The Washington Post White House reporter Annie Linsky on Sunday deleted a tweet about President Biden’s visit to a cemetery where his daughter, son and ex-wife are buried.
Linksky tweeted, “Biden goes to church and walks through a cemetery in Wilmington as part of his legal program to die in Washington.” After criticism and outrage, Linsky deleted the tweet.
“I deleted an earlier tweet, which was not intended to cause crime,” he said.
Tech reporter Ed Bott asked Linsky if he was “actually unable to apologize.”
A Washington Post reporter later tweeted an addition. “It was a bad idea and insensitive tweet. I’m sorry,” he said.
Biden traveled to Wilmington, Delaware this weekend, where he attended a Catholic church adjacent to the cemetery.
When Biden was elected to the Senate in 1972, his wife, Nilia Hunter, and infant daughter were killed in a car accident. They were pronounced dead at Wilmington General Hospital. Her sons were injured in the accident; One of Hunter’s skulls was broken and one of Beau’s legs was broken. Beau later died of brain cancer in 2011. All three are buried in the cemetery, which Biden visits regularly.
Many have criticized Linsky as a “disrespectful tweet.”
John Cooper, a Biden supporter and former Barack Obama campaign chair, said, “You can delete this disrespectful tweet … but it hurts.”
“You must know that Joe Biden’s late son, wife and daughter are all buried in that cemetery. You must apologize to Joe.”
Fred Gutenberg, whose daughter Marjorie Stoneman was killed in the Douglas High School shooting, said, “I’m the one who went to the cemetery to see my murdered daughter. I’m humiliated and hurt. Which part of you thought it was okay?”
Former NBC journalist Margaret Larson said a “correction” was in order.
Attorney Elliott Hamilton said, “You were busy carrying water for a progressive program instead of actually thinking about the content of your tweets.”