Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden’s choice of words in discussing the problem of domestic violence couldn’t have been worse if he tried.
When asked how he would support the #MeToo movement as president, he started by discussing that he authored the original Violence Against Women Act, arguing that “no man has a right to raise a hand to a woman in anger other than in self-defense, and that rarely ever occurs.”
He said the culture needs to change and then vowed to “keep punching at it and punching it and punching at it.”
After some laughter in the audience, Biden, seemingly unaware of how awful his word choice was, said, “no, I really mean it.”
BIDEN ON FIGHTING SEXUAL VIOLENCE TOWARD WOMEN:— Benny (@bennyjohnson) November 21, 2019
“Keep punching at it, Keep punching at it” pic.twitter.com/YWh6bjpeH6
One obvious omission from the moderators was to ask Biden about his inappropriate touching, which was an issue for the former vice president at the start of his campaign.
MSNBC just asked Joe Biden what he would do with respect to the #MeToo movement— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) November 21, 2019
MSNBC did not ask him a single question about the multiple allegations that have been made against him and the numerous creepy touching incidents involving him that have been caught on camera
Joe Biden: Let me tell you all about the Me Too movement. It "cannot be tolerated."— Katie Pavlich (@KatiePavlich) November 21, 2019
Also Joe Biden: pic.twitter.com/9HIgYQHmc1