President Joe Biden’s stumble as he ascended the stairs of Air Force One has reminded some on social media of a similar incident involving former Vice President Mike Pence.
Republican Pence, then Trump’s second-in-command, also once struggled to get to the cabin door on a flight in June 2020. Footage of that incident has resurfaced after clips of Biden were widely shared on Friday.
Ex-VP Pence was trying to board Air Force Two on a flight to Wisconsin when he stumbled before reaching the top of the stairs, with his hands reaching out to stop him from falling. He recovered and ended up waving and giving the thumbs up to the crowd.
A clip of the incident, originally posted last year, has been picked up on Twitter after Biden’s trip.
Former Republican congressman Joe Walsh, shared the video, writing: “Oh look, Pence tripped too.” His retweet has been liked more than 9,000 times since Friday evening.
The Daily Beast’s editor-at-large, Molly Jong-Fast, also shared the clip, adding: “When fox does 3 hours on Biden’s trip tonight, remind them that Pence did it first.”
Her tweet has been liked more than 17,000 times since it was posted on Friday night.
President Biden was departing for Atlanta, Georgia, from Joint Base Andrews in Maryland on Friday, when he bounded up the first few steps relatively quickly before tripping about halfway.
He recovered, then stumbled again and momentarily went down on one knee. Rubbing his knee, he got back up and finished the stairs at a slower pace before turning around and giving the military a salute.
Cameras captured the awkward moments of Biden and the images have been widely shared on social media.
In November, Biden, who is 78, sustained foot fractures while playing with his dog, although his doctor has said that the injuries had healed completely.
Conservative voices used the incident to suggest he was in poor health, such as Donald Trump Jr, the son of former president Donald Trump, who tweeted: “Pay no attention to the fact that the President of the United States is so frail that he got knocked over repeatedly by a gust of wind. Nothing at all to see here, folks!”
It comes shortly after a gaffe in which Biden referred to Vice President Kamala Harris, as “President Harris.”
Regarding the latest incident, White House principal deputy press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre told reporters that there was no damage done and that the president “is doing 100 percent fine.
“As you know, it’s pretty windy outside, it’s very windy. I almost fell coming up the steps myself,” she told reporters en route to Atlanta.