Biden snaps at climate heckler during Arizona speech honoring John McCain: ‘Shush up’
Published Sep. 28, 2023, 6:15 p.m. ET
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President Biden offered to meet Thursday with a heckler who interrupted his speech in Arizona if the agitator would “shush up” and let him finish his remarks.
Biden, 80, was speaking in Tempe to honor his late Senate colleague John McCain and call on voters to reject Donald Trump’s “extremist” Make America Great Again movement.
The president was interrupted about 10 minutes into his remarks by a protester.
“Why have you yet to declare a climate emergency?,” the man repeatedly shouted from the audience, footage of the event showed.
“Arizonians have died,” the unidentified man continued, as the crowd began booing him.
“Why don’t you wait—hang on a sec, hang on a second, I’d be happy to meet with you after I speak, OK?” Biden said as the heckler raged on.
The president then paused for 13 seconds and put his head down while the man continued his tirade.
“I tell you what, if you shush up, I’ll meet with you immediately after this, OK?” Biden finally said as the spectators applauded.