidal intentions,” Kirby continued.
However, Kirby did try to slightly appease the far-left by acknowledging the death tolls in Gaza reported by the Hamas-run Gaza Health Ministry — though he immediately pointed out that Israel is not trying to eliminate Palestine, just Hamas.
“Yes, there are too many civilian casualties in Gaza, yes the numbers are too high, yes too many families are grieving, and yes we continue to urge the Israelis to be as careful and cautious as possible,” he said. “That’s not gonna stop, from the president and right on down. But Israel is not trying to wipe the Palestinian people off the map, Israel is not trying to wipe Gaza off the map. Israel is trying to defend itself against a genocidal terrorist threat. So if we’re going to start using that word, fine, let’s use it appropriately.”
Q: Protesters are calling the President “Genocide Joe.” Do you have a response?
🇺🇸 John Kirby: It's free speech. But this word “genocide” is getting thrown around in a pretty inappropriate way.
What Hamas wants, make no mistake about it, is genocide. They want to wipe Israel… pic.twitter.com/TOEe7BSB0n
— Hillel Neuer (@HillelNeuer) November 20, 2023