WATCH: Uncovered Video From 2016 Shows Biden Jokingly Calling U.S. Troops "Stupid B*stards"
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An unearthed video from 2016 shows former Vice President Joe Biden jokingly calling a group of U.S. troops overseas "stupid bastards" during a trip to the United Arab Emirates.
Biden, who was in his final year in office, traveled to the Middle East in March 2016 as part of an effort to shore up the Obama administration’s position in the region. During the trip Biden delivered an address to members of the 380th Air Expeditionary Wing stationed at the Al-Dhafra Air Base near Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates.
As part of the visit, Biden was introduced by 1st Lt. Karen Johnson of the 380th’s Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance Squadron. Given that Lt. Johnson was a native of Delaware and had secured her appointment to the U.S. Air Force Academy through Biden’s former Senate office, the vice president tried to use that history as a means to break the ice with the more than 1,000 service members present.
“Notwithstanding what you may hear about me, I have incredibly good judgment,” Biden said. “One, I married Jill and two, I appointed Johnson to the academy.”
“I just want you to know that, so clap for that you stupid bastards,” Biden said after the audience of troops didn't clap for him. “Man, you all are a dull bunch. It must be slow here, man.”
WATCH the clip below:
On Friday, the Biden campaign spoke out on the video, claiming that Biden was just joking.
“Vice President Biden was jokingly encouraging the audience to clap for an airwoman on the stage, and a number of service members can be seen laughing and smiling at the comment,” said Biden campaign director Andrew Bates.
“Seconds before, he praised them for ‘the incredible sacrifices [they] make for our country.’ He thanked them for their patriotism and courage throughout, and closed his remarks by saying, ‘you’re the finest generation of warriors the world has ever, ever known’ – receiving an enthusiastic ovation.”
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