The Supposedly Moderate Mr. Biden

Former Vice President Joe Biden got into a shouting match, not unlike others he has had, with a Michigan auto worker at a campaign stop. The subject was 2nd amendment rights.

Biden is being presented as Everyman, the proverbial nice guy, an anti-Trump. After reading the transcript of the encounter (below) and viewing a video of it (also below), it is hard to see how he is temperamentally all that different from Trump. 

Transcript below as published in National Review. 

“You are actively trying to end our Second Amendment right and take away our guns,” the man told Biden as the candidate greeted workers building a Fiat-Chrysler assembly plant.

“You’re full of sh**,” Biden responded. A Biden aide tried to end the discussion, but the candidate silenced her in order to continue speaking with the worker. “I support the Second Amendment … from the very beginning. I have a shotgun. I have a 20-gauge, a 12-gauge. My sons hunt,” he said.

The two men then argued about whether Biden had said he would try to take away Americans’ guns.

“This is not okay, alright?” the worker said, to which Biden responded, “Don’t tell me that, pal, or I’m going to go out and slap you in the face.”

“You’re working for me, man!” the worker responded.

“I’m not working for you,” Biden shot back. “Don’t be such a horse’s ass.”


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