Former VP Joe Biden lost it at a campaign rally in Iowa when an audience member pressed him with a question about his son’s involvement with Ukraine. A visibly angry Biden laid into the questioner calling him a liar.
During the exchange, which has made national headlines, and exploded over the internet, Marine Corps veteran Merle Gorman, told Biden, “You sent your son over there to get a job and work for a gas company where he had no experience. … In order to get access for the president … you’re selling access to the president just like he was.”
Biden fired back, “You’re a damn liar, man. That’s not true and no one has ever said that.”
At another point, Gorman started to suggest that Biden should “drop out of the race” and support another candidate — before he was cut off by a heckler, according to a video posted by the Washington Examiner.
“Why don’t you just get out of here?” the unidentified heckler said, leaning in to speak into Gorman’s ear as Gorman sat in a chair surrounded by reporters. But Gorman didn’t seem amused by the heckler.
“Stick it up your ass, fella,” Gorman said as the heckler walked away.
“Come here,” Gorman continued.
When the heckler came back over to him, Gorman asked if he wanted him thrown out. The man replied that he didn’t want to be sued if he could remove Gorman.
After a short discussion, Gorman closed the back-and-forth by telling the man that the United States is “a free country.”
“I can say what I want,” he said, smiling.
According to the Post, Gorman told reporters he is a supporter of all the Democrats in the primary field except for Biden and is not a fan of President Trump.
Since the incident has gone viral, the 83-year-old veteran has said, “I’m not trying to cause him [Biden] any problems. I’m just trying to bring out all of this bullshit, that he’s been telling here today is all softball stuff. He doesn’t wanna answer the hard stuff.”
Gorman added that he didn’t intend to torpedo anyone’s campaign, but that voters should “know what kind of fellow they’re electing.”
“I love the country, I want good people in there and not the kind of crap we got now,” he said.