5 Joe Biden Quotes About Donald Trump To Get You Pumped For A Potential 2020 Face-Off
Between positive updates in the fight against the Dakota Access Pipeline and a surprise remark from Vice President Joe Biden, it seems like the end of 2016 might finally be letting up a bit and giving us a few days of good news. On Dec. 5, the vice president teased Obama Administration groupies about a potential 2020 presidential bid, making fans of Uncle Joe everywhere freak out. Given who he'd be potentially running against, these five Joe Biden quotes about Donald Trump will help you get pumped for a possible 2020 face-off.
Beyond his many Trump-themed statements, Biden is known for his gaffes, many of which include expletives. Perhaps his most famous accidental curse while on microphone was in 2010, when he congratulated his BFF Barack Obama on signing the health care reform bill by announcing that it was "a big f*cking deal." He wasn't wrong, but this hilarious gaffe was just one in a long line of accidentally rude or improper statements that would disqualify anyone else, but somehow work for our outgoing vice president.
Now that he might just run against the new president, Biden's documented history of talking smack about Trump will certainly get us pumped for what could just be the most expletive-laden face-off in American history.
1. Blasting The President-Elect For His Messaging
In September 2015, when Trump was still an impossible wild-card of a candidate, Vice President Biden spoke to a group of Latinos emoduring Hispanic Heritage Month and tried to assure them that the American people are "with them" and against Trump's xenophobic rhetoric. Not only is this quote one of Biden's first public remarks about Trump as a candidate — it also is tragic and ironic to read in hindsight:
There's one guy absolutely denigrating an entire group of people, appealing to the baser side of human nature, working on this notion of xenophobia in a way that hasn't occurred in a long time.
2. Taking On Trump's Cluelessness
When addressing the Democratic National Convention in July, Biden warned delegates and crowds at home by illustrating just how inept Trump is to represent any Americans who aren't mega-rich:
This guy doesn't have a clue about the middle class. Not a clue ... He has no clue about what makes America great. Actually he has no clue. Period.
3. Criticizing Trump's Admiration Of These Rulers
In a biting stump speech for Hillary Clinton in his hometown of Scranton, Biden remarked about Trump's admiration of rulers like Vladimir Putin, and hypothesized about another one he reckons The Donald would be into:
He's even showered praise on Saddam Hussein, one of the vilest dictators of the 20th century, a man who repeatedly backed terrorist attacks against Israel because he was supposedly, the reason he admires him is because he's a "killer of terrorists" -- that's why he likes Saddam. He would have loved Stalin. He would have loved Stalin.
4. Getting Angry About Trump's PTSD Comments
When addressing a Clinton campaign crowd in Florida a bit more than a month before the ill-fated election, Biden got emotional when talking about Trump's comments about some veterans being "strong" and others not being able to "handle it" in regards to wartime PTSD. Though the quote doesn't explicitly mention Trump, the passion with which it's delivered in reference to the president-elect makes it one of the most moving sound bites of Biden's career.
We have one sacred obligation — to care for those we send to war. And to care for them and their families when they come home. We have obligations to the elderly and the poor and ... that's the only sacred, sacred obligation we have.
5. Wishing He Could Take The Donald Behind The Gym
By the end of the election cycle, Biden was through playing games, and his feelings towards Trump became even more well-known when he played on Trump's infamous "grab her by the p*ssy" comments by saying where he wished he could take Trump — a sound bite that made it's way around the Internet swiftly.
The press always asks me: Don't I wish I were debating him? No, I wish we were in high school — I could take him behind the gym. That's what I wish.
A few days later, Biden addressed the comments again by poking fun at himself and his propensity for "getting himself in trouble" with his off-the-cuff remarks:
I'm not gonna say anymore, I'll get myself in trouble and say something like, I'd like to take himself behind the gym if I were in high school.
There's no telling if Uncle Joe will actually run in 2020, or even what political climate we'll be in then, but the thought of such a hilarious, candid, and outspoken politician running against our incoming commander-in-chief has surely brought a bit of light to the gloom of 2016.