Joe Biden gets annoyed with CBS reporter Bo Erickson over COVID-19 question

November 21, 2020 

Joe Biden wants reporters to talk softly. He'll be the one to carry a big stick.

The president-elect went after CBS News' Bo Erickson for pressing him on how he plans to get teachers to return to school during the coronavirus outbreak, the Daily Mail reported.

"Mr. Biden, the COVID task force said it's safe for children to be back in class," Erickson asked Friday. He follows up by asking Biden whether he will push teacher unions to back him in efforts to get their members back to the classroom.

The president-elect has the support of the unions, which generally oppose a return to in-person instruction because of the risk of infection.

Biden didn't respond, then commented icily to Erickson: "Why are you the only guy that always shouts out questions?"

The Twitterati supported Erickson, the Daily Mail reported.

"Good for Bo, also the idea that this was a 'shouted' question is hilarious," tweeted ABC News' Will Steakin.

President-elect Joe Biden speaks during a meeting in Wilmington, Delaware, yesterday.Alex Brandon/AP

Journalist Zaid Jilani posted: "Because Bo is trying to do journalism and much of the rest of Biden's press corps are stenographers."

Erickson and Biden have had a tense exchange before. Last month, Erickson asked about The Post's reporting on his son, Hunter, who allegedly made millions of dollars by arranging talks between Ukrainian energy company Burisma and Biden when he was vice president.

"'I know you'd ask it," Biden told Erickson. "I have no response, it's another smear campaign, right up your alley, those are the questions you always ask."

President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris hold a meeting with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer.Joe Raedle/Getty Images

The latest exchange came just after Biden had finished meeting with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris. Biden and Harris are in Wilmington, Del., where they are planning their transition to the White House.

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