Twitter users jumped to former Vice President Joe Biden’s defense on Wednesday when a prominent online supporter of President Donald Trump asked if the Democratic candidate kissing his son, Hunter, was appropriate.
John Cardillo, who has a verified Twitter account and frequently posts attacks on Biden and the Democratic Party, shared what appeared to be a black and white studio portrait of kissing his son. Cardillo wrote: “Does this look like an appropriate father/son interaction to you?
John Cardillo, a former NYPD officer who is now a Newsmax TV host, asked: “Does this look like an appropriate father/son interaction to you?”
Does this look like an appropriate father/son interaction to you? pic.twitter.com/XDMIsgjUKI
— John Cardillo (@johncardillo) October 22, 2020
Cardillo’s post caused a storm of reaction on the social media site, with many verified and unverified users sharing their support for fathers who love their sons.
“This is a picture of a father who has buried two children in unimaginable tragedies embracing his last living son,” wrote CNN National Security and Legal Analyst Susan Hennessy.
Biden’s first wife, Neilia Hunter and their young daughter Naomi were killed in a car crash in 1972, while his eldest son, Beau Biden, died from a brain tumor in 2015.
The answer is yes.
I kiss my son, hug him, hold him tight. Tons of tender moments with my little dude. He’s gonna grow up secure, strong, brave, and he’ll always know that he’s loved. So, yes. Keep holding them tight @JoeBiden. https://t.co/45gAz5njUO
— Joshua DuBois (@joshuadubois) October 22, 2020
Because my father and most men of his era were reluctant to show physical emotion in public I have made it a point to hug and kiss my son as often as he’ll let me. I feel sorry for you that seeing a father hug his son disturbs you.
— Karl Rosenfeld (@kneerecon) October 22, 2020
Yes. What’s your point? pic.twitter.com/pYzZsaC3Dp
— Dr. Farbod Ⓥ (@EmergencyBod) October 22, 2020
It does, because I hit the dad lottery. https://t.co/kdQlUy0f0d
— Bill Weir (@BillWeirCNN) October 22, 2020
I kiss my son all the time. He’s fifteen. I’ll kiss him till the day I die. And not all the repressed man box masculinity bullshit in the world will change that. You do disconnection, Ima do love and connection.
— Mark Greene (@RemakingManhood) October 22, 2020
This is a pic of my oldest brother and I, and this is how my father showed love to us. This pic of @JoeBiden just shows a man who loves his son, unconditionally. pic.twitter.com/AryMHtEaC1
— Shevrin Jones (@ShevrinJones) October 22, 2020
This photo makes me like Joe even more. I love my son more than anything in the world. The idea that men can’t show affection with their sons is rooted in patriarchal, homophobic nonsense.
— Nick Knudsen 🇺🇸 (@DemWrite) October 22, 2020
I didn’t realize we are sharing sweet photos of fathers and sons pic.twitter.com/bzm1f5erqJ
— dan munro (@danielmunro) October 22, 2020
I love my little boy deeply and will be planting kisses on his cheek forever.
BTW, if you find yourself on the side of those having a problem with a dad showing love for his son, it probably says more about you than those you criticize.#JoeBiden https://t.co/ZWltxhBZrn pic.twitter.com/bU8AP2UZmL
— Rick Ingram (@Rick_A_Ingram) October 22, 2020
This era is full of unloved sons outing themselves and to be honest it’s really kind of sad.
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) October 22, 2020
I’m a trained therapist and if anyone looks at this photo and sees anything other than father + son love, I’d recommend therapy until the person knows diff bw healthy + unhealthy touching.
— Kim C. Dickerson, M.S. (@kimcdickerson) October 22, 2020
Many Twitter users shared photos of Trump kissing and interacting with his children, particularly his eldest daughter, Ivanka.
Here’s unhealthy pic.twitter.com/QqKhprrYrI
— Hush (@Yes_Babygirl) October 22, 2020
What about this pic.twitter.com/fwmWLIMwxH
— Vanessa (@vbutler88) October 22, 2020
Republicans want to talk about this again? pic.twitter.com/FXrmggiwbR
— DB (@dacheteur) October 22, 2020
Yes. Very. Now do Donald. pic.twitter.com/OtuK4OCTol
— Dana Goldberg (@DGComedy) October 22, 2020