After Biden Fall, Trump Pledges to Never, Ever Ride a Bicycle

21 Jun 2022

BUCK: President Trump, former President Trump, has been making the rounds, and he had a little bit of fun with the Biden bike scenario that happened here. Let’s play clip 1 for everybody, a pledge from The Donald.

PRESIDENT TRUMP: I hope he has recovered because, as you know, he fell off his bicycle today.

CROWD: (laughing)

PRESIDENT TRUMP: No, I’m serious. I hope he’s okay. Fell off a bicycle. I make this pledge to you today: I will never, ever ride a bicycle.

CROWD: (laughing)

BUCK: Fair point. And I just say, you know, I don’t know, man, I make a lot of jokes about the e-scooter because it has become — and they’re becoming far more popular in New York City than I think anybody anticipated because you can just get around. What happened is Mayor Bloomberg came in and essentially took whole lanes of road and just made them for bikes and now e-scooters. I’m not a bicycle guy, though. It’s just not my thing. I know there are some people listening who probably bike a hundred miles at a time and go into the Alps and go into the Rockies. I’ve just never been a bike guy.

CLAY: I’m not opposed to bikes. I ride them a lot down in Florida and there’s a lot of people in my neighborhood in the Nashville area who ride them everywhere. I gotta say, though, is Trump’s sense of humor totally maybe the most underrated part of his appeal? Because I feel like left wingers take everything he says so literal that they don’t even often notice the timing. Even the way he delivered that line about the biking, the pausing to say, “No, I hope he’s okay,” the filling people in, it’s almost like he’s stand-up caliber in terms of fatigue off of the audience for all the rallies that he does. Right?

BUCK: He’s a world-class entertainer and has an ability to not only connect with people, but to keep them enthralled and laughing.

CLAY: Yes.

BUCK: I think you’re right. We often talk about Trump’s secret sauce in politics was his ability to fight back at the fake news media and to punch back instead of just getting punched, politically speaking, all the time. But, yeah, man. His ability with a one-liner and to name people, the nicknames that stick? That’s a very tough thing to get around when you’re messing with somebody on the stage.

CLAY: Best nickname, Pocahontas? Do you agree with me?

BUCK: I don’t think he came up with that one, to be fair, but he did popularize it quite a bit. Low-Energy Jeb was pretty much the end for Jeb’s presidential aspirations.

CLAY: (laughing)

BUCK: I don’t know why but that one really stuck. Everyone was like, “You know what? He is kind of low energy.”

CLAY: I can’t look at Elizabeth Warren now without laughing at her thinking about the Pocahontas angle and the fact that so many in the media accepted her explanation as true. It’s crazy.

BREAK TRANSCRIPT

BIDEN: Feeling great. I’m feeling great. What happened was… D-do any of you guys ride bikes? Well, they have… (sputters) Some of them have this thing you put your toe here. It restrains your foot so it doesn’t slide off the pedal? I was getting off the bike; it got stuck on the right side!

BUCK: Bicyclegate continues. We bring you all the latest facts on Joe Biden’s mild stumble that was rippling through the international media from over the weekend. Look, obviously, whatever. It’s a moment on the bike. If it wasn’t Joe Biden and it wasn’t a guy who there are real concerns about, we wouldn’t be necessarily getting into it and all that.



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