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The right insinuated that Joe Biden kissing his son isn’t “appropriate” & Dads didn’t take it well

Joe Biden loving his son bothered a conservative commentator.
Joe Biden loving his son bothered a conservative commentator. Photo: Screenshot/Twitter

A Donald Trump supporter tried to attack Joe Biden for kissing his son on the cheek and Democrats on Twitter responded en masse with support for fathers who love their sons.

John Cardillo, a former NYPD officer who is now a Newsmax TV host, tweeted a picture of Joe Biden kissing his son Hunter on the cheek.

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“Does this look like an appropriate father/son interaction to you?” he asked.

Some background: Joe Biden’s first wife Neilia and their daughter Naomi died in a car accident in 1972, and their two sons Beau and Hunter were injured in the accident but survived. Beau died of brain cancer in 2015, and Hunter has struggled with alcohol and drug addiction.

On Twitter, people – both queer and straight – were quick to call out Cardillo’s attempt to sexualize a father’s love for his son, something many people said was a result of homophobia, toxic masculinity, and rigid gender roles.

Others questioned Cardillo’s relationship with his father and wondered if he was tweeting this from a place of hurt about his own childhood.

Even Jake Tapper called out Cardillo… without using his name.

Some people shared photos of fathers loving their sons… or talked about how they wish they could have that kind of relationship.

Someone even pointed out that Donald Trump kisses his adult sons.

And, of course, there were jokes.

After all these responses, Cardillo didn’t seem to change his mind and called men who kiss their sons “sissies.”

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