There seems to be some controversy surrounding a recent campaign event in Iowa carried out by Joe Biden.
Twitter has exploded, blasting the aging candidate for calling a democrat voter “fat” and “sedentary,” but the Biden campaign claims he said “facts,” not “fat.”
Yet, when you watch the exchange and see the reactions of the people surrounding Biden, such a claim is hard to defend.
The outburst from the former vice president came Thursday at a campaign event in Iowa. The voter initially asked Biden about his son, Hunter Biden, and his connection with Ukraine before the Delaware Democrat attacked him.
“You’re a damn liar, man. That’s not true,” Joe Biden responded before calling the man “fat” and “sedentary.”
“And if you wanna check out my shape on, let’s do push-ups together, man, let’s run, let’s do whatever you want to do,” Biden added.
His attack was met with swift condemnation online from people who said a candidate should not be attacking voters.
This voter acknowledges Trump’s misdeeds wrt Ukraine before asking Biden about Burisma/his son. Biden calls him a “damn liar” and “fat.” If this is how he responds to q’s from someone who thinks Trump’s guilty, how is he going to make it through a general election? Some Malarky! https://t.co/qxr4IlwQim
— Batya Ungar-Sargon (@bungarsargon) December 5, 2019
BREAKING: Biden lashes out at Iowa voter, calls him fat
I think that Iowa voter might just vote for Trump in 2020 thank Joe!!!
— Mark Kennedy 🇺🇸 (@RealMarkKennedy) December 5, 2019
Joe Biden fat shaming. Pathetic pic.twitter.com/nR9B8f1k8R
— Frances (@frances0707) December 5, 2019
am i mishearing things or does biden call this guy fat before stopping himself from going further towards the end https://t.co/A5Gu2pvyCI
— Matt Binder (@MattBinder) December 5, 2019
— MarkMizzou 🥃🏌🏼♂️🇺🇸🏝 (@MMS5833) December 5, 2019
Joe Biden nearly calls a guy asking him a question “fat ass”.
…but Trump is the only one acting un-presidential https://t.co/N3hWeknnxS
— DChamps (@DChampsGC) December 5, 2019
What’s interesting is Biden calling him fat wasn’t a slip of the tongue, earlier in the exchange he had looked down at the voters stomach and called him sedentary. (32 seconds) https://t.co/6mfuAXbNQz
— Matt Whitlock (@mattdizwhitlock) December 5, 2019
Fox News reported in the Biden campaign’s damage control:
When Biden said the word in question, a group of schoolchildren off-camera gasped, thinking the former VP did, indeed, call the man “fat”.
“Look, fat, look, here’s the deal,” Biden appears to have said near the end of the exchange, prompting the voter to tell Biden he lacks a backbone.
His campaign claims he said he didn’t say “fat,” just “facts.” And, later in the day, when asked if he used the word “fat,” Biden responded, “No, I didn’t.”
During the fiery altercation, Biden unequivocally referred to the voter as “Jack” and a “damn liar” and challenged him to a pushup contest.
A spokesperson for the Biden campaign directed Fox News to advisor Symone Sanders’ tweet when asked for clarity.
“To be clear: Any assertion VP Biden said a word about the gentleman’s appearance is making this something it is not,” Sanders said. “In the latter part of the exchange, the VP began to say ‘Look, facts’ then said ‘here’s the deal.’ If you’ve been to a Biden event, you’ve heard this before.”
Social media pundits, however, quickly ditched the nuance and decided that Biden called the man “fat,” and took to Twitter to express their opinions.
The encounter began when the audience member described the former vice president’s age and his son Hunter as his chief concerns with the presidential candidate.
“I’m not a Republican,” the man said. “I’ve got two problems with you. One is you’re damn near as old as I am. You’re too old. I’m 83 and I know damn well I don’t have the mental faculties I did [inaudible].”
Biden is 77.
The man in the audience went on to the topic of Ukraine — specifically, the lucrative job Biden’s son Hunter held with natural gas firm Burisma Holdings during the Obama administration. Impeachment proceedings in Washington are focusing on Trump’s effort to pressure Kiev to look into the elder Biden’s role removing a prosecutor who had been looking into the firm.
“But on the other hand, you sent your son over there to get a job and work for a gas company where he had no experience. … In order to get access for the president … You’re selling access to the president just like he was,” the man said.
Biden fired back: “You’re a damn liar, man. That’s not true and no one has ever said that.”
Someone appeared to attempt to take the microphone away from the man in the audience, but Biden stopped them, saying, “Let him go.”
Biden then challenged the man to a pushup contest and the exchange escalated until the controversial comment that critics on Twitter felt was a jab at the man’s weight.
Joe Biden lashes out at voter in Iowa after the voter calls Biden out on Ukraine:
Not only does Biden call the voter “a damn liar,” he goes on to call the voter “fat.” pic.twitter.com/34SMYcmbr7
— Steve Guest (@SteveGuest) December 5, 2019