A video surfaced on social media Friday showing the Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden speaking to overseas U.S. service members where he called them “stupid bastards” and a “dull bunch.”
During his last few months as Vice President, Biden in 2106 visited Al-Dhafra Air Base near the United Arab Emirates capital of Abu Dhabi and addressed the U.S. Airmen stationed at the base. In the speech, the former Vice President attempted to make a joke when he talked about having “incredibly good judgment” based on his wife and whom he appointed to the academy.
“And I want you to know notwithstanding what you may hear about me, I have incredibly good judgment,” Biden said. “One, I married Jill. And two, I appointed Johnson to the academy. I just want you to know that.”
The military members in the audience and those behind him didn’t applaud, causing Biden to react with a sarcastic tone.
“Clap for that, you stupid bastards. Come on, man. Man, you are a dull bunch. Must be slow here, man. I don’t know,” Biden said.
The Biden campaign confirmed the resurfaced video Friday afternoon and defended their candidate, saying the former vice president was “jokingly” calling the military troops “stupid bastards” and “a dull bunch” to stir the “audience to clap for an airwoman on the stage.”
“Vice President Biden was jokingly encouraging the audience to clap for an airwoman on the stage, and a number of service members can be seen laughing and smiling at the comment. Seconds before, he praised them for ‘the incredible sacrifices [they] make for our country,'” Biden campaign spokesperson Andrew Bates said.
“He thanked them for their patriotism and courage throughout, and closed his remarks by saying, ‘you’re the finest generation of warriors the world has ever, ever known’—receiving an enthusiastic ovation,” Bates added.
Trump 2020 campaign responded to the video and said that Biden should apologize to the troops since his campaign has “confirmed the authenticity of the video.”
Joe Biden's campaign has confirmed the authenticity of the video where he is seen insulting our military men and women and calling them "stupid bastards."— Trump War Room – Text TRUMP to 88022 (@TrumpWarRoom) September 26, 2020
Biden should apologize!
The video comes after Biden over the past several weeks during a few campaign events he has held has repeatedly slammed presidential rival President Trump over a debunked story from The Atlantic that reportedly alleged he called fallen service members “losers” and “suckers.”
“Mr. President, if you don’t respect our troops, you can’t lead them.” Biden tweeted with a campaign ad video attached that was complied shortly from the Biden campaign after the Atlantic story came out earlier September.
Mr. President, if you don’t respect our troops, you can’t lead them. pic.twitter.com/hcX9hGgdm5— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) September 4, 2020
None of the four anonymous that spoke to The Atlantic reporter has come forth to confirm the story and was refuted by over 20 on-the-record sources, including disgruntle former National Security Advisor John Bolton.
So where is the media outrage?