Friday night’s Democratic presidential debate produced a number of soundbytes that will likely be played by each candidate against their opponents leading up to the Democratic primary vote, but one remark by former Vice President Joe Biden received an enormous amount of backlash on social media.
At one point during the debate, Biden suggested that Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman — a White House NSC employee who was fired today, along with his brother, in the wake of his testimony during the House impeachment inquiry — was more deserving of a medal than conservative radio legende Rush Limbaugh, who recently announced he has late-stage lung cancer and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by the president during the State of the Union address.
“By the way, Col. Vindman was thrown out of the White House today — walked out. I think … he should be pinning a medal on Vindman and not on Rush Limbaugh,” Biden said.
Biden then had to repeatedly ask the viewing audience in the auditorium to stand up and give Vindman a round of applause. After several tries, most of the audience stood up and momentarily clapped.
“I think we should all stand and give Col. Vindman a show of how much we supported him. Stand up and clap for Vindman. Get up there!” he went on. “That’s who we are, we are not what Trump is.”
Biden, who managed to snag a dismal fourth place finish in Iowa, is also expected to do poorly in the second early-voting state of New Hampshire.
Former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, who narrowly won Iowa, along with second place finisher Sen. Bernie Sanders, are both expected to outperform their opponents during New Hampshire’s upcoming Democratic primary vote.
According to Real Clear Politics polling data, Biden still maintains a decisive lead in the national polls and he’s expected to perform well in the next round of early voting states, Nevada and South Carolina.