Capt. Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, the pilot who successfully landed US Airways Flight 1549 in 2009, has penned an op-ed in The New York Times calling out President Trump’s daughter-in-law, Lara Trump, for seemingly mocking 2020 presidential candidate Joe Biden‘s speech impediment.
During a “Women for Trump” event in Iowa this Thursday, Lara mocked Biden’s speech impediment and suggested that Democrats are in big trouble having him as a front runner in the 2020 election.
“Every time he comes on stage and they turn to him, I’m like, Joe can you get it out, let’s get the words out, Joe,” she said mockingly. “You kinda feel bad for him.”
In response to Lara’s attack on Biden, Sullenberger wrote: “Those feelings came rushing back when I heard Lara Trump mocking former Vice President Joe Biden at a Trump campaign event, with the very words that caused my childhood agony.”
Sullenberger says his disgust with Lara goes “beyond politics.”
“Stop. Grow up. Show some decency. People who can’t have no place in public life,” he added.
He then directed a message to children who stutter.
“You are fine, just as you are,” he wrote. “You can do any job you dream of when you grow up.”
“You can be a pilot who lands your plane on a river and helps save lives, or a president who treats people with respect, rather than making fun of them.”
Biden on Sunday responded on Twitter to Sullenberger’s column, thanking him for opening up about his own childhood stutter.
“Thank you @Captsully for sharing your story. There’s a lot of kids who I bet needed to hear it. Being different isn’t a barrier to success,” Biden tweeted Sunday. “It can give you the strength to save lives in a crash landing — or even run for President.”
Thank you @Captsully for sharing your story. There’s a lot of kids who I bet needed to hear it.
Being different isn’t a barrier to success. It can give you the strength to save lives in a crash landing — or even run for President. https://t.co/0sYl6VhJyr
— Joe Biden (Text Join to 30330) (@JoeBiden) January 19, 2020