Bill Nye the Science Guy has teamed up with President Joe Biden in a TikTok video to promote the president's $1.5 trillion infrastructure bill, but it has left social media users cringing.
Nye, 66, along with President Biden, who is referred to as 'Amtrak Joe,' highlights the effects of the infrastructure bill on the economy to tackle climate change while both are maskless in an 82-second video.
'The House of Representatives passed it recently. That's for our roads, our power lines, our water pipes, to upgrade them and improve them so we can have a better infrastructure,' Nye says after making an introductory joke that he is indeed a 'bill', due to his first name being William, but not the infrastructure bill.
'Next would be for addressing climate change, for providing people with the means to weatherize their houses and making them more resilient to climate change, and establish a civilian climate core,' Nye adds.
'This would be something for people of all ges to get good union jobs here in the United States so we can working together, build back better' - using a phrase that President Biden has repeatedly used to describe his infrastructure bill.
President Joe Biden, who has repeatedly urged Americans to mask up, was seen throughout the entire video flouting face-covering rules, like he did in Nantucket Saturday.
Near the end, Nye, who is standing next to Biden, refers to infrastructure as 'cool' before they both share an awkward shoulder-to-fist bump.
And while it was promoted by his administration officials, including Christian Tom, the deputy director of the White House Office of Digital Strategy, the video's critics described Biden's collaboration with Nye as 'demented' and cringe-inducing.
Fox News editor Emily Zanotti tweeted: 'In fairness, as a mechanical engineer, Bill Nye is actually more qualified to talk about infrastructure than he is about his usual lineup of climate change, gender, or abortion.'
Washington Free Beacon writer Joe Gabriel Simonson described the video as 'insanely demented.'
Journalist and prominent pro-Trump conservative Ian Miles Cheong, who chose to focus on Biden's nickname in the video, 'Amtrak Joe', said: 'Calling Joe Biden 'Amtrak Joe' is a bigger indictment than Bill Nye realizes.'
'The Amtrak is a money pit. A disaster. It lost $700million last year.'
Twitter was full of criticism towards TV scientist Bill Nye after he appeared in a 82-second TikTok video with President Biden
Representative Katherine Clark (D-Mass.), endorsed the video and wrote, 'One might say this is how we 'Bill Back Better.''
The bipartisan $1.5trillion infrastructure bill was signed into law by President Biden on November 15. The bill passed the House of Representatives on November 5 in a 228-206 vote, thanks to a Democratic majority along with 13 Republicans' approval.
The bill was also approved by the Senate in August in a 69-30 vote.
However, the piece of legislation was once a subject of intense political debate between Republicans and Democrats.
Republicans criticized its 13 members who vote in favor of the bill, calling them so-called 'RINOS' and 'sell outs' and challenged other same-party members to kick them out in the next primaries.
Meanwhile, six Democrats within the House, including 'squad' members Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), Ilhan Omar (D-Minn), and Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.), refused to vote in favor of the bill due to the lack of assurances the Senate gave on passing the additional spending bill that included numerous progressive agenda policies .
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