Look, what “facts” are you going to think, the ones that you hear with your own ears or from Joe Biden‘s spin area?
Biden and the Democratic presidential contender’s spokeswoman are denying — strongly — that he predicted a retired Iowa farmer “fat” in a campaign event Thursday.
Biden’s team asserts he explained “facts” not “fat” during the confrontation in New Hampton.
Biden’s contested moot came as he angrily denied an allegation by the man, who stated without evidence, that he’d gotten his son Hunter Biden a position in a Ukraine gas firm while serving as vice president under President Barack Obama.
Biden called the guy, later identified as 83-year old Merle Gorman, “a damn liar” for that claim.
And he contested Gorman to perform push-ups or go running with him later indicating that the farmer headed a “sedentary” lifestyle compared to Biden himself.
“But look, fat, look. Here’s the deal,” Biden stated to Gorman.
Former VP Joe Biden reacts to the allegation by calling the guy a “damn liar” following the guy accuses him of sending his son to Ukraine to work for Burisma.
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The Democratic front-runner, who had challenged the man to a push-up competition, paused after saying that, as though he realized he’d gone too far by remarking on Gorman’s girth.
A number of kids in the crowd seemed stunned and then laughed when they heard the “fat” crack.
Biden’s campaign immediately reacted to the incident after Twitter users gleefully noted Biden’s use of the word fat, the candidate’s spokeswoman posting a tweet of her own that contested that claim, asserting that Biden stated “Look, facts.”
Campaign spokeswoman Symone Sanders wrote Thursday: “To be clear: Any assertion VP Biden said a word about the gentleman’s appearance is making this something it is not. In the latter part of the exchange, the VP began to say ‘Look, facts’ then said ‘here’s the deal.’ If you’ve been to a Biden event, you’ve heard this before.”
Sanders also tweeted the guy was “flat-out wrong” together with his claim about Hunter Biden, and was a supporter of the Democratic presidential candidacy of Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts.
Biden himself afterwards denied using the word about Gorman.
“No, I didn’t,” Biden replied when asked by a reporter if he had said “fat.”
Those claims aside, it was obvious to CNBC’s reporters and editors who Biden said fat.
The New York Times, in its story about the confrontation, reported using a hedge: “At another point, he appeared to say, “Look, fat, look, here is the deal.”
Politico’s report hedged in two unique ways on the “fat” comment, indicating that Biden had appeared to say it, but would not have meant to say it if he really did say it.
“At one stage, Biden seemed to call the guy’fat’ by mistake,” Politico reported.
Presidential candidate, former Vice President Joe Biden addresses supporters during his election campaign. The US prudential election is set to take place in November 2020.
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The Biden effort’s concern that voters might respond negatively to such a comment isn’t ill-founded.
Iowa, as well as being home to a crucial early caucus from the presidential nomination cycle, has among the greatest rates of obesity of any state in the country.
More than 35 percentage of Corn State residents are obese, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Only six states had higher obesity rates.
Here is a sampler of some of Twitter response to Biden’s foot-in-mouth moment.