Donald Trump Jr. Faces Backlash After Saying Joe Biden Showed 'Weakness' at Briefing

Donald Trump Jr. has come in for criticism after posting a photo of President Joe Biden to Twitter alongside the caption "This Is What Weakness Looks Like."

The photograph shows Biden with his head tilted down touching his hands. It was taken during a press briefing held in the wake of the suicide bomb attacks near Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, in which at least 13 American service members were killed.

Biden was fielding questions from Fox News correspondent Peter Doocy at the time of the image. Doocy asked the president if he accepts any responsibility for the way that things have unfolded in Afghanistan over the last two weeks.

Biden told Doocy: "I bear responsibility for, fundamentally, all that's happened of late," but noted that the plan was put in motion by his predecessor, former President Donald Trump.

"You know as well as I do that a former president made a deal with the Taliban that he would get all Americans forced out of Afghanistan by May 1," he said.

"In return... he was given a commitment that the Taliban would continue to attack others but would not attack any American forces," Biden added. "Remember that?"

Undeterred, Doocy continued with his original line of questioning, asking: "Do you think the people have an issue with the way things have happened?"

That prompted Biden to put his head on his hands and close his eyes, taking a breath to compose himself before continuing.

DOOCY: "Do you bear any responsibility for the way that things have unfolded in the last two weeks?"

BIDEN: "You know as well as I do that a former president made a deal with the Taliban that he would get all American forced out of Afghanistan by May 1..."

— (@townhallcom) August 26, 2021

The image was seized upon by Trump Jr., who tweeted it out, without context, as apparent proof of Biden's "weakness" in office. His tweet echoed the remarks of his father, who also blamed the Biden "weakness" for what unfolded in Kabul.

However, he soon found himself facing something of a social media backlash with several notable figures taking to the platform to pour scorn on his tweet.

Writer and activist Amy Siskind brought up his father's aversion to military service, commenting: "Son of 5x draft dodger weighs in." Historian Kevin M.Kruse wrote: "We get it, you were raised by a sociopath who never said he loved you, you can stop providing examples."

Don Moynihan, a professor at Georgetown University, was similarly scathing in his assessment of Trump Jr.'s tweet, replying: "You confuse empathy and solemnity with weakness. It sure beats treating service members with contempt."

This is what weakness looks like.

— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) August 26, 2021

Economist David Rothschild vehemently defended Biden's actions. "It takes real courage & leadership to make this withdrawal after 20 years, knowing that it was an impossible situation, knowing people die & others would be left behind, and the entire political/corporate/media elite would pummel him for ending their 20 year gravy train," he wrote.

Actor Michael Rapaport had the strongest response to the claim that the image of Biden was "what weakness looks like" sharing a picture of Trump Jr.'s father, writing: "No Pig this is what it looks like. Your draft dodging father is a sloppy sweaty pig."

The backlash came on the same day his father mistook ISIS-K For ISIS-X, before warning that things were "going to be worse" in Afghanistan.

Several other conservative figures made similar comments on the screenshot.

Republican communicator Matt Whitlock called it a "defining image" while News Cycle Media president Jon Nicosia claimed Doocy "broke Biden."

It’s time for Biden to resign

— Rep. Anthony Sabatini (@AnthonySabatini) August 26, 2021

Representative Anthony Sabatini, meanwhile, shared the image of Biden bowing alongside a caption stating: "It's time for Biden to resign."

Newsweek has reached out to Donald Trump Jr. for comment.

Donald Trump Jr and Joe Biden.
Donald Trump Jr speaking during a Republican National Committee Victory Rally/ U.S. President Joe Biden pauses while listening to a question from a reporter about the situation in Afghanistan - Trump Jr has accused Biden of showing weakness during a recent briefing. Alex Wong/Drew Angerer/Getty