Biden delivered a speech on Wednesday in a commencement address at the US Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut.
Seeing the crowds’ lack of enthusiasm from the coast guard cadets he got irritated and asked them to clap.
He was just trying to crack a joke but unfortunately, he got peeved at the lack of response from the crowd.
“You are a really dull class. Come on, man! Is the sun getting to you?” Biden said with the sun beating down on his face.
“I would think you’d have an opportunity when I say that about the Navy to clap — but to be here together …” he said.
Biden appears peeved at the lack of applause from Navy cadets.
“You are a really dull class. Come on, man. Is the sun getting to you? I would think you’d have an opportunity when I say that about the Navy to clap — to be here together …” pic.twitter.com/OFuXYiL4s5
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) May 19, 2021
This was actually not the first time that Joe Biden has snapped at our men in uniform.
It was in 2016 when Biden called US troops “stupid bastards” to their faces during a speech.
He said “I just want you to know that. Clap for that, you stupid bastards.” After the applause, Biden said to the audience “Man, you are a dull bunch. Must be slow here, man. I don’t know.”
Seconds before asking the audience to clap, Biden recognized and expressed admiration for their sacrifice saying, “Folks back home can’t see you,” and adding that they “don’t understand, they appreciate, but they don’t fully understand the incredible sacrifices you make for our country.”
Throughout his speech, Biden thanked them for their service and described them as “part of the greatest generation of warriors the world has ever seen.”
Andrew Bates, a spokesperson for the Joe Biden campaign, told Reuters via email that “Vice President Biden was jokingly encouraging the audience to clap for an airwoman on the stage, and several service members can be seen laughing and smiling at the comment.”
Some comments on the posts before were:
“pretty darn sad, especially, when these are the men and women who protect his butt, which he doesn’t deserve. What a disgrace”
And “Wow not only is he insulting the very men and women who keep us safe (…) but he in effect also insulted his own son who himself was a service member.”