Trump Supporter Faces Backlash For Asking If Joe Biden Kissing Hunter Is 'Appropriate'

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 criticism of Biden and the Democratic Party, shared what appeared to be a studio portrait of Biden and Hunter.

Biden is kissing his son in the black and white photo, while Hunter looks to camera. Cardillo wrote: "Does this look like an appropriate father/son interaction to you?"

Cardillo's post caused a storm of reaction on the social media site, with many verified and unverified users weighing in.

"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.

Does this look like an appropriate father/son interaction to you?

— John Cardillo (@johncardillo) October 22, 2020

Many Twitter users shared photos of Trump kissing and interacting with his children, particularly his eldest daughter, Ivanka. Cardillo's critics argued that the Biden kissing his son was entirely appropriate.

"Yes. Very [appropriate]. Now do Donald," tweeted comedian Dana Goldberg. She shared three pictures of Trump with Ivanka, two where his daughter is on the president's lap and one where Trump is kissing her while standing next to his wife, First Lady Melania Trump.

"I'm truly sorry you don't have a good relationship with your father - I really am," wrote author Brian Cuban, adding a photo of himself kissing his own father on the head.

Cardillo replied to Cuban, saying: "That's quite different and far more appropriate."

"I'm sure i [sic] have one of him kissing me on the cheek John," Cuban said. "I'm honestly confused as to when a father kissing his son on the cheek become verboten. Here is me holding my dads hand. Two grown men. Does it pass your morality sniff test?"

"Yes, John. fathers who love their sons do this," said Washington Examiner video editor and writer Siraj Hashmi.

Voice actor James Urbaniak responded by posting a photo of an emotional father hugging his son who appears to have just returned from deployment with the U.S. Army, noting sarcastically, "Look at these sickos."

Though there were some supportive messages for Cardillo, his tweet was ratioed, meaning it received more replies than likes or retweets.

Joe Biden and Hunter Biden in 2016
U.S. Vice President Joe Biden (R) speaks as his son, Hunter Biden, looks on at the World Food Program USA's Annual McGovern-Dole Leadership Award Ceremony at Organization of American States on April 12, 2016 in Washington, DC. Social media users weighed on Biden kissing his adult son. Paul Morigi/Getty Images for World Food Program USA