Buttigieg campaign adviser defends Biden amid outcry over viral photo of him biting wife's finger

Lis Smith, a senior adviser for South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegBipartisan praise pours in after Ginsburg's death Bogeymen of the far left deserve a place in any Biden administration Overnight Defense: Woodward book causes new firestorm | Book says Trump lashed out at generals, told Woodward about secret weapons system | US withdrawing thousands of troops from Iraq MORE’s (D) presidential campaign, came out in defense of former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenMomentum growing among Republicans for Supreme Court vote before Election Day Trump expects to nominate woman to replace Ginsburg next week Video of Lindsey Graham arguing against nominating a Supreme Court justice in an election year goes viral MORE amid outcry over a viral photo of Biden biting his wife’s finger at a recent campaign stop.

Smith said the photo showed affection between the former vice president and his wife, and she criticized those picking it apart.

“Moments of humanity and affection are allowed in politics. And they are rare,” Smith wrote in a tweet. “To the folks tweeting this out like it was ‘weird’ or ‘bad’- I truly hope your next holiday weekend was better than this one.”


The viral photo Smith is referring to was captured during a brief moment at an event Biden and his wife, Jill Biden, held in Council Bluffs over the weekend as part of his “No Malarkey!” campaign tour in Iowa. 

In a full clip of the moment, Jill Biden can be seen waving her hands in front of her husband’s face for several seconds as the former vice president jokingly dodges them before playfully taking a bite. His wife takes her hand away shortly after while joining Biden and some of his supporters in laughter. 

The moment quickly spread throughout online circles on the right, with allies of President TrumpDonald John TrumpUS reimposes UN sanctions on Iran amid increasing tensions Jeff Flake: Republicans 'should hold the same position' on SCOTUS vacancy as 2016 Trump supporters chant 'Fill that seat' at North Carolina rally MORE in particular ripping Biden.

The moment also became a meme on social media and was made into a chopped video that was played to the popular children's song "Baby Shark."