CNN Hosts Awkward Discussion About Biden’s Temper Tantrum


We previously reported that it appears the knives are out in certain Democratic circles for President Joe Biden. Axios’s latest reporting paints a picture that is at odds with the public image he and his handlers have helped create over his 50+ year tenure in public office.

In it, we learned that in private, Biden’s “admonitions include: ‘God d*mmit, how the f**k don’t you know this?!,’ ‘Don’t f**king bullsh*t me!’ and ‘Get the f**k out of here!’” and that “Biden has such a quick-trigger temper that some aides try to avoid meeting alone with him. Some take a colleague, almost as a shield against a solo blast.”

Although there may be other reasons for some staffers to avoid meeting with Biden alone, the report confirmed what Biden’s critics had been observing and describing him as having a bad attitude and bad behavior for decades.

Laura Coates, the CNN fill-in reporter, and Alex Thompson, Axios’s reporter, had a “struggle session” after the news was announced. Coates expressed surprise that the Biden she “knows” wasn’t really Biden behind closed doors during their exchange.

Coates: I don’t think most people would associate President Biden with this. How do we know this? How do you report? Who is complaining? Who is complaining? Who?

Thompson: Both. Thompson: Both. Plus, there are people who go back in time, like, today we had an article, and we called it “old yeller”. I can confirm that Joe Biden, too, was a young yeller. We even spoke to former staff from the early 2000s. This is a man who has had professional staff for over half his life. He’s also lived a long time. It’s been more than 50 years since he has had staff. There’s also a generational gap. He’s tough, yes.

He already had what he calls “get his Irish up.” He had an Irish temper. You know, he would really lash out at people, making them feel embarrassed and humiliated.


Coates then pointed out the video of Biden, on the first day in his administration, promising to “fire” anyone who disrespected another person, and compared it to the Axios News:

Coates: This might surprise many because they remember when he talked about respect and dignity and that, if a person works with him and acts in this way, then that person will be fired. Listen to what he said.

Coates: We have seen different sides. Why is it that we only hear about this now? You can either talk about the reputation of this company or its staffing history of over 50 years. Is this something that has been going on for a while in Washington, but it just wasn’t covered?

Thompson: There are a couple of different aspects to this. Joe Biden is a man who has been in public life for 50 years and knows the difference between public personas and private personas. He’s very intelligent, and he isn’t president by chance, right? This requires a certain level of public-persona skills that is sometimes different from your personal persona.

It’s interesting that in this case, his public persona is so heavily reliant on him being civil. His civility. You showed a clip about the standard that he set for his White House. I can tell that some former Biden administration officials don’t believe that he has lived up to that standard.


Note that Biden only took action against someone who showed disrespect once, and it was in 2021 when his deputy press secretary T.J. Ducklo threatened to “destroy”, then-Politico journalist Tara Palmeri because she was working on a report about his relationship with Axios correspondent Alexi McCammond. This story raised conflict-of-interest questions. Ducklo was initially suspended for a week, but Biden forced him to “resign” when he remembered what he had pledged at his inauguration.

Ducklo is back, as I would like to point out, with the Biden campaign, now in the role of senior communications adviser for Biden’s election reelection.

It’s great to see CNN acknowledge the story of Biden’s legendary Angry Man rants, both in public and privately. However, discerning readers will note that CNN could have figured out all of this during Biden’s 2020 presidential campaign if they had been covering Biden instead of covering for him.