2020 hopeful and self-proclaimed “gaffe machine” Joe Biden is struggling to reassure voters that he can beat Donald Trump after a lackluster performance in last week’s Iowa caucuses — and those with questions about his electability are feeling his wrath. At a campaign event Sunday, Biden called a woman who asked about his disappointing showing a “dog-faced pony soldier,” according to Fox News.
It’s just Biden’s latest bizarre episode on the campaign trail, as a video montage from the Daily Caller highlights. Biden’s odd remarks, including a strange confession last year about children rubbing his legs, have long prompted questions about his viability as a candidate — and his poor showing in Iowa is only raising further speculation.
“I got hairy legs that turn blonde in the sun. And the kids used to come up and reach into the pool and rub my leg down,” Biden confessed in a video that resurfaced last year. “So I learned about roaches, I learned about kids jumping on my lap. And I love kids jumping on my lap.”
“You ever been to a caucus?”
These incidents looked more like obvious signs of a doomed campaign after Iowa’s caucuses on Monday, which provided the first real test of Biden’s strength. The outcome, notwithstanding the technical confusion about the vote tally, was not good: Biden finished in a distant fourth, behind a 30-something mayor of a small city in Indiana, an aging socialist, and a woman who for years falsely identified as a Native American.
Reeling from Iowa, Biden said he took a “gut punch,” according to Fox, and turned to attacking mayor Pete Buttigieg and Sen. Bernie Sanders (VT), who effectively tied in the inconclusive contest. Biden has said that Sanders is too far to the left, especially on health care, and that Buttigieg doesn’t have enough government experience.
But these attacks have done little to make the elephant in the room go away: after Iowa, Biden looks to be a sinking ship. This seemed evident when Biden lashed out at a New Hampshire college student who questioned his electoral prospects Sunday, Fox reported.
“It’s a good question,” Biden said. “Number one: Iowa’s a democratic caucus. You ever been to a caucus? No, you haven’t. You’re a lying, dog-faced pony soldier. You said you were, but now you got to be honest. I’m [going to] be honest with you. It was a little bit confusing in Iowa.”
This is not the first time Biden has responded angrily to voters with challenging questions. He recently told a man with concerns about climate change to “go vote for someone else,” and last year, challenged an Iowa voter who he called “fat” to an IQ test — for asking about his son Hunter and Ukraine.
“I took a hit in Iowa”
At Friday night’s debate in New Hampshire, Biden candidly conceded that he would probably not perform well in the state’s primaries on Tuesday either, Fox reported. His campaign is hoping that the Nevada caucuses and the South Carolina primaries, where black voters play a large role, as well as Super Tuesday in March, will save him.
“I took a hit in Iowa and I’m probably going to take a hit here,” Biden said Friday.
Polls in New Hampshire have shown Biden is probably right about that: a new survey shows Biden in fifth place, according to Newsweek. And although Biden is still leading nationally, Sanders overtook him in a Quinnipiac poll, marking the first time Sanders surpassed Biden nationally.
The writing’s on the wall, and it’s been on the wall: Biden was never a serious contender.