Cringe-worthy moment Terry McAuliffe breaks his own ‘cardinal rule’ and dances onstage next to Biden in Virginia
Former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe once again broke his own cardinal rule of politics – no dancing – and he is already paying the price on social media.
Now, the candidate for governor may have to doubly apologize to his staff for showing off his run/dance/wave moves while on stage with President Joe Biden at a rally in Arlington.
McAuliffe was the only dignitary who broke out in full dance as speakers boomed out ‘Drive,’ by Ben Rector at an outdoor campaign rally in Arlington.
A clip of his bopping, arm-waiving moves went viral Tuesday night, even as millions of Americans were tuned into Game 1 of the World Series, which coincided with the event.
FORGOT THE MEMO AND MISSED THE POINT: Democratic candidate for governor of Virginia Terry McAuliffe broke his own rule and danced on stage again. His wife Dorothy, U.S. President Joe Biden, and Democratic Virginia Lt. Gov. candidate Hala Ayala knew better
‘I’m the worst dancer ever, which is why I don’t dance in public. Terry McAuliffe too should stop dancing in public,’ tweeted former ‘View’ cohost and DailyMail.com columnist Meghan McCain.
The moves didn’t go over any better in Trump World. Former White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany wrote: ‘The Terry McAuliffe dance truly took on a life of its own tonight. She added a wide-eyed emoji.
McAuliffe, sporting a gray suit, blue shirt and no tie, also grooved on stage with Vice President Kamala Harris to the sounds of ‘Lovely Day’ by Bill Withers – a staple of Obama rallies.
McAuliffe waved his arms back and forth as he danced to ‘Drive,’ by Ben Rector at a rally with supporters Tuesday night
NEW MOVES? McAuliffe said he apologized to staff after a previous bout of dancing in 2016
McAuliffe did a mea culpa after his dancing got out of hand at an event with Hillary Clinton running mate Sen. Tim Kaine, himself a former Virginia governor, in 2016.
He said he apologized to his staff for breaking the ‘cardinal rule’ – ‘I danced in public,’ he told CNN afterward.
It is unclear whether McAuliffe will have much to dance apart after Nov. 3. His race against Republican Glenn Youngkin is a dead-heat, in an off-year election that will be used to judge the momentum of both parties.
McEnany has kept her eye on McAuliffe’s dance moves in the past. On Oct. 23, she also tweeted about the former governor’s moves on stage with former President Barack Obama. At that event, also to Rector’s song, McAuliffe shifts awkwardly from side to side and shakes his wrist back and forth.
Biden, who followed the normal political guidelines of smiling and pointing to the crowd after his own fiery remarks, did his best to give a boost Tuesday night by trying to yoke Youngkin to Trump, calling the wealthy private-equity investor a Trump ‘acolyte.’