Written by Ashton Snyder on
 June 15, 2024

Biden Loses Temper With TikTok Star At White House Gathering

President Joe Biden had a tense confrontation with TikTok star Jonathan M. Katz at a White House event, which underscored the administration's difficulties engaging with social media influencers.

Biden's outburst occurred when Katz questioned his support for Israel amid the Gaza conflict, revealing the ongoing friction between the administration and young influencers, as the Daily Mail reports.

During a meeting with social media stars, Katz began recording and pressed Biden about the United States' support for Israel during the Gaza conflict. Katz specifically asked what measures Biden was taking to prevent harm with American-funded arms. The president attempted to deflect these questions, pointing out efforts to minimize casualties in Gaza.

Biden's Outburst Toward Katz

Tension escalated when Katz continued to press for answers. Biden, visibly frustrated, lost his temper and threatened to throw Katz's phone. The heated exchange concluded with Katz being escorted away by the president's aides.

Katz shared the video of the encounter on his TikTok account, which has around 70,000 followers. As of now, the video has been viewed approximately 28,700 times, drawing significant attention online.

The online personality expressed surprise at being invited to the White House in April, especially given his left-leaning stance and Biden's enactment of a bill banning TikTok. The invitation included several other left-leaning public figures and social media influencers.

Social Media Influencers At The White House

The guest list for the event featured notable names such as actor David Cross, actress Fran Drescher, Yvette Nicole Brown, Diedrich Bader, Jon Cryer, and Jordan Klepper from The Daily Show, along with impressionist Matt Friend and V Spehar from UnderTheDesk News. Despite the confrontation, the White House declined to comment when reached by DailyMail.com regarding the incident.

This confrontation highlights broader dissatisfaction among young progressives on TikTok, stemming from Biden's support for Israel's actions in Gaza. The administration's struggles with its social media strategy come into sharp focus against this backdrop.

Biden's Social Media Strategy Misfires

To bolster its online presence, the Biden administration contracted Village Marketing for $2 million to produce content supporting the president. The Democratic National Committee is also wary of potential clashes and aims to manage influencer interactions carefully at future events. Social media star Joshua Doss was specifically advised not to bring up the Gaza issue in a recent interaction with Biden, suggesting caution in the administration's handling of sensitive topics.

President Biden's tensions with the traditional media are also evident, particularly regarding adherence to press conference protocols. He expressed frustration over reporters' insistence on questioning him about the conflict in Gaza, a reflection of the broader media management challenges faced by his administration.

Biden's strained relationship with the press further came to light during an interview with TIME, where he dismissed criticisms of his age and asserted his capability in handling confrontational questions.

This latest incident with Katz underscores a pattern where Biden struggles to gain the support of younger social media influencers, who often find themselves at odds with his policies. Katz's ironic observation about the invitation, juxtaposed with the TikTok ban, amplifies the complexity of engaging these influential voices.

Despite these challenges, former President Donald Trump maintains a strong presence on TikTok with 6.3 million followers, far surpassing Biden's 376,000, indicating a stark contrast in their social media influence. The White House will need to navigate these rocky interactions with a more nuanced approach to win over the younger demographic and effectively manage the digital narrative.

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