Joe Biden’s History of Angry Outbursts and Public Put Downs

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"Joe Biden" (CC BY-SA 2.0) by Gage Skidmore

In the previous week, President-elect raised eyebrows when he did a jumbled explanation as to what he will do if he and Vice-president elect Kamala Harris would encounter a serious disagreement. 

In an interview with CNN, he answered the question with, “I will develop some disease and say I have to resign.” Harris was seen shaking her head in bewilderment. 

These verbal stumbles were seen as something endearing by some Biden supporters. However, his severe instances of gaffes often show his ill-tempered side. 

As someone who promised the return of political decorum in his reign, Joe Biden has a history of angry outbursts, bigoted cracks, and public put-downs. Below are some of the most notorious gaffes and angry outbursts of Joe Biden during his political career. 

“Probably have a much higher IQ than you do” 2016

(Youtube) by WMUR-TV. 11 Aug 2016

A voter at New Hampshire was verbally attacked by Joe Biden decades ago. This incident derailed his first attempt to win the Presidential seat. 

The person who was the victim of the said verbal attack was an NH high school teacher, Frank Fahey. The teacher asked Joe Biden what law school did he attended. This simple question was welcomed by meltdown where Biden was seen boasting about his academic records. 

“I probably have a much higher IQ than you do, I suspect,” Biden said. He then continued and expounded more on his glittering achievement. 

However, reports later on, found that these statements were mostly nonexistent. A few months later, Joe Biden was then exposed as a serial plagiarist while he was in his college days.

Cameras captured the verbal attacks, and a few months later, he got into a string of controversies and decided to abandon his White House bid. 

“Indian accent” 2006 

(Youtube) by BlazeTV. 26 Aug 2015

In 2006, during his second presidential bid, Joe Biden’s propensity for racial insensitivity gave him a series of trouble. 

During his campaign trail, he told one voter, “In Delaware, the largest growth in population is Indian-Americans, moving from India.” With a grin, Biden added, “you cannot go to a 7-Eleven or a Dunkin’ Donuts unless you have a slight Indian accent. And I’m not joking,”  

“Articulate and Bright and Clean,” 2007 

(Youtube) default013. Jan 14, 2010

In 2007, Biden’s attempt at altruism towards Barack Obama, a fellow presidential candidate, backfired when he made a racially insensitive remark. 

“I mean, you’ve got the first sort of mainstream African American who is articulate and bright and clean.” He then continued, that’s a storybook, man.” Biden made a remark of the then-Senator Barack Obama.

This sarcastic compliment marked Joe Biden as an “out-of-touch remnant of a racially tone-deaf generation.” 

Meanwhile, Obama responded it with, “I didn’t take Sen. Biden’s comments personally. Obviously, they were historically inaccurate.”

The backhanded comment also helped boost Obama above all the other candidates. 

“You are a dull bunch,” 2016 

(Youtube) by William Wallace. 12 Jan 2017

When Biden sat as the Vice President, he made a speech at the 380th Air Expeditionary Wing in Abu Dhabi. He called American troops “stupid bastards” as he scolded them for their tepid response to a set-up applause line. 

Few minutes during the speech, Joe Biden snapped and stated, “Clap for that, you stupid bastards.” At that time, Biden also seemed to be looking for praise for his “incredibly good judgment” because of his act of nominating one of the officers to the Air Force Academy.

However, instead of applause, his pronouncement was met with crickets. 

He again made a remark saying, “man, you are a dull bunch.” 

“You Ain’t Black,” 2020 

(Youtube) by HipHollywood. 22 May 2020

A comment made by Biden in a radio interview sparked anger among African-American voters. 

The black radio host, Charlamagne Tha God, was interviewing Joe Biden on his influential “Breakfast Club” show. As the radio host was wrapping up the interview, he stated, “It’s a long way until November, we got more questions.”

Said remark was answered by Biden with an angry response and said, “You got more questions? Well, I’m telling you, if you have a problem figuring out whether you’re for me or Trump, then you ain’t black.” 

These insensitive remarks stirred immediate ire from both Democrats and Republicans. Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) said, “That is the most arrogant, condescending comment I’ve heard in a long time, and that’s saying something.”