VIDEO: Biden Makes Sign of Cross While Talking About Abortion

Published by Valerie Richardson for The Washington Times

President Biden has long been at odds with the Catholic Church over his pro-choice stance, but some Catholics were nonetheless flabbergasted to see him make the sign of the cross during an abortion-rights event in Florida.

The president made the four-point sign representing the cross during the campaign stop Tuesday as he listened to Florida Democratic Party Chair Nikki Fried blast Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis’s stance on abortion gestational limits, as shown in a video clip.  

“We come back here to the state of Florida, where Ron DeSantis felt like he needed to run for president, so 15 weeks wasn’t good enough,” said Ms. Fried. “We had to go to six weeks.”

It was unclear why Mr. Biden, a lifelong Catholic, would choose that moment to make the sign, but his gesture stunned CatholicVote President Brian Burch, who accused him of mocking Catholicism.

“Biden’s decision to make the Sign of the Cross in support of abortion extremism is a despicable charade that attempts to co-opt a sacred practice in support of his new abortion religion,” Mr. Burch said. “His gesture openly mocks the Christian belief in the sanctity of life. There is no divine support for destroying the lives of innocent children, and he should know better.”

He added that “Biden’s gesture suggests he is either terribly naive, or senile, or callously indifferent to the foundational beliefs of millions of Christians in America.”

Critics commenting on social media called the president’s gesture “disgusting,” “horrible,” and “grotesquely scandalous.”