Is America’s tough guy threatening once to again to “beat the hell out of” the president? In case you’ve forgotten, former Vice President Joe Biden did precisely that in March 2018 while speaking at an anti-sexual assault rally at the University of Miami.
“A guy who ended up becoming our national leader said, ‘I can grab a woman anywhere and she likes it,’” Biden told those assembled. “They asked me if I’d like to debate this gentleman, and I said ‘no.’ I said, ‘If we were in high school, I’d take him behind the gym and beat the hell out of him.’”
“I’ve been in a lot of locker rooms my whole life,” he added. “I’m a pretty damn good athlete. Any guy that talked that way was usually the fattest, ugliest S.O.B. in the room.”
Never mind the irony of a man accused of “plant[ing] a big slow kiss on the back” of the head of a female politician lecturing someone else over abusing women. Where were the social justice warriors calling out the former veep for his very blatant display of toxic masculinity?
Now the 2020 presidential hopeful has given them a second chance. Biden was one of a half dozen or so Democratic contenders speaking at the Moral Action Congress of the Poor People’s Campaign in Washington on Monday. During the Q & A that followed Biden’s prepared remarks, MSNBC’s Joy Reid asked him:
How would you get past either a majority Republican Senate in which Mitch McConnell was determined to kill all of these ideas or even a Mitch McConnell in the minority who repeated the consistent filibustering when you were vice president and anything that came from the Obama-Biden administration Mitch McConnell considered dead on arrival?
There are certain things where it just takes a brass knuckle fight. … Let’s start a real physical revolution if you’re talking about it.
You can watch the exchange beginning at 19:01.
In fairness, Biden was using the term brass knuckles metaphorically, but when has that ever stopped the Left from detecting “dog whistles” as they did with former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin’s now-infamous campaign map, which used printer’s registrations marks to indicate precincts to focus on?