Biden Goes Off on Reporter in Bizarre Rant: 'You're Getting Nervous'


Former Vice President Joe Biden had bizarre reaction when asked by a reporter Wednesday about a days-long feud between Biden and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders.

The 2020 Democratic candidates have been going back and forth over the issue of Social Security, with Sanders accusing Biden of previously supporting cuts to the entitlement program.

Indeed, Biden did say in 1995 that he wanted to freeze all federal government spending — including spending on Medicare and Social Security, according to The Wall Street Journal.

On Monday, Zephyr Teachout, a law professor and Sanders campaign surrogate, published an Op-Ed in The Guardian that claimed Biden “has a corruption problem.”

“It looks like ‘Middle Class’ Joe has perfected the art of taking big contributions, then representing his corporate donors at the cost of middle- and working-class Americans,” she wrote.

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“When he pushed for cuts to Social Security, was he serving donors or his constituents?” Teachout added.

Sanders would later apologize for the professor’s words.

“It is absolutely not my view that Joe is corrupt in any way. And I’m sorry that that Op-Ed appeared,” Sanders told CBS News.

Biden said on Twitter he accepted that apology:

But the two candidates have continued to trade barbs over Biden’s record on Social Security reform.

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Following a campaign event in Iowa on Wednesday, CBS’ Ed O’Keefe asked Biden why he was still “attacking” Sanders after accepting his apology.

“Yesterday, you said you accepted Bernie’s apology, now you’re attacking him,” O’Keefe said. “Why are you doing that? Why wasn’t his apology enough, Mr. Vice President? Why attack Sanders?”

Biden had a somewhat bizarre reaction, as seen below:

“Why, why, why, why, why, why, why?” Biden said excitedly, motioning with his hands as he did so.

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“You’re getting nervous, man. Calm down, it’s OK,” Biden said as he momentarily laid his hands on O’Keefe.

“He apologized for saying that I was corrupt. He didn’t say anything about whether or not I was telling the truth about Social Security.”

Biden’s comments came the same day that a CNN national poll pegged Sanders as the new Democratic front-runner, with 27 percent support, compared to 24 percent for Biden.

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Joe Setyon was a deputy managing editor for The Western Journal who had spent his entire professional career in editing and reporting. He previously worked in Washington, D.C., as an assistant editor/reporter for Reason magazine.
Joe Setyon was deputy managing editor for The Western Journal with several years of copy editing and reporting experience. He graduated with a degree in communication studies from Grove City College, where he served as managing editor of the student-run newspaper. Joe previously worked as an assistant editor/reporter for Reason magazine, a libertarian publication in Washington, D.C., where he covered politics and wrote about government waste and abuse.
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