US President Joe Biden wasted no time turning the assassination of former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe into a political talking point. Biden was asked about Abe’s untimely death at the hand of a gunman in Nara, Japan during a quick question-and-answer session with the media. Biden affirmed the long-standing United States and Japan alliance. He stated that he will be speaking with the current Japanese Prime Minister as soon as their schedules permit. However, just a few seconds into his remarks about the Shinzo Abe assassination, he brought up the fact that something like “this” has not happened in Japan for decades, since the 1930s.
Biden then brought up US gun death (murder) statistics (which seemed pretty incorrect) in comparison to the number of murders in Japan. This is totally improper and inappropriate due to the timing of Abe’s death being just hours away from said remarks. Joe Biden, and the Democratic Party as a whole, haven’t been doing things that make much sense lately. In their attempt to gain political points, they may just alienate a large and important part of the world.
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