Right leaning Newsmax is not known for its dependence on truth or science in its commentary.
Like when a Newsmax host suggested cutting carbon emissions from the atmosphere will cause trees to be unable to produce oxygen. Or when another Newsmax on-air personality claimed smoking marijuana caused him to black out in Kentucky and wake up several days later across the Atlantic in Kenya on the African continent.
Now Newsmax host Grant Stinchfield has taken the network's approach to lob an attack against President Joe Biden.
On his way to Marine One, Biden stooped to pick up a dandelion for his wife, Dr. Jill Biden.
"I say it was a planted dandelion there. Who knows" https://t.co/0y7aWqUlAS— Jason Campbell (@Jason Campbell)1619790837.0
The Newsmax host had a mini-meltdown over what many considered a sweet moment.
The first claim Stinchfield made was the dandelion had not "blossomed into a flower yet," however, the plant was in its whitehead-seed stage, meaning it had already completed most of its life cycle as a flower.
The second claim was dandelions "give everybody asthma," which is both impossible and outrageous.
@JasonSCampbell 1. Anyone can see there are dandelions all over the place. It’s not planted. 2. Don’t dandelion d… https://t.co/yqicFVuqNV— Lorna Dzialo (@Lorna Dzialo)1619866827.0
@JasonSCampbell Did they ever say anything about this moronic incident? I didn’t think so. https://t.co/zO4Ro8eeSm— Jen #GoodTrouble (@Jen #GoodTrouble)1619791264.0
@JasonSCampbell How does the Newsmax guy say this with a straight face,?— Old Bones (@Old Bones)1619799665.0
@JasonSCampbell It was a fully flowered and mature dandelion flower. You give it to someone to make a wish with.… https://t.co/TmbAebo7Ia— Karl Morant 🍁🍊🧡💪 (@Karl Morant 🍁🍊🧡💪)1619878292.0
Asthma, a chronic inflammatory disease of the airways, has no known single cause—though it's a lifelong condition loved ones of an asthmatic person would be well aware of and know how to navigate its triggers.
One doesn't simply "get" asthma from a single event.
If Dr. Biden had asthma, it would be very unlikely for her husband to give her a plant that could possibly trigger an attack.
It takes a cold, dark heart to take sweet romantic gesture and turn it into a negative news story. #ONEV1 z29. 🏵 https://t.co/GCKN9uyFVg— ProudGramma Sharon🌊 ☮ (@ProudGramma Sharon🌊 ☮)1619917251.0
It's almost adorable when a moron tries to come off as intelligent... & fails miserably. How does one "bizarrely" g… https://t.co/vUOjgX1661— 🌊Sheryl Lynne is vaccinated!! Thank you POTUS (@🌊Sheryl Lynne is vaccinated!! Thank you POTUS)1619912335.0
Are Conservatives just ugly people. I mean the fact that @newsmax allowed this ridiculousness makes me wonder about… https://t.co/yTkkRHBiL1— TheRealOne (@TheRealOne)1619903747.0
You know you're doing well when all your opponents can come up with is an attack for picking a (planted!) dandelion… https://t.co/HWNO8FG0mn— Michael McFaul (@Michael McFaul)1619900830.0
Im convinced! Tax cuts for the rich! https://t.co/s70horZhnz— Jordan Klepper (@Jordan Klepper)1619900819.0
Stinchfield then goes on to suggest the dandelion was "planted" there for the photo opportunity.
He did not mean the dandelion was planted in the ground there, but rather somebody somehow came along, rooted and expedited the life cycle of a dandelion, and left it there specifically so President Biden could be captured on camera giving it to his wife.
"I simply can't fathom anyone could love their wife" https://t.co/RgBywrHsZc— Tristanovich🇩🇰 (@Tristanovich🇩🇰)1619899023.0
This is what they’re discussing on Newsmax. These people are unhinged. https://t.co/IZg6uBBiqf— Johnathan S. Perkins 😷 (@Johnathan S. Perkins 😷)1619895246.0
Now there are dandelion truthers. https://t.co/t1J7JfzOt4— Mark Critch (@Mark Critch)1619893905.0
They have already flowered. Now you blow on them and make a wish. It’s cute and sweet. If you are this baffled by a… https://t.co/wE0au4BTGV— Amanda Deibert🏳️🌈 (@Amanda Deibert🏳️🌈)1619969815.0
People that hate on kindness are mentally ill bro https://t.co/f2EEd71fzs— Tobin (@Tobin)1619914006.0
With right-wing media outlets grasping at straws to vilify President Biden, one of the things they repeatedly go for are simple human showcases of love and affection between he and first lady Dr. Jill Biden.
Since they stand in stark contrast to the public relationship between former President Donald Trump and former First Lady Melania Trump, it's probably not the best thing to focus on.
But if all they can pick on is a dandelion, then it looks like President Biden is doing his job.