Joe Biden exhibited arrogance and uncouthness with workers and his own female campaign employee at a Detroit, Michigan auto plant on Tuesday.
The former vice president’s behavior was offensive, embarrassing and unbecoming of a presidential candidate. It was the latest in a string of attacks on voters at campaign stops.
Biden was touring a Fiat-Chrysler auto plant when unionized construction worker Jerry Wayne accused him of being anti-Second Amendment. Biden started hurling insults, which unfortunately described the guy as a horse’s a$$ that was full of sh*t. It doesn’t take a lot of provocation to trigger the old coot.
“How do you intend on getting the union vote when there’s a large portion of the union workers that are gun enthusiasts and you are actively trying to diminish our Second Amendment rights and take away our guns?” Wayne asked the presidential candidate.
“You’re full of sh*t. I did not, no, no,” said Biden.
He then told an intervening female campaign worker to leave Wayne alone, rudely raising his hand in front of her face and commanding her to “shush! Shush!”
“I support the second amendment,” he continued. “Just like right now if you yell fire, that’s not free speech.” He was clarifying that just like First Amendment rights, Second Amendment rights have limitations.
“And from the very beginning ‘I have a shotgun, I have a 20-gauge, a 12-gauge, my sons hunt,’ Biden said. “Guess what? You’re not allowed to own any weapons? I’m not taking your gun away, at all. Do you need 100 rounds?”
“You were with Beto when you said you were going to take our guns away.” Wayne said.
“I did not say that. That’s not true,” Biden retorted. “I did not say that,” he said loudly.
“It’s a viral video,” Wayne insisted.
‘Well, it’s a viral video like the other ones that they’re putting out, which are simply a lie,’ Biden told him.
“Its not OK,” said Wayne.
“Don’t try me pal!” Biden threatened.
A plant boss told the worker: “Well, he just clarified it —”
“You’re working for me, man,” said Wayne.
“I’m not working for — gimme a break, man. Don’t be such a horse’s a$$. Hold on. Here’s the deal. Here’s the deal. Are you able to own a machine gun? I said are you able to own one?” Biden asked.
“Machine guns are illegal,” said Wayne.
“That’s right! So AR-15s are illegal,” Biden stated incorrectly.
“But they’re not machine guns, they’re semi-automatic,” said Wayne.
“There are more deaths in America from handguns than they are from what you call an assault rifle. Why are you advocating for a ban on assault rifles when people are dying from handguns?” Wayne asked Biden.
Wayne was earlier referring to a statement former presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke made last year at a Democratic debate.
“Hell, yes, we’re going to take your AR-15, your AK-47,” said O’Rourke,
Biden offered him a role in his administration to assist with gun control when O’Rourke appeared with him at a pre-Super Tuesday rally.
“I want to make something clear — I’m gonna guarantee you, this is not the last you’re seeing of this guy — you’re gonna take care of the gun problem with me. You’re gonna be the one who leads this effort,” Biden said. “I’m counting on you, I’m counting on you. We need you badly.”
Wayne told Fox News in an interview on Wednesday Biden could have “curbed what he said a little bit.”
“Yeah, I thought I was pretty articulate and respectful. I didn’t try to raise any feathers and he kind of just went off the deep end,” Wayne said.