Published: Mon, December 09, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Biden defends calling voter a 'damn liar' during tense town hall

Biden defends calling voter a 'damn liar' during tense town hall

"No. Because I trust my son", Biden responded when asked whether he wanted to get to the bottom of his son's business dealings.

Axios' Mike Allen questioned Biden - who was vice president while Hunter was in his position at Burisma - if he thought his son's situation was "kosher". "You're selling access to the president just like he is".

Biden fired back, "You're a damn liar, man". "That's not true. And no one has ever said that, no one has proved that". The Iowan also challenged Biden about his age, which prompted Biden to challenge the man to a series of tests, including a push-up contest. "It's going to go to the Senate, it's going to go nowhere, and I think the American people know this is a waste of time and this is Democrats putting on a circus".

"All the things we're talking about, none of it matters, even if you defeat Trump, unless you can pass it", Biden said.

"People are voting for him because he is the friendly uncle who is not going to ruin anything, and it fits the brand" said Jacob Schrader, 20, a Republican student at Iowa State who is considering voting for Biden and was one of the few young people who knew what "No Malarkey" meant.

'OK, I've got two problems with you, ' Merle Gorman, who introduced himself as an 'old, Iowa retired farmer, ' said to the candidate. "But there were former White House aides of yours who tried to warn you about the potential conflicts of interest", Martin said. Biden said, growing more agitated and raising his voice.

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"I am used to bullies", Biden countered, citing a childhood stutter that made him a target.

According to Politico, the Biden campaign had to clarify later that Biden had not called the man "fat" during their exchange, as it appeared, but instead said the word "facts". Biden accordingly denied he had heard it on MSNBC.

In a segment on Friday morning, Fox & Friends host Ainsley Earhardt compared President Donald Trump to Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, saying that Trump wasn't one to take insults personally and responds "without it being so combative".

"Democrats have a burning desire to defeat Trump", Larry Sabato, director of the Center for Politics at University of Virginia, told AFP.

Biden's response was sharp and a bit sarcastic, calling the man a "damn liar" after the man repeated some baseless claims about Biden, his son and Ukraine.

"The truth is that I was forced out because I was leading a wide-ranging corruption probe into Burisma Holdings, a natural gas firm active in Ukraine, and Joe Biden's son, Hunter Biden, was a member of the Board of Directors", Shokin wrote.

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