Anyone who watched the exchange last week between an Iowa voter and Joe Biden knows that the tense encounter was far from light hearted banter. Yet, that’s exactly what Joe Biden wants the American people to believe.
During a fiery exchange between NPR host Rachel Martin, Biden claimed on Morning Edition that he was only “joking” when he seemed to call the man “fat” and challenge him to a push up contest, belittling him in front of the audience. Likewise, Biden defended calling the man a “dam* liar.”
Martin compared Sleepy Joe’s reaction to questions as similar to Donald Trump’s brash style and “bullying,” which infuriated Biden. In fact, he called on a “mainstream media” defense.
Last week, Biden snapped at a voter who pressed him to answer questions about his son Hunter Biden’s high-paying job on the board of the Ukrainian gas company, Burisma. The former vice president berated the man and challenged him to a push-up contest or a foot race after appearing to call the man “fat.” He also claimed he was a “damn liar” after he suggested that Biden sold access to the presidency by allowing his son to rake in cash.
During an interview on Morning Edition, reporter Rachel Martin asked him about his decision to smear a random Iowa voter as a “damn liar” and his odd requests for a push-up contest or an IQ test.
Biden brushed off the question and claimed he was “joking” with the man.
“He came along. What was he saying? He said he’s entitled to do this. He said, ‘You’re too old.’ He said, ‘You’re too old. I can’t vote for somebody as old as you.’ I said, ‘OK.’ And he was challenging me what kind of shape, and so I kidded. I said, ‘Want to do a pushup contest?’ I was joking. Look, I’m in pretty good shape,” Biden explained.
Martin pushed back, asking, “Which is what Donald Trump says a lot. ‘Hey, you can’t take a joke. I was joking.’”
Biden got frustrated and fired back, “Don’t compare me to Donald Trump.”
“What Donald Trump says, he makes fun of people. He belittles people. He lies. I don’t do any of those things. Period,” Biden said.
Martin continued to press Biden on his remarks and questioned how calling someone a “damn liar” is restoring civility, as he promised to do on the campaign trail.
“That’s not civil? To call someone who lied a liar?” Biden questioned, later adding, “But he’s lying! He’s lying. You acknowledge what he said wasn’t even true. None of the mainstream media believes any of that was true.”
Biden, 77, is the front-runner in the crowded Democratic primary. His RealClearPolitics polling average shows him with 27.8% support.