President Joe Biden was caught dropping an expletive on a hot mic while having what seemed to be a laid-back conversation with a Florida official during his visit to the state on Wednesday.
Biden was recorded during an exchange with Fort Myers Beach Mayor Ray Murphy while he toured the beach town, considered one of the multiple areas severely hit by Hurricane Ian. Murphy could be heard thanking Biden for coming to the state before each officials exchanged the phrase, “Keep the religion.”
“Nobody fucks with a Biden,” the president told Murphy while shaking his hand. The mayor laughed and responded, “Yeah, you’re goddamn right.”
While much of the conversation was inaudible, Biden followed his comment by saying, “You’ll be able to’t argue with reporters outside the home.” Murphy agreed with him before Biden said goodbye.
The White House didn’t immediately reply to HuffPost’s request for clarification around Biden’s conversation with Murphy and the context for the expletive remark.
The exchange was not less than the second time Biden was caught on a hot mic dropping expletives. Earlier this 12 months, he was heard calling Fox News reporter Peter Doocy a “silly son of a bitch” after he asked a matter about inflation. Doocy later said Biden called him after the incident and that the 2 had a “nice call.”
Biden was touring Fort Myers Beach and Sanibel, two of the worst-hit areas due to Hurricane Ian. The Category 4 storm has resulted in over 100 deaths and left many Floridians homeless and without power.
“What the governor has done is pretty remarkable,” Biden said of Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis (R), considered one of his most distinguished critics and a 2024 presidential hopeful. Biden was joined by DeSantis and Republican Sen. Rick Scott, one other staunch critic.
“Today, we’ve got one job and just one job, and that’s to be certain the people in Florida get all the things they need to totally, thoroughly get better,” Biden said. “It’s going to take a hell of a protracted time, hopefully with none snags in the best way. Later, after the tv cameras have moved on, we’re still going to be here with you.”