Biden hasn’t shied away from discussing his stutter.
Although he said he never got professional intervention to prevent it, he gave praise to his mother for encouraging confidence within him.
Biden practiced speaking in front of a mirror as a child by reading William Butler Yeats or Ralph Waldo Emerson.
Unfortunately, supporters of former President Donald Trump callously mocked Biden.
According to The New York Times, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the former White House press secretary posted and deleted a tweet that said, “I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I hhhave absolutely no idea what Biden is talking about.”
Biden had quote-tweeted her with the following:
I’ve worked my whole life to overcome a stutter. And it’s my great honor to mentor kids who have experienced the sa… https://t.co/tSTdEejvie
She later apologised, noting she should have made her “point respectfully.”
I actually didn’t know that about you and that is commendable. I apologize and should have made my point respectful… https://t.co/P4QnYJ24Yc
— Sarah Huckabee Sanders (@Sarah Huckabee Sanders)
Trump himself also claimed that Biden “gets angry” because “that’s what happens when you can’t get words out” - all while mimicking a stutter.
This isn’t the only time Biden gave sweet advice to children who experience challenges with their speech.
In February 2020, Biden told Brayden Harrington, a 13-year-old New Hampshire boy not to be defined by stuttering and that he’s “smart as hell.”
“I’m just a regular kid. And in the short amount of time, Joe Biden made me more confident about something that’s bothered me my whole life. Joe Biden cared,” Harrington said in CNBC Television video in August 2020.