Joe Biden loses cool on campaign trail: ‘You’re a damn liar, man’
Trump’s possible 2020 rival Joe Biden lost his temper on the campaign trail in New Hampton, Iowa, yesterday when a member of his audience challenged him about the role he and his son Hunter played in Ukraine, parroting several favourite Republican conspiracy theories.
When the questioner – a retired farmer – accused Biden of sending his son to work for Ukrainian gas company Burisma, the candidate fumed: “You’re a damn liar, man,” Biden said. “That’s not true, and no one has ever said that… Get your words straight, jack!”
When the same man suggested he might be too old for the presidency at 77, Biden hit back: “I’m not sedentary. I get up”.
As a campaign staffer motioned to remove the microphone from the man speaking to him, the former veep continued: “Let him go. Look: The reason I’m running is because I’ve been around a long time and I know more than most people know. And I can get things done. That’s why I’m running. And you want to check my shape, let’s do pushups together, man. Let’s run. Let’s do whatever you wanna do. Let’s take an IQ test.”
Afterwards, both parties attempted to downplay the spat.
In better news for Biden, he has won the endorsement of former Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry.
Here’s Alex Woodward again.