Joe Biden Snaps Over 'Damn Liar' Question: 'Don't Compare Me to Donald Trump' - WATCH
2020 Democrat says 'He's lying! He's lying!' when asked about Iowa town hall meltdown
When asked about his aggressive response to a voter's questions at an Iowa town hall last week, former Vice President Joe Biden snapped at a reporter this weekend, this time wagging his finger and warning "don't compare me to Donald Trump!"
During a campaign event in New Hampton, Iowa last Thursday, 2020 Democrat Biden lost his temper when a voter, 83-year-old veteran Merle Gorman, asked him about his son, Hunter Biden, and his family's involvement in Ukraine.
Biden aggressively called Gorman "a damn liar" before challenging him to a "push-up contest" in front of the audience.
Video of the controversial moment when Biden appeared to blow up in a rage quickly went viral.
When asked about the incident by NPR reporter Rachel Martin this weekend, Biden appeared to lose his cool yet again, claiming that Gorman fabricated the claims about Ukraine, insisting that "he's lying! He's Lying!"
When questioned about the civility of his angry response to Gorman, Biden replied: "That's not civil? To call someone who lied a liar?"
"You acknowledge what he said wasn't even true," Biden claimed as he continued to assert that Gorman was "lying."
"None of the mainstream media believes any of that was true," he added.
Ex-VP Biden told NPR he was just "joking" with Gorman about doing push-ups and taking an IQ test.
"I was joking with him because he...came along," he claimed.
"What was he saying? He said he's entitled to do this.
"He said, 'You're too old.' He said, 'You're too old. I can't vote for somebody as old as you.'
"I said OK. And he was challenging me what kind of shape, and so I kidded. I said, 'Want to do a push-up contest?' I was joking. Look, I'm in pretty good shape."
Martin responds saying, "which is what Donald Trump says a lot: 'hey, you can't take a joke, I was joking..."
At which point Biden flips and interjects, holding his finger up at Martin saying, "Oh, no, no, no! Don't compare me to Donald Trump! Don't do that!"
When Martin tells Biden voters at the town hall were comparing him to Trump, Biden denies it before the reporter adds: "Yes, they did.
"They said to me, the woman you met at the end, 94-year-old Mary, said to me, 'I was so disappointed in him.'
"This is a direct quote: 'That is not the Joe I know. He sounded like Donald Trump in that clip'."
Biden argued that he does not "belittle" or "make fun of people" like Trump, adding: "The fact of the matter is this guy stood up, and he was in fact lying.
"And I just pointed out, 'You're a liar.' It's a fact: He lied. Period.
"And so, you know, maybe I shouldn't have kidded with him about that 'No, let's do push-ups'."
Joe Biden called a voter a "damn liar" during a heated town hall exchange this week.— NPR (@NPR) December 7, 2019
Voters say they felt his tone was off-putting — especially from a candidate who talks a lot about restoring civility.
"That's not civil?" Biden told NPR. "To call someone who lied a liar?" pic.twitter.com/QocHWQ46tO
Gorman told The New York Post on Thursday evening: "I'm positive 90% of the people there didn't know about his son working on the board in Ukraine. I wanted it brought out there."
He added that he felt compelled to question Biden about his son's activities in Ukraine as all "the others [questions] were softballs questions."
"They [other attendees at the campaign stop] might as well have been asking him what color the chandelier was in the vice president's office," Gorman told The Post.
Footage of the confrontation has now gone viral, with Gorman seen stating: "Trump has been messing around in Ukraine, he's [got] no backbone... but you, on the other hand, sent your son over there, gave him a job working with a gas company, he had no experience with gas or nothing, in order to get access for the president.
"You're selling access to the president just like he [Trump] does," Gorman concluded.
Biden was clearly enraged by the accusation, seen pacing the floor furiously before walking up to Gorman as if to confront him physically.
Joe Biden lashes out at voter in Iowa after the voter calls Biden out on Ukraine:— Steve Guest (@SteveGuest) December 5, 2019
Not only does Biden call the voter “a damn liar,” he goes on to call the voter “fat.” pic.twitter.com/34SMYcmbr7
Gorman told The Post that he believes: "The exchange speaks for itself.
"He [Biden] didn't have the guts to explain the situation, and that's what I wanted.
"He got p**ed off and stomped around… I wish he had explained in a decent tone of voice why he got his son in that position over there and in my opinion, he had no business whatsoever sticking his nose over there."
Hunter Biden took a lucrative job on a Ukrainian energy firm's board at a time when Joe Biden was the vice president overseeing a portfolio that included Ukraine.
Biden has said he never speaks to his son about his work.
Meanwhile, during the heated exchange, Gorman also told Biden, 77, that he was too old to be running for office.
"I am 83 and I know damn well I don't have the mental faculties I did when I was 30 years old," Gorman can be seen saying in the viral clip.
Biden snaps back: "You want to check my shape man, let's do push-ups together here, man. Let's run.
"Let's do whatever you want to do. Let's take an IQ test. Ok?"
But Gorman believes he was making a fair assessment of Biden's age, telling the Post: "I know for a fact my mental faculties have slipped since I hit the 70s.
"I got a friend in New Hampton who is 105 years old and he can do push-ups, so it doesn't mean anything about how smart you are."
During the exchange, Biden furiously told Gorman "You're too old to vote for me," despite the fact the pair is only six years apart in age.
Meanwhile, Biden's camp has aggressively denied the former vice president fat-shamed Gorman, after challenging him to the push-up contest.
Biden aide Symone Sanders has also pushed back on claims Biden called Gorman "fat" during their exchange.
Video of the incident suggests Biden said to Gorman at one point: "Look, fat, here's the deal."
Sanders vehemently denied that, claiming Biden said: "Look, facts, here's the deal."
Sanders wrote on Twitter: "To be clear: Any assertion VP Biden said a word about the gentleman's appearance is making this something it is not.
"In the latter part of the exchange, the VP began to say 'Look, facts' then said 'here's the deal.'
"If you've been to a Biden event, you've heard this before."
The confrontation came on a day when House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, 79, unloaded on a reporter who asked if she "hated" President Trump, 73.
She had just announced she had instructed committee chairs to begin drawing up articles of impeachment against Trump, in part based on the unfounded allegation that the president's pressured Ukraine to investigate the Bidens.
Pelosi said she "prayed" for Trump, who tweeted furiously in response that he did not believe her.