A video surfaced on social media Friday of presidential candidate Joe Biden speaking in front of U.S. service members and appearing to call them “stupid bastards.”
“I have incredibly good judgment,” Biden says in the video. “One, I married Jill, and two, I appointed Johnson to the academy. I just want you to know that. Clap for that, you stupid bastards,” in a seemingly sarcastic tone.
Biden then appeared to say that the soldiers “must be slow” and called them “a dull bunch.”
During the same speech, Biden praised the troops, saying, “You’re the finest generation of warriors the world has ever, ever known. Thank you very, very, very much.”
A video of the speech posted in January of 2017 on YouTube is accompanied by the caption “Vice President Joe Biden, recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom calls A room full of servicemen and servicewomen at an undisclosed location in southwest Asia stupid bastards in March 2016. A real class act.”
Joe and Jill Biden spoke to the 380th Air Expeditionary Wing on March 7, 2016, in Southeast Asia.
The video comes weeks after President Trump was criticized by anonymous sources in an article in the Atlantic for allegedly calling American soldiers who were killed in action “losers” and “suckers.”
Biden immediately ran a campaign ad after the story broke slamming the president over the reporting that was refuted by at least 21 on-the-record sources.
“Mr. President, if you don’t respect our troops, you can’t lead them.” Biden tweeted along with the ad.
“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,” Andrew Bates, director of rapid response for the Biden campaign, told the Washington Examiner. “Seconds before, he praised them for ‘the incredible sacrifices [they] make for our country.’ 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.”
Mr. President, if you don’t respect our troops, you can’t lead them. pic.twitter.com/hcX9hGgdm5
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) September 4, 2020
Newly resurfaced video shows Joe Biden calling servicemembers “stupid bastards” pic.twitter.com/yOrz5Ak7bY
— Breaking911 (@Breaking911) September 25, 2020