Former president Joe Biden may be selling himself as the morally just candidate best positioned to restore dignity to the office of president, but that apparently doesn’t mean he’s not a big fan of low-brow political pot shots.
The 76-year-old career politician has repeatedly praised folks on the campaign trail for donning their anti-Trump regalia, and a recent stop in Iowa was no exception.
Biden found a hat he liked yesterday in Iowa: “Make America Trump Free Again” pic.twitter.com/zWCKaZnqmB
— Bo Erickson (@BoKnowsNews) September 4, 2019
“Biden found a hat he liked yesterday in Iowa: ‘Make America Trump Free Again,’” Bo Erickson, CBS News’ Biden correspondent, posted to Twitter with a video on Wednesday.
The 18-second clip shows Biden fawning over the blue hat like a giddy grandpa, reading its message out loud for the small crowd of his supporters.
“Make America Trump Free Again, look at that hat! I like that hat!” Biden exclaimed with hearty laugh.
“See that one, Make America Trump Free Again,” he repeated to the crowd, which responded with claps and hollers. “Alright!”
The campaign stop comes just weeks after Biden alleged Trump “isn’t up to the moment” and “lacks the moral authority to lead.”
He alleged Trump “has more in common with George Wallace than George Washington.”
Biden also alleged Trump “encourages and emboldens” racists and white supremacists, and blamed him for inspiring mass shootings in Texas and Pennsylvania, according to CBS News.
Meanwhile, he’s commending his fans who hate the president and aren’t afraid to show it.
In Spartanburg, South Carolina late last month, Biden took time from his stammering speech about the president to single out a woman who came to a town hall with her dog and “Dogs Against Trump” sign.
“By the way, my dogs too, they don’t like him either,” Biden said.
Biden’s hypocritical habit of attacking Trump for incivility has already forced him to apologize at least once before he even entered the 2020 race.
Last year, Biden said at the anti-sexual assault event It’s On Us that he would rather punch the daylights out of Trump than debate him in public.
“They asked me if I’d like to debate this gentleman, and I said no,” Biden said, according to the Daily Beast. “I said, ‘If I were in high school, I’d take him behind the gym and beat the hell out of him.’”
Days later, Biden backtracked.
“I shouldn’t have said what I said. I shouldn’t have brought it up again because I don’t want to get in the mosh pit with this guy,” he told Pod Save America.
Biden’s nonstop allegations of Trump’s supposed support for racists is also complicated by the fact that the president has repeatedly, publicly denounced white supremacists and racists, while Biden has repeatedly, publicly touted his good working relationship with segregationists during his time in the Senate.
Literally less than a day after apologizing last week for praising segregationists in multiple speeches, Biden was back at it in Spartanburg, where he professed his great admiration for Fritz Hollings, a South Carolina Democrat who was elected governor on his opposition to integration, the Daily Caller reports.
“Folks, you know, I spent an awful lot of time in South Carolina because of my good friend,” Biden said, “and he was my great, great friend and helped me a great deal through some very difficult times, Fritz Hollings and PT Hollings, and I miss him.”
Hollings later changed his position to oppose segregation, according to Roll Call.