Conservatives on social media are freaking out over comments made by former Vice President Joe Biden, claiming he disparaged supporters of President Donald Trump as the "dregs of society."
Except Biden did not say that.
During a speech to the Human Rights Campaign over the weekend, Biden was referring to "forces of intolerance," such as the rise of white nationalism, and its support of Trump. Biden was not talking about "Trump voters."
"Despite losing in the courts, and in the court of opinion, these forces of intolerance remain determined to undermine and roll back the progress you all have made," Biden said. "This time they — not you — have an ally in the White House. This time they have an ally. They're a small percentage of the American people — virulent people, some of them the dregs of society."
Biden did, however, accuse the president of being a bully.
"And instead of using the full might of the executive branch to secure justice, dignity, safety for all," Biden added, "the president uses the White House as the literal — literal — bully pulpit, callously — callously — exerting his power over those who have little or none."
Donald Trump Jr. took Biden's remarks really personally.
We are all used to Creepy Joe saying stupid stuff but this is too far even for him. https://t.co/vNiD9TDZg6— Donald Trump Jr. (@Donald Trump Jr.) 1537141509.0
Despite what's obvious from the video, however, right-wingers on Twitter went ballistic.
Biden refers to Trump supporters as "dregs of society". This goes way beyond "deplorables". https://t.co/TrMMKHtsUk— Paul Joseph Watson (@Paul Joseph Watson) 1537119728.0
Sure they hate @realDonaldTrump, but they hate the average citizen more. And every now & then the mask drops "Biden… https://t.co/TfskCca7gJ— Tammy Bruce (@Tammy Bruce) 1537217139.0
And you thought “deplorable” was bad... Former VP Joe Biden describes Trump supporters as “dregs of society.” Go… https://t.co/ipnYim02zA— ForAmerica (@ForAmerica) 1537190551.0
No, Joe Biden, the 1.5 million Tennesseans who voted for President Trump are not the "dregs of society." You shoul… https://t.co/mU6rWtvJWE— TNGOP (@TNGOP) 1537183800.0
So did right-wing media.
Joe Biden Calls Trump Supporters The 'Dregs Of Society' https://t.co/YExYODAJl4— The Daily Wire (@The Daily Wire) 1537193496.0
#JoeBiden called #Trump voters the 'dregs of society' during an impassioned speech at LGBT charity event https://t.co/ysqEvT1a1S— RT (@RT) 1537209301.0
Ironically, the comments about Biden demonstrate a point he never intended to make.
Serious snowflake territory. Really? This is the worst you've seen on Twitter?
@PrisonPlanet Oh, we're dregs now? Well, it's easier to chant than deplorables.— Michael Ritchie (@Michael Ritchie) 1537184470.0
@PrisonPlanet When a creepy old child tit grabbing POS like Joe tells you something like this, you know you're on the right side of history.— Bastian R (Nukes) (@Bastian R (Nukes)) 1537201417.0
Not even sure what this response means - but it was pretty typical.
Sure showed him.
@PrisonPlanet @JoeBiden your the dregs of society a@@hole— Mrz Froggy (@Mrz Froggy) 1537170273.0
@PrisonPlanet It's just way beyond— I am not real (@I am not real) 1537148379.0
@PrisonPlanet Guess he doesn't their votes— Moira Peel (@Moira Peel) 1537160711.0
Biden's point was that hate and intolerance have their champion in the White House, but those voices represent a very small fraction of the country.
@PrisonPlanet that's because there are fewer of them now, so anyone who can somehow still support him even after al… https://t.co/p6F329KY1d— Bill (@Bill) 1537202771.0
Biden is considered a top contender to challenge Trump in 2020, though he has not made any formal announcements.