It was the fateful moment in 2020 when Joe Biden made abundantly clear to the world that the Anglophilia of his predecessor was about to be brutally kicked to the curb.
Already plotting to have the bust of Britain’s greatest ever leader Winston Churchill banished from the Oval Office, a viral video emerged of the then president elect being asked for comment during the campaign by the Donald Trump-hating BBC.
‘Mr. Biden, a quick word for the BBC,’ the British Bashing Corporation’s New York correspondent Nick Bryant hollered.
‘The BBC? I’m Irish,’ Biden replied with a threatening glare, before breaking out into a demented grin.
That obvious disdain, which I am prepared to call out as both monarchy and Britain-hating, has continued throughout his presidency.
‘If Joe Biden (pictured today) were prepared to show respect for the UK, there could be no better way than turning up at Westminster Abbey on Saturday, May 6, alongside dozens of other heads of state the world over’, writes Dan Wootton
Mr Wootton says the historic coronation of King Charles III (pictured yesterday) this May is one of the most important days in modern British history
Be it consistently backing Ireland and the EU during highly sensitive Brexit negotiations, slamming ex-PM Liz Truss publicly for trying to cut taxes, or siding with the ghastly Prince Harry and Meghan Markle over their fake Royal Family racism claims to Oprah Winfrey.
Never has it been made clearer that the special relationship is spluttering on in spite of the occupant of the White House not because of him.
The historic coronation of King Charles III this May – one of the most important days in modern British history – should have been a moment to change all that.
Travel and protocol have transformed in the 70 years since the last coronation, when Dwight D. Eisenhower was in power.
If Biden were prepared to show respect for the UK, there could be no better way than turning up at Westminster Abbey on Saturday, May 6, alongside dozens of other heads of state the world over, including all three presidents of our political enemies over at the EU.
‘Biden’s anti-English stance is indicative of the way the left internationally have started slowly turning on the UK and our Royal Family,’ write Dan Wootton (pictured)
Sure, Biden is already travelling to Northern Ireland to mark the 25th anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement later this month and describing the 80-year-old gaffe-prone leader as doddery is being kind to him.
But, given the magnitude of the historic event, another trip a few weeks later is warranted.
US officials want to avoid the decision being seen as a snub and will possibly send the First Lady Jill Biden, but the damage has been done.
Especially with a US government source pointedly telling the Daily Telegraph: ‘He’s very proud of his Irish roots.’
Before anyone tries to dismiss the decision down to his age alone, think again.
In Biden’s 2008 autobiography Promises to Keep, he admitted his mother’s Irish American relatives held onto ‘Irish grudges’, with his Aunt Gertie once telling him: ‘You’re father’s not a bad man. He’s just English.’
In 1982, before meeting the late Queen for the first time, his mother Jean Biden gave him only one piece of advice: ‘Don’t you bow down to her.’
Biden’s anti-English stance is indicative of the way the left internationally have started slowly turning on the UK and our Royal Family as some sort of walking talking manifestation of colonialism, which they deride for political purposes on a daily basis, forgetting the many wonders the British Empire brought to the world.
Whatever one thinks of him, I have not a shadow of doubt that Donald Trump would have moved mountains to attend the King’s coronation.
Perhaps in part because of his mother’s Scottish heritage, he had a deep respect for both the late Queen personally, as well as the importance of the British monarchy and the danger posed by a destructive Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.
Mr Wootton predicts that US officials will want to avoid the decision being seen as a snub and will possibly send the First Lady Jill Biden to the Coronation instead. Jill and Joe Biden are pictured together at the State Funeral of Queen Elizabeth II last year at Westminster Abbey
Biden could have made history by being the first American president to attend a Coronation, Mr Wootton argued. Joe and Jill Biden are pictured with King Charles last September
The idea of invoking centuries old hatred over Irish history or the American civil war when it came to his relations with our monarchy would have been an anathema to him.
Biden could have made history by being the first American president to attend a Coronation, while helping put to bed the constant drumbeat of hatred towards our Royal Family from the American left.
Instead, he has inflamed this current culture war.
I experienced the most over the top abuse from American Be Kind Democrats all weekend long by tweeting: ‘Biden planning to snub the coronation of King Charles III tells you everything you need to know about how one of the worst presidents in modern history feels about the United Kingdom. Shame on him. PS: Biden, closely aligned with Harry and Meghan. We know what this is really about.’
Twitter felt it necessary to add a note of context onto my very valid tweets, stating: ‘No US president in history has attended the Coronation of the British monarch.’
Well, I would add some important context to that note of context: There have only been two coronations in the last 100 years, with the most recent in 1953, with globalisation having transformed the way world leaders travel since then.
Despite the vitriol, I stand by my comments.
And I have no doubt that the malign influence of Harry and Meghan on the way many left-wing Americans think about the UK and Royal Family has played a part in Biden’s decision.
Harry had formed a close friendship with Biden and his wife Jill through his Invictus Games, with the president once stating: ‘Jill went to London for the last games. She spent too much damn time with Prince Harry!’
That closeness resulted in the president’s spokeswoman Jen Psaki praising the Sussexes for ‘courage’ after their notorious interview to Oprah Winfrey, where they made a number of unsubstantiated attacks about the Royal Family being racist that they have since had to walk back.
Courage for what? Destroying the legacy of your dying grandfather? Please!
‘I have no doubt that the malign influence of Harry and Meghan on the way many left-wing Americans think about the UK and Royal Family has played a part in Biden’s decision,’ writes Mr Wootton
In turn, Meghan and Harry have supported the Bidens politically, with the couple attending the Vax Live event during the Covid pandemic and Meghan breaking all royal protocol to publicly back one of his Supreme Court nominees.
Biden’s sister Valerie Biden Owens has since told ITV’s Good Morning Britain that Meghan would make a good candidate for president, openly encouraging her to join the Democrats.
So there is little doubt that in the bitter War of the Windsor’s, Biden sides with the aggrieved Harry trying to tear down the British monarchy, rather than the current king and the heir to the throne, Prince William, who both want to modernise the institution while continuing many of its most important traditions.
Biden might think his snub is clever, delighting his leftie base and impressing his Californian pals the Sussexes, but he’s missed the chance to make royal history – and the British public won’t forget his barely concealed hatred towards our great country.