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. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) September 16, 2018
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". pic.twitter.com/TrMMKHtsUk
— Paul Joseph Watson (@PrisonPlanet) September 16, 2018
Sure they hate @realDonaldTrump, but they hate the average citizen more. And every now & then the mask drops "Biden ‘Downgrades’ Trump-Supporting ‘Deplorables’ to ‘Dregs of Society’" https://t.co/d0a8PXDNwZ via @NYJooo
— Tammy Bruce (@HeyTammyBruce) September 17, 2018
And you thought “deplorable” was bad…
Former VP Joe Biden describes Trump supporters as “dregs of society.” Go away, Creepy Joe! pic.twitter.com/3Cd8Wjf1SN
— ForAmerica (@ForAmerica) September 17, 2018
No, Joe Biden, the 1.5 million Tennesseans who voted for President Trump are not the "dregs of society."
You should be ashamed https://t.co/iwZrqy0tGE
— TNGOP (@TNGOP) September 17, 2018
So did right-wing media.
Joe Biden Calls Trump Supporters The 'Dregs Of Society' https://t.co/YExYODAJl4
— The Daily Wire (@realDailyWire) September 17, 2018
— RT (@RT_com) September 17, 2018
Ironically, the comments about Biden demonstrate a point he never intended to make.