Former Vice President Joe Biden on Friday evening, Dec. 13, at a San Antonio campaign stop refused to answer a question from a man who confronted him regarding his Ukraine dealings—before continuing with his verbal barrage on President Donald Trump and linking the president to the Texas shooting that left 22 dead.
“America can overcome four years of Donald Trump’s chaos and corruption, but if re-elected it will forever fundamentally change the character of who we are as a nation,” Biden told the crowd. “We can’t let this happen. This election is about the soul of our nation and Donald Trump has poisoned our soul.”
Biden was soon interrupted by a man from somewhere in the crowd off-camera.
“What about corruption in Ukraine?” The man asked, referencing the former vice president’s past involvement in the country, where his son Hunter Biden allegedly received $83,000 per month for his “ceremonial” gig, according to an Oct. 19 Fox News report.
Biden was cut off by a booing crowd before he could answer, where his supporters chanted “We want Joe.”
The former vice president seized the opportunity to take a jab at President Trump, telling the crowd, to let the protester leave.
“Just let him go. … This is not a Trump rally. This is a real rally,” Biden said as the crowd waved goodbye to the protester. It has not been reported whether the man was escorted out by security or other attendees.
“Remember in ’18, [Trump] claimed there was an invasion of Latinos coming across the border? ‘They’re going to invade and pollute America,’” Biden continued his attack on President Trump. “Well guess what? The words presidents say matter. It didn’t take long after that, that a guy down in El Paso walked into a parking lot and gunned down a lot of innocent people and he says, ‘I’m doing it to prevent the invasion of Texas by Hispanics.’”
But a fact check by The Associated Press proved Biden wrong.
“Nobody has claimed that Trump ‘directed’ the [El Paso] shooting, as O’Rourke suggested,” AP reported on Sept. 13, citing an accusation by former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke that the president has behind the shooting.
The fact check has also proven former U.S. Housing Secretary Julián Castro’s accusations of President Trump false, as the Associated Press’s findings show that the shooting was not “inspired by this president,” unlike Castro has claimed.
Questions that involve the Biden family’s dealings in Ukraine seems to be what triggers the former vice president the most.
When asked how Hunter was able to land a job for which “he had no experience” at a Dec. 6 campaign event in New Hampton, Iowa, Biden shot back, calling the man a “damn liar” before dismissing his question as “not true” and claiming that “no one has ever said that.”
The former vice president during the confrontation challenged the questioner to feats of physical strength and intelligence before insulting the elderly man, calling him “fat” and “sedentary,” before saying that the man is “too old” to be voting for him.
Biden fumed, explaining, “No one has said my son has done anything wrong and I did not, on any occasion.”
“You said I set up my son to work in an oil company. Isn’t that what you said? Get your words straight, Jack,” Biden said, refusing to listen to the man, who tried telling the former vice president that he “never said” that Biden was “doing anything wrong.”
The elderly Iowa man, who later identified himself as Merle Gorman, told reporters after the campaign event that Biden “didn’t have the guts” to tell the crowd what really happened.
“I’m positive 90% of the people there didn’t know about his son working on the board in Ukraine. I wanted it brought out there,” the 83-year-old Gorman said of Hunter Biden, according to an exclusive report by the New York Post. “If it educated them a little bit, so be it. I’m glad it happened.”
“The exchange speaks for itself,” Gorman added. “He didn’t have the guts to explain the situation, and that’s what I wanted.”