With Iowa causes being held earlier this week, former vice president Joe Biden has been on the road, doing everything he could to turn votes his way. And with most of his competitors being stuck in Washington for the ongoing impeachment trials, things have been looking good for him. That is if you are only privy to news coverage of his events from an outlet like Iowa City Press-Citizen.
According to them, events like his recent rally in North Liberty, Iowa, are nothing but another auspicious occasion for the White House hopeful. There are plenty of images of smiling voters, a lot of shaking hands, and a candidate who looks very much the part.
However, other news outlets, such as QuickTake by Bloomberg, show a slightly different story.
In one exchange with a potential voter, Biden was asked some marital advice. The man stated that his wife had recently left him and wanted a divorce. He wondered what Biden thought he should do to “get her back.”
I know, it seems to be an odd request. I mean, who takes this kind of question to a presidential candidate during a televised campaign event?
But apparently, some people feel the need.
Anyway…I don’t think Biden’s response wasn’t even remotely therapeutic or what the man was looking for.
Biden actually said to this man at one point, “I’m beginning to see why your wife left you.”
Wow! I’m don’t think I’d be supporting anyone who told me that for president.
But that wasn’t the former veep’s only mishandling of a situation. During the next one, Biden accused a man of being a GOP mole because Biden didn’t like what he said.
Later in the evening, a man wearing a “Settle for Biden” t-shirt stood up and said, “I just want to say that you’re a fine candidate, and I’m planning on settling for Biden in 2020. I think we should all settle for Biden. I think you could be the Hillary of 2020.”
Naturally, the crowd responded by booing him out, with Biden himself even joining in.
As the man walked out, Biden said, “I tell you what, man. I thought they were exaggerating when the Republicans said they were sending out 80 people to participate in the Democratic caucus here.” And added, “I’m not sure who he’s with, but, hey, by the way, give us back your ‘Joe’ shirt, OK?”
Now, I understand practically no one would like what this man said or his apparent attempt at a joke at Biden’s expense. But accusing him of being a member of the opposing party is not necessarily the first thing that comes to my mind, nor one that I would engage in on live television.
As the Washington Examiner later discovered, the man seems to be part of a comedy duo known as The Good Liars, which, in fact, appears to have far more ties to Democratic views and personas than GOP ones.
I know, you’re shocked. Biden was wrong…again.
The duo has been responsible for several similar instances of pranking, including one at Warren rally and several displaying their views on Rudy Giuliani. Take a look at a few pieces of their not so admirable work.
If I had to guess, they are part of Sanders vigilant and often damaging online Bernie Bros.
But back to Biden.
Regardless of who this man worked for, or who he supported, it’s clear that his response wasn’t at all what it should have been.
And this isn’t the first time he has simply spouted off at individuals in the last few months who said something disagreeable.
Take his encounter with an 83-year-old retired farmer who questioned Biden about his son Hunter. Biden apparently wasn’t fond of his line of questioning and quickly resorted to name-calling. The man who isn’t quite as thin as Biden was called “a damn liar” and “fat.”
Biden even challenged the man to a push-up contest, as well as degraded his IQ, saying, “look, fat, look, here’s the deal…”
Not exactly presidential type of behavior, huh?
Or what about last week, when Biden told an Iowan voter to “Go vote for someone else,” when they admitted that Biden was not their first choice but said they would support him if nominated?
Sounds a little familiar, right. It would seem that Biden isn’t really anyone’s first choice. But his electability makes him the best pick to beat Trump.
So settling it is…