Did Joe Biden seriously call our troops “stupid bastards” during a speech four years ago?
The answer is maybe.
There is no doubt that he used the words. You can hear that on the video below:
A video of Joe Biden saying “clap for that you stupid bastards” to military members and adding “you must be slow” is making its rounds online.
He made the remarks to 380th Air Expeditionary Wing on March 7, 2016, in Southeast Asia, and met with applause. pic.twitter.com/Th2wdF0VQE
— Alex Salvi (@alexsalvinews) September 26, 2020
My initial assumption was that Biden did not mean the comment literally, he was trying to be sarcastically humorous and taking liberties because it was a military crowd used to that kind of language. In other words, maybe in poor taste but not meant insultingly.
The problem, though, is that Biden’s facial expression after saying it seemed dead serious. He wasn’t laughing or even smiling. And that turns the “obviously he didn’t mean it that way” into a “maybe he didn’t mean it that way”.
In any event, you’ve just heard what he said. And you’ve just seen his face after saying it.
You be the judge.