Former Vice President Joe Biden did not hold back his contempt for President Donald Trump during a Tuesday night rally at the University of Miami.
“A guy who ended up becoming our national leader said, ‘I can grab a woman anywhere and she likes it.’ ... They asked me if I’d like to debate this gentleman, and I said no,” Biden told the crowd of college students. “I said, ‘If we were in high school, I’d take him behind the gym and beat the hell out of him.’”
It’s an odd sentiment to respond to violence against women with more violence, but Biden’s comments were met with applause and laughter. The rally was held in partnership with his anti-sexual violence organization, It’s On Us. Biden, who launched It’s On Us with President Barack Obama in 2014, has long advocated for women’s rights, including drafting the Violence Against Women Act of 1994.
Later in his speech, Biden bizarrely suggested that men who treat women poorly or boast about committing sexual assault are likely to be physically unattractive.
“I’ve been in a lot of locker rooms my whole life,” he continued. “I’m a pretty damn good athlete. Any guy that talked that way was usually the fattest, ugliest SOB in the room.”
In reality, of course, men who treat women poorly come in all shapes and sizes.
Biden has been widely criticized for how he handled professor Anita Hill’s accusations of sexual harassment against Clarence Thomas during the latter’s 1991 Supreme Court confirmation hearings. Many people believe that Biden, then chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, didn’t do enough to ensure those allegations were given full consideration. More recently, he has been criticized for his borderline creepy behavior toward some women.