Joe Biden has fought with yet another worker. This time, however, the candidate became aggressive and threatened violence.
The topic of gun rights has been hotly debated throughout the run-up to the 2020 Presidential elections. So far, all the leading Democratic presidential hopefuls have been assertive about their plans to introduce gun control legislation in Congress if they are elected. At a recent Q&A session at an under-construction auto plant in Detroit with former Vice President Joe Biden, currently the lead for the Democratic nomination, the candidate got pretty heated while in conversation with a worker who wanted to protect the constitution's second amendment. After backtracking on several claims he has made in the past, Biden ultimately threatened to go out and slap the worker in his face, a video posted to Reddit reveals.
WATCH: "You’re full of sh*t," @JoeBiden tells a man who accused him of "actively trying to end our Second Amendment right."— Bo Erickson CBS (@BoKnowsNews) March 10, 2020
"I support the Second Amendment," Biden adds while vising under-construction auto plant in Detroit. @CBSNews pic.twitter.com/sueOSBaY9P
The video was posted to the subreddit Our President, a thread dedicated to news about Biden's competitor, Senator Bernie Sanders. The post was uploaded by the user lrlOurPresident. They asserted, "A presidential candidate threatening physical violence against voters is unacceptable." In the clip, a worker is seen discussing gun rights with Biden, who begins pointing his finger at the worker. The worker then requests Biden to stop doing so. Referring to the candidate's fingerpointing, he states, "That is not okay, right?" To this, Biden had quite an aggressive response. He threatens, "Don't tell me that, pal, or I'm going to go out and slap you in the face." He proceeds to simply walk away from the conversation.
The Michigan auto worker who confronted Joe Biden over his stance on gun reform said this morning that Biden was unprepared for his line of questioning and "went off the deep end" during their feisty interaction https://t.co/6x1vdbi93Q pic.twitter.com/c4spitWFXL— POLITICO (@politico) March 11, 2020
Prior to this exchange, it was evident that Biden was rather worked up. In another video posted to the subreddit Public Freakout, the worker calls the Presidential candidate out for "actively trying to diminish [the workers'] second amendment rights and take away [their] guns." Biden responds, shockingly, "You're full of sh*t." Strangely enough, instead of standing his ground and reiterating his plan for gun control, Biden backtracks. He replies, "I support the second amendment... I have a shotgun, I have a 20 gauge, a 12 gauge, my sons hunt... I'm not taking your gun away at all." While he did seem to argue that the second amendment was not absolute, he couldn't quite get the right words out. Nonetheless, he fell short of protecting his stance on gun control legislation.
Joe Biden when his staff asks him to stop fighting voters pic.twitter.com/OeJfrfDXD3— Jules (@Julian_Epp) March 11, 2020
According to the candidate's website, "As president, Joe Biden will defeat the NRA again." There is, as any American citizen knows, no way to do so without encroaching on second amendment rights. Biden has promised to ban the manufacture and sale of assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, regulate the possession of existing assault weapons under the National Firearms Act, and buy back the assault weapons and high-capacity magazines already in our communities, among several other policy proposals. The National Rifle Association was quick to catch on to Biden's shoddy explanation of his policy proposals. Tweeting the video out to their followers, they warned, "Joe: Gun owners see through your lies."
lmao fox & friends interviewed the guy joe biden yelled at pic.twitter.com/WFeDHBu1SL— Bobby Lewis (@revrrlewis) March 11, 2020
At this point, it appears that Biden is unable to cater to both Democrats who want to keep homes and public spaces safe from gun owners as well as Republicans who are looking for an alternative to Trump. This center-first approach may end up harming him when it comes to the Democratic nomination. Though he successfully secured a lead on Super Tuesday, the upcoming one-on-one debate with competitor Sanders is expected to affirm who battles it out against Republican incumbent President Donald Trump come November. May the best man win.