Biden to construction worker: ‘You’re full of S–t’ in gun control argument


Photo Credit: Screen shot: Twitter/Bo Erickson/Steve Guest

UPDATED 3/11 — Former Vice President Joe Biden on Tuesday engaged in an obscenity-laced argument with a construction worker during a Michigan campaign stop in which the Democrat presidential hopeful reportedly also suggested the other man in the conversation was “a horse’s ass,” according to the Washington Times.

The construction worker has been identified as Jerry Wayne. He appeared Wednesday on “Fox & Friends.”

A video clip of the argument has warped across social media thanks to Steve Guest, GOP Rapid Response Coordinator, who appears to have picked it up from Bo Erickson, a CBS reporter. A second clip is also being circulated. The heated discussion was broken up by another man wearing a hardhat who stepped in to move the construction worker away.

The Daily Caller noted that the audio is not entirely clear, but as it begins, Biden can clearly be heard telling the bearded younger man “You’re full of s—.” The former vice president, who once famously stated during a video interview the way to frighten off burglars is to get a double-barrel shotgun, step outside and fire a couple of rounds. In many, if not most states, that’s a crime.

Biden can be heard insisting, “I support the Second Amendment…I have a shotgun, a 20-gauge, a 12-gauge, my sons hunt.” The video shows Biden immediately ramp up the intensity. When Wayne appeared on “Fox & Friends,” he articulated his question about gun rights that heated up the confrontation.

After the obscenity, Biden says, “Guess what, you’re not allowed to own any weapons. I’m not taking your gun away, at all.” There are references to an “AR-14” and machine guns, and Biden asks the construction worker if he needs a hundred rounds.

The video lasts less than 90 seconds, but it has been viewed more than 1.2 million times.

The confrontation came a day after Biden was endorsed by the anti-gun Everytown for Gun Safety and Brady gun control lobbying organizations. Everytown was launched by billionaire former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who ended his own race for president after a poor showing on Super Tuesday. He subsequently endorsed Biden over Sen. Bernie Sanders.

Those endorsements were ripped at Ammoland by Alan Gottlieb, chairman of the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms. The rights group said the endorsement by Everytown is “All gun owners need to know about the man who wants to be their next president.”

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Gun rights and the Second Amendment have become a major campaign issue as the primary season has unfolded, and it is even credited (or blamed) for helping whittle down the field of Democrat candidates to Biden, Sanders and—lurking in the background—Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii, who remains the only woman in the race.

It has not gone unnoticed that the party claiming to be all-inclusive and diverse has eliminated women, a gay man and minorities in favor of two old white men from the race via a series of Democratic primaries.

One of the key reasons gun owners turned out for Donald Trump in 2016 was their concern over the federal courts and Supreme Court. In his three years in office, the president has filled more than 180 vacancies on the federal bench, including two Supreme Court seats now held by Associate Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh.

(Note: An earlier version of this story described the worker involved in the confrontation with Biden as an “auto worker.”)

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