Yet, it was no meme page or troll account posting that image: It was posted on Biden’s own X page early on Monday. Coming against the backdrop of Israel’s brutal war on Gaza that has killed more than 28,000 people and that the US has backed, the image prompted particular criticism of Biden by some social media users.

Many suggested that Biden’s post was distasteful and insensitive as it came amid Israel’s devastating war on Gaza.

While calling for an end to civilian deaths in Gaza, the Biden administration continues to sell and supply weapons to Israel.

“But I don’t think Biden is thinking of the global audience here,” he said. “He is mostly thinking about his US audience.”

“The meme in itself is a political communication tool,” he told Al Jazeera. “It is being weaponised by different parties in order to attract attention and distract from other issues.”

Biden is not the only politician who has used memes to relay political messaging. Social media teams and followers of politicians including former US President Donald Trump, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi have banked on memes and internet trends to further political messages.

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    Many suggested that Biden’s post was distasteful and insensitive as it came amid Israel’s devastating war on Gaza.

    Elections do not end just because there is a war. He’s running for re-election and trolling his opposition.

    “But I don’t think Biden is thinking of the global audience here,” he said. “He is mostly thinking about his US audience.”

    No shit. It was a response to a right-wing American conspiracy about the Superbowl.

    This is silly.

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      Ah, okay.

      FYI, while the Super Bowl was taking place, Natanyahu attacked Rafah, where more civilians were killed.

      Responding to online people on things that do not matter are more important than what Genocide Joe is funding…

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        FYI, while the Super Bowl was taking place, Natanyahu attacked Rafah, where more civilians were killed.

        If Biden had not sent that meme, would those people still be alive?

        Responding to online people on things that do not matter are more important than what Genocide Joe is funding…

        Sorry, how much time and effort do you think it takes for his media team to post a meme?

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          Genocide Joe has the power to stop funding these wars.

          That is why it is being called out, without US support these wars would not be happening at the level they are currently growing towards…

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            You did not answer my questions. I will ask them again:

            If Biden had not sent that meme, would those people still be alive?

            how much time and effort do you think it takes for his media team to post a meme?

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              I am here to expose what was happening when this meme took place.

              Rafah being bombed, that is what I care about, I am sure those questions are important to you, but to me they are a distraction from the OG reason I shared this article.

              Thank you for your helpful questions and let us keep on learning of what we are funding!

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                Rafah being bombed, that is what I care about

                Either not sending the meme would have stopped the bombing, in which case you should just tell me that is the case or sending the meme would not have stopped the bombing, in which case you posting this article was pointless.

                I’m guessing you won’t tell me which it is because you’re not interested in people asking you questions.

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                  You asked questions and I answered to the best that I could.

                  It is okay that you do not agree with my view points on this topic.

                  Why ask questions you know the answer to?

                  I agian reinstate the reasoning behind my post: to call out the bombing in Rafah during the Super Bowl.

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                By this logic, nobody can do or say anything ever because there are unspeakably terrible things going on at all times, forever. Gaza, while terrible, isn’t even the only terrible thing happening. There were terrible things going on before. There will be terrible things to come after.

                This isn’t intended to minimize the suffering of anyone, but it’s impractical to demand that a leader only speak in a tone appropriate to the worst thing currently going on on the planet.

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                While you were commenting here hundreds of Rohingya refugees died. Why do you endorse the murder of innocent refugees.

                … /s obviously that’s fucking dumb but it’s pretty equivalent to the your point. Lots of things happen contemporaneously, sometimes those things are done to distract from real issues… in this case a staffer saw an opportunity to make conspiracy theorist Republicans look dumb and try to make it less likely that Trump is reelected. I think this meme was, on the whole, good.

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        I see your point but he also didn’t say anything about increasing the minimum wage to help out the millions of Americans living in poverty paycheck to paycheck.

        Nor did he discuss offshore tax havens and getting rid of tax loopholes.

        Nor did he mention the ongoing war in the Congo.

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    This is beyond stupid to a point that it is convincingly bad faith argument. If you want better protection for people in Gaza but you are so stupid that you are slandering Biden in the process, just wait until the Orange gets “elected”.

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      Being an apologist to Genocide Joe is your right, I will call it out even if I am not the best person to do so…

      I would suggest to raise your standards and look at 3rd Party candidates or just sit out, some may be doing that in 2024 like in 2016, that is your choice.

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        And what happens in that case? A lot of people sat out or voted third party in 2016, we got the annoying orange in office, and our courts are now fucked for years to decades. Now there’s Project 2025 to look forward to if we let the “day one dictator” back in office. Say, you wouldn’t happen to be a trump supporter disingenuously pretending to be on the left so as to depress voter turnout as an effort to help him get back in, would you? Because if not, you might want change your behavior, because it’s indistinguishable from that case.

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          That’s exactly the goal people like OP are pushing for - generate enough discontent with Biden by pretending to be a concerned leftist that Trump wins the election. It’s a classic form of bad faith manipulation that conservatives and Russian agents have been engaging in online for at least the past couple elections.

          Anyone telling you not to vote for Biden is aiming for a Trump win, period.

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        Knowing full that it will be a red carpet welcome for fascism, you advocating for 3rd party candidate explains how much you really “care” about people in Gaza. Do mankind a favor and sit this one out.

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          It seems many people might sit this one out, I do not think Lemmy is exposed to those people though…

          Genocide Joe is in office currently, as long as he keeps funding Israel and other wars he will have a hard time in 2024.

          This is just another issue to add to a long set of disappointment, from the people that got him in office and the working class.

          As voters we decide what we can do, do not let people pressure you into voting a certain way, I know I will be proud of my decision and so should you!

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        I absolutely wish third party candidates were a reasonable choice (and I am voting against Biden in the primary) but our system makes them non-options… additionally it’s just silly to decline to vote, you’re empowering the absolute worst people when you voluntarily refuse to vote.

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          It is a choice, voters decide that, it does happen in presidential election…

          I don’t think Lemmy is exposed to those people though.

          I hope that helped you understand what I meant.

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            “Vote third party or just sit out” is the same thing as saying “just don’t vote in this election and let what happens happen.”

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              I thought I made it clear, vote however you want or sit out, it is your choice.

              Be proud of what you decide to do, even if the status quo does not like it.

              People are doing it in the real world, even if it is not talked about in social media.

              I hope that helped clear it up a bit more!

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    Jfc, he (more accurately his social media team) is meeting these homegrown idiots where they’re at. Not everything is about his foreign policy…

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      Yes, when civilians are being bombed while these “oh, so importatant” memes are taking place…

      Foreign policy is important to some of us that are anti-war… especially when we are the ones funding these wars, per Genocide Joe.

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        It seems you expect him to talk nonstop about the war in Gaza.

        But like it or not, other things happen and are happening. It’s nice to be silly once in a while, and I don’t know why you’re so bothered by levity.

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          I am anti-war, so anytime I can call it out I will gladly do it.

          Yes, Genocide Joe should talk about Palestine until they stop funding these wars, but they continue to fund them…

          IMO talking about 10s or thousands of civilians being killed by our bombs should be a major talking point, even in Lemmy.

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    This is such an obvious bad faith reading of that post, literally no one was confused as to what it was in reference to.

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      If you read the article, you will know the context. They do explain that it started with the “Let’s Go Brandon” meme and much more…

      Anti-war people are the ones calling out the attack that took place in Rafah, while people talk about the Super Bowl.

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        Look there are so many other actually legitimate topics for criticizing this administration’s handling of Gaza that reaching as far as this article is to connect a tweet about the Superbowl to foreign policy just makes you sound unreasonable and insufferable.

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    I don’t see what the big deal is. It’s just Biden taking credit for something he didn’t accomplish.

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      O.o Wait, you think this was a legit tweet? Like, that Biden literally meant he worked toward this outcome in the Super Bowl?

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        Like, that Biden literally meant he worked toward this outcome in the Super Bowl?

        Of course not. Do I think there’s an impulse among his supporters to give him credit for things he hasn’t done? Absolutely.