Dan Walker: BBC host fears ‘challenging’ Joe Biden term after Trump supporter chaos

Dan Walker asks Priti Patel if she’s happy to ‘see back of Trump’

Dan Walker, 43, was among the thousands of people watching 46th President Joe Biden’s inauguration on Wednesday 20 January, after Donald Trump’s four-year term came to an end. Under the Trump administration, America has seen years of unsettlement as multiple riots took place all over the country.

I wonder how many of the almost 75 million who voted for Trump he’ll be able to reach out to

Dan Walker

But now Trump is out and Biden is in, will Republican voters who don’t support the Democratic leadership finally accept defeat?

Taking to Twitter, Dan aired his predictions for Biden’s upcoming term, sharing his sympathy for the “huge challenges” that lie ahead in trying to unite a very divided nation.

“Huge challenge ahead for President Biden,” Dan wrote.

“The pandemic, the economy, racial tension & those who remain convinced the election was stolen.”

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He then turned his attention towards Trump supporters, saying: “I wonder how many of the almost 75 million who voted for Trump he’ll be able to reach out to #InaugurationDay.”

Throughout the day, this was Dan’s only post on the matter and he was praised by fans for focusing on the issues America has to overcome rather than “jumping on the Trump hate bandwagon”, with some saying he’s “gone up” in their estimations.

But this wasn’t the case earlier in the day, after some viewers decided they had “lost respect” for the broadcaster after his “car crash” interview with Home Secretary Priti Patel.

On Wednesday morning, Ms Patel appeared to face a whole host of questions on BBC Breakfast – from the end of Trump’s presidency to the UK’s coronavirus death rate.

But a number of BBC viewers at home who took issue with his line of questioning, accusing him of trying to “trip up” the minister and “repeating” the same questions.

Focusing on the issues stateside, Dan asked the Home Secretary: “You were one of the first to publicly condemn what we saw at the Capitol Building at Washington.

“I wonder this morning Home Secretary, will you be pleased to see the back of President Trump?”

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The Conservative Party MP replied: “Well, look this is a new era now in US politics and the incoming administration and inauguration today, it’s a very, very big moment in America and in the world.

“I think actually we should put some of this into the context of what we saw two weeks ago, with the protests and the violence which then unfolded.

“The fact of the matter is for us, we have an incredible relationship with the United States.”

She added: “We’re stronger together in terms of our alliances – and we’ll continue to work together with incoming Biden administration.”

But Dan was clearly dissatisfied with Ms Patel’s answer, and asked her again: “So will you be pleased to see the back of Trump?”

She stood firm and insisted: “Well, this is the end of his administration and we have to look forward and not backwards.”

Taking to Twitter, one fan blasted Dan for wanting the minister to make “derogatory” comments about Trump.

“@BBCBreakfast lost a little respect for @mrdanwalker just now with him pressing @pritipatel to make derogatory comments about Trump and then Biden’s opinion on BoJo,” they snapped.

BBC Breakfast continues daily at 6am on BBC One.

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