Biden lost his cool with Rachel Martin – a reporter for NPR – Saturday when she brought up his crazy conflict with an Iowa man after being asked about Hunter and the Ukraine.
Biden had called the man a “damn liar,” then challenged him to a push-up and IQ contest.
When Martin questioned Biden about it, retorted,
“That’s not civil? To call someone who lied a liar?”
Biden then claimed “I was joking” about the push-ups contest, to which Martin replied, “Which is what Donald Trump says a lot,” leading Biden to point his finger in her face, demanding,
“Don’t compare me to Donald Trump.”
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Former Vice President Joe Biden got in a fiery exchange with an NPR host after she compared his recent attack on an Iowa voter to President Trump’s “bullying.”
Last week, Biden snapped at a voter who pressed him to answer questions about his son Hunter Biden’s high-paying job on the board of the Ukrainian gas company, Burisma. The former vice president berated the man and challenged him to a push-up contest or a foot race after appearing to call the man “fat.” He also claimed he was a “damn liar” after he suggested that Biden sold access to the presidency by allowing his son to rake in cash.
During an interview on Morning Edition, reporter Rachel Martin asked him about his decision to smear a random Iowa voter as a “damn liar” and his odd requests for a push-up contest or an IQ test.
Biden brushed off the question and claimed he was “joking” with the man.
“He came along. What was he saying? He said he’s entitled to do this. He said, ‘You’re too old.’ He said, ‘You’re too old. I can’t vote for somebody as old as you.’ I said, 'OK.' And he was challenging me what kind of shape, and so I kidded. I said, ‘Want to do a pushup contest?’ I was joking. Look, I’m in pretty good shape,” Biden explained.
Martin pushed back, asking, “Which is what Donald Trump says a lot. ‘Hey, you can’t take a joke. I was joking.’”
Biden got frustrated and fired back, “Don’t compare me to Donald Trump.”
Daily Mail added:
The Democrat wagged his finger at NPR reporter Rachel Martin after she questioned his reaction to 83-year-old veteran Merle Gorman in New Hampton last Thursday.
Presidential candidate Joe hit back: 'Don't compare me to Donald Trump.' When Martin questioned the civility of his response to Gorman, Biden replied: 'That's not civil? To call someone who lied a liar?
'He's lying! He's lying. You acknowledge what he said wasn't even true. None of the mainstream media believes any of that was true.'
Gorman, who previously served in the United States Marine Corp and is also a retired farmer, accused Biden of selling access to the Presidency by sending son Hunter to Ukraine to work for a gas company Burisma Holdings.
The comment caused Biden to blow up in rage, labeling the elderly Gorman as 'a damn liar'.
Biden told NPR he had been 'joking' with Gorman about doing push-ups and taking an IQ test. He said: 'I was joking with him because he...came along. What was he saying? He said he's entitled to do this.
'He said, "You're too old." He said, "You're too old. I can't vote for somebody as old as you." I said OK. And he was challenging me what kind of shape, and so I kidded. I said, "Want to do a push-up contest?" I was joking. Look, I'm in pretty good shape.'
When Martin tells Biden voters at the town hall were comparing him to Trump, Biden denies it before the reporter adds: 'Yes, they did. They said to me, the woman you met at the end, 94-year-old Mary, said to me, "I was so disappointed in him." This is a direct quote: "That is not the Joe I know. He sounded like Donald Trump in that clip".'
Biden said he does not 'belittle' or 'make fun of people' like Trump, adding: 'The fact of the matter is this guy stood up, and he was in fact lying. And I just pointed out, "You're a liar." It's a fact: He lied. Period.
'And so, you know, maybe I shouldn't have kidded with him about that "No, let's do push-ups".'
Gorman told The New York Post on Thursday evening: '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'.
He added that he felt compelled to question Biden about his son's activities in the Ukraine as all 'the others [questions] were softballs questions'.
'They [other attendees at the campaign stop] might as well have been asking him what color the chandelier was in the vice president's office,' Gorman told The Post.