Democratic presidential front-runner Joe Biden on Thursday called a man in Iowa a “damn liar” and “too old to vote for me” after the man accused Biden without any evidence of getting his son Hunter a job with a Ukrainian gas company in exchange for access to the Obama administration.
“You’re a damn liar, and that’s not true,” Biden snapped at the man during a campaign event in New Hampton, Iowa.
The former vice president then challenged the man — who had also questioned Biden’s fitness for the White House given his age — to a push-up contest.
“I’m not sedentary,” said the 77-year-old Biden. “You want to check my shape on, let’s do push-ups together, let’s run, let’s do whatever you want to do, let’s take an IQ test.”
Biden spokeswoman Symone Sanders said in a tweet that “the gentleman is a self-identified Warren supporter who said he would vote for the VP in a general election … his facts were flat-out wrong and .. the crowd backed VP Biden up in his response.”
“OK, I’ve got two problems with you,” said the man after introducing himself as an “old, Iowa retired farmer.”
“One, you’re damn near as old as I am. You’re too old for the job. I am 83 and I know damn well I don’t have the mental faculties I did when I was 30 years ago. All right … forget that stuff.”
“I got a question I want you to answer,” said the man.
“We all know Trump has been messing around in Ukraine over there, holding their foreign aid for them to come up saying they’re going to investigate you. We know all about that. He’s no backbone. We know that,” the man said.
“But you on the other hand sent your son over there to get a job and work for a gas company that he had no experience with gas or nothing in order to get access for the president. You’re selling access to the president just like he does,” he added.
Biden then fired back.
Joe Biden lashed at an Iowa town hall after the man suggested he helped his son get a sweetheart deal in Ukraine and was “selling access” like President Donald Trump does:
“You’re a damn liar. That’s not true,” Biden said. “Get your words straight, jack!” https://t.co/fC9ZJy8m4f pic.twitter.com/48UziGZolN
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“You’re a damn liar, man!” Biden said. “That’s not true and no one has ever said that. No one has proved that.”
″I see it on the TV,” the man said.
Biden said, “No one has said my son has done anything wrong and I did not on any occasion.”
“I didn’t say you were doing anything wrong,” the man interjected.
“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.
When the man said he had heard the claim on MSNBC, Biden snapped: “You don’t hear that on MSNBC.”
“You do not hear that at all,” Biden said. “Look, OK, I’m not going to get into an argument with you, man.”
When the man said, “I don’t want to either,” Biden said, “Well, yeah, you do.”
The man then said, “It looks, it looks like you don’t have any more backbone than Trump does.”
“Any other questions?” Biden said to the crowd.
“Yeah, all right. I’m not voting for you,” the man said.
Biden replied, “I knew you weren’t, man.”
“You think I’d thought you’d stand up and vote for me? You’re too old to vote for me.”