The first round of the Democratic presidential debates has featured the many moderators asking the candidates to show their support for an issue by raising their hands.
Sure, it’s a simple task well-suited to a crowded debate stage, and should be pretty familiar to anyone who’s ever been to school.
Unless you are Joe Biden.
— Victoria Taft (@VictoriaTaft) June 28, 2019
Former Vice President Joe “I was just pointing at the winner” Biden had a bit of an issue getting his arms in the air on two questions: providing insurance coverage to undocumented immigrants and decriminalizing border crossing.
Both times Biden hesitated and waited to see what everyone else did.
— Ty DeMartino (@TytheWriter) June 28, 2019
#DemDebate2 I am Joe Biden, my Hand is my finger
— Tim Wasielewski (@HardScrabbleMan) June 28, 2019
Me when Joe Biden raised his hand for eliminating private healthcare AFTER the audience started applauding Bernie and Kamala raising their hands pic.twitter.com/uE91mfWWmQ
— Colton Childers (@colton_childers) June 28, 2019
Q: Show of hands, who wants to decriminalize the border?
(Joe Biden half-raises his hand)
Q: VP Biden, I can't tell if you were raising your hand or not.
— Eric J (@EricJafMN) June 28, 2019
More than a few thought that Biden was just trying to be on the popular side of whatever question was being posed by waiting to see how the audience reacted.
Others harked back to their own school days, making quips like, “Joe Biden raises his hand like I did in algebra class.”
Moderator: Raise your hand if you think crossing the border should be a civil crime rather than a federal crime.”
Joe Biden: *raises one single finger*
— VastlessDreams (@YoungBernie88) June 28, 2019
— Helen (@HelenFerg6) June 28, 2019
Hey, at least he’s keeping his hands to himself this time.
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