This image of US President Joe Biden with red laser beams emanating from his eyes posted on his own X page early on Monday has sparked criticism from some social media users. The post came after the Kansas City Chiefs defeated the San Francisco 49ers in the Super Bowl, and Biden used the image to mock a conspiracy theory about singer Taylor Swift’s supposed endorsement of his candidature. However, with more than 28,000 people killed in Israel’s war on Gaza, many found the post distasteful and insensitive. The post also references a meme called “Dark Brandon” that has been co-opted by Democrats and Biden himself. This use of memes is seen as an attempt to connect with younger voters and convey political messages in a changing media landscape.