Protesters let President Joe Biden know what they think of him during a New York City Halloween parade on Monday night, with revelers heard shouting “F*** Joe Biden” as they marched through Manhattan.
The shouts of disapproval came from an anti-vax group taking part in the parade, with some also carrying signs slamming the government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the New York Post.
New York City’s Democratic Mayor Eric Adams was also targeted by the protesters, who repeated their anti-Biden chant but swapped in the mayor’s name for the president’s.
The protest comes as Biden’s popularity, or lack thereof, is being discussed as a possible anchor on the Democrats’ midterm hopes next week.
Last month, several Democrats said they were concerned that Biden would become the scapegoat for rising prices — hurting the party’s candidates through association. Democrats have also become concerned about being tied to the president, as only 42% of voters say they approve of his job performance, compared to 53% who disapprove, according to polling averages analyzed by FiveThirtyEight.
“It’s all about the economy, and at the end of the day, everything is more expensive than it was a year ago, retirement accounts are plummeting, and gas prices are lower, but they’re inching up again,” one Democratic strategist told the Hill. “And President Biden is in charge, so of course, people are going to point to him, unfairly or not.”