Former Vice President Joe Biden, the front-runner in the 2020 presidential election, has got jokes, though whether his jokes are actually funny is for the public to decide.
As Biden tried to speak at a campaign event in Iowa this Saturday, a man interrupted him to ask a bizarre question.
“My wife recently left me,” the then-unidentified man said. “She’s divorcing me. What can I do to get her back? What advice would you give someone like me to get her back?”
“I’ll talk to you afterwards, OK? I’m happy to. I promise I’ll talk to you afterwards,” Biden promptly replied.
Unsatisfied with the former VP’s reply, the man continued pestering him, saying, “Could we just get this out right now?”
But even after a visibly agitated Biden offered an emphatic “no,” the man continued talking about his wife, prompting the former VP to drop the zinger heard below:
“I’m beginning to see why your wife left you,” he jokingly said, to which the audience members (sans the unidentified man) responded to by bursting into laughter and applause. “Come on, man!”
“Sir, I promise you I’ll spend time with you afterwards,” he added as audience members began shouting for the man to sit down.
After the clip went viral, inspiring both cheers and anger at the former VP, the man was identified as Jason Selvig, a prankster and comedian part of the comedy duo The Good Liars.
“The duo interrupted an Andrew Yang campaign event a day earlier, asking for money out of the candidate’s wallet and asked if he was a robot,” the Washington Examiner confirmed. “After the Biden event, they showed up at an Elizabeth Warren event, where one of the men proposed to the candidate.”
The “stunt comedy” duo @TheGoodLiars just interrupted an Andrew Yang event. First guy asked Yang for his UBI payout right now, pls, “can you just give me what you have in your wallet?”
Second guy wondered if Andrew Yang is a robot. pic.twitter.com/sbX3AtgnBO
— Alex Seitz-Wald (@aseitzwald) January 31, 2020
— Beatriz Navarro (@beanavarro) February 1, 2020
Some of the public seemed to respond to Biden’s zinger with praise, even in cases where the people praising the former VP weren’t fans of him to begin with.
“This actually makes me like Biden a little more,” one Biden critic whose Twitter feed doesn’t appear to look like the feed of a liberal, wrote.
“I actually have to give Biden a thumbs up on this,” another added.
This actually makes me like Biden a little more.
— The Stolid Bovine (@StolidThe) February 1, 2020
I actually have to give Biden a thumbs up on this.
— Gregory Ingle (@GregoryIngle) February 1, 2020
This is the most I’ve liked Joe since he started running.
— D Lo (@derekmke) February 1, 2020
This is the best Biden, the one that appeals to large swaths of the electorate.
— Joe Treutlein (@Hoopdata) February 1, 2020
This is the first thing I’ve enjoyed about Biden in quite some time.
— Follow the Facts (@FactMcps) February 1, 2020
I mean, that’s actually a pretty good comeback. Why should he have to be seriously answering such an asinine question?
— Ñew Jack City ? (@AggieJack4) February 1, 2020
I’m not always a fan of the way Uncle Joe talks smack to people at his events, but this answer was perfection!
— ??Ouakam4Pete?? (@ouakam4) February 1, 2020
But the problem, as noted by the latter Twitter user, is that Biden “talks smack to people at his events” habitually, not just here and there.
So while his joke appeared to please some, to others it came off as another example of him behaving like an “egomaniac bully.”
Keep in mind this occurred only four days after Biden stuck his finger in another rally-goer’s face and told him to “go vote for somebody else” after the rally-goer dared to confront him about his proposed climate change policies.
When you couple this with the numerous other examples of the former VP losing his cool with event attendees, it becomes more clear why so many people genuinely believe he’s a “bad dude,” as he himself would put it.
Joe Biden continuing to show he is just another egomaniac bully. Please cover #AndrewYang more, so people can see there is a respectable option for us of integrity and unity.
— Lisa ?? (@LisaSin62622281) February 1, 2020
You can tell that Biden is a bully and a thug who has gotten his way for far too long because of corruption and leftist political contacts. Those days are over. We are witnessing the decline and fall of a political crook.
— Jon Murphy (@Commodog11) February 2, 2020
And they call Trump arrogant and rude
— sheila Super (@sheilaSuper2) February 1, 2020
He gets nastier and nastier
— Downtown Fairy (@Downtownfairy) February 1, 2020
So let me get this straight.. Trump insults the MSM, Hollywood elitists, & Dems in DC but everyone calls him a bully. Biden insults none of them but instead insults the average American & people applaud? Can you say hypocrisy?
— Marie Ann (@MarieAnn1111) February 2, 2020
He shows as much respect for this voter as he does for America itself. All he has ever done is rip this country off. Cannot wait for the investigation into all of his families dirty dealings.
— Charles (@Charles93644862) February 1, 2020
Incidentally, video compilations of Biden habitually acting in a mean, bullying way have emerged this week, and they certainly don’t portray him in a positive light.
Here’s one especially disturbing compilation below:
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