A Republican congressman from Pennsylvania is demanding that Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden apologize for calling supporters of President Donald Trump “chumps” on Saturday while campaigning in Pennsylvania.
The incident happened while Biden was in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, a suburb outside the Philadelphia area to deliver a speech to a small gathering of supporters on Saturday.
“Those chumps” over there
Near Biden’s event was a group of Trump supporters waving flags and cheering for the president and making noise that could be overheard by Biden and his supporters.
“I’m running as a proud Democrat, but I will govern as an American president, for everybody,” Biden said, according to Breitbart, repeating one of his campaign’s recent taglines.
“I’ll work as hard for those who don’t support me as those who do, including those chumps with the microphone out there,” he added as he pointed angrily in the group’s direction. “That’s the job of a president, the duty to care for everyone, the duty to heal.”
WATCH: Joe Biden insults Pennsylvanians who don’t support him, calls them “chumps” pic.twitter.com/QvHgk7nppH
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As it turned out, Biden actually used the insult twice in the same speech.
Later in his speech, in response to noise from car horns, he said, “And by the way, we don’t do things like those chumps out there with the microphone are doing, the Trump guys,” Biden said later in his speech, in response to noise from car horns.
WATCH: Joe Biden calls Trump supporters in Pennsylvania “chumps” pic.twitter.com/uIEX7wEUPG
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From “deplorables” to “chumps”
Biden’s jibe prompted an immediate response from Rep. Mike Kelly (R-PA). He took to Twitter to admonish the former vice president for his denigration of political opponents, which he likened to failed 2016 Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton’s infamous “basket of deplorables” comment to describe her rival’s supporters.
“Joe Biden should apologize for insulting millions of Pennsylvanians who support @POTUS @realDonaldTrump. I’m proud to be one of those ‘chumps’ (deplorables?) who will choose to Make America Great Again over the Biden/Harris socialist agenda,” Kelly tweeted.
Insulting half the population of a crucial swing state is never a good idea, particularly one where Biden was already struggling to repair the damage after admitting that he plans to “transition” away from the oil and gas industry, which is a big part of the state’s economy. With his “chumps” remarks, Biden may well have just sealed the deal for Trump to win Pennsylvania again.