Joe Biden has never been a fan of Donald Trump, but the GOP nominee’s recent suggestion that veterans who have PTSD aren’t “strong” enough to be able to “handle” seeing the horrors of war was just too much for the vice president. In Sarasota, Florida while on the campaign trail for Hillary Clinton Monday afternoon, Biden blistered Trump over his insulting and dangerously irresponsible remarks.
The vice president quoted Trump’s words and then asked, “Where in the hell is he from?” When the crowd started to giggle, Biden quieted them. “No, no, no,” he said. “This is deadly earnest.” He then spoke of his son, who had served in Iraq, and of his own visits to Iraq and Afghanistan.
Biden related a touching story to the crowd of a captain he was awarding a silver medal to on one of his visits to the front lines. The captain had “pulled someone out of a burning Humvee, risking his life.”
“And when I went to pin it on him, in front of the entire brigade, he stood and he looked at me and he said, ‘Sir, I don’t want the medal. I don’t want the medal.’ You know why? He said, ‘He died. He died Mr. Vice President. I don’t want the medal.'”
“How many nights does that kid go to sleep, seeing that image in his head. Dealing with it,” shouted Biden, visibly seething with rage.
After laying out the numbers of dead and wounded soldiers, in addition to those who come home with the invisible wounds of war, Biden said that he didn’t think Trump’s comments came from a place of malice, rather, he’s just that much of a f*cking moron.
“I don’t think he was trying to be mean,” the vice president said. “He is just so thoroughly, completely uninformed.”
According to Biden, we “have a lot of obligations, but we only have one sacred obligation: To care for those we send to war and to care for them and their families when they come home.”
Watch Joe Biden deliver his powerful message, here:
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