A video that surfaced today shows U.S. Presidential Candidate Joe Biden calling members of the U.S. Military “stupid bastards”, but tonight the campaign said the candidate was just kidding. The video was reportedly filmed during a meeting with troops in Abu Dhabi in March of 2016 when he was still Vice President.
Here’s how the Biden campaign spun the exchange, “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.’”
“And I want you to know notwithstanding what you may hear about me, I have incredibly good judgment. 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. (Applause.) Come on, man. Man, you are a dull bunch. Must be slow here, man. I don’t know,” Biden said in the video.