Former Vice President Joe Biden, somehow still considered a top contender for the Democratic nomination, has long been known for his typically harmless, yet embarassing gaffes. However, throughout his campaign, those missteps have increased both in frequency and are often of an insulting, rather than humorous, nature.
The latest example of such came on Sunday when Biden called a young female attendee at a campaign event in New Hampshire a “lying, dog-faced, pony soldier,” and now that young woman is speaking out about how humiliated she felt about being singled out with those remarks from Biden, the New York Post reported.
“Lying, dog-faced, pony soldier”
The young woman, identified as 21-year-old college student Madison Moore, had asked Biden how he could still be considered a viable candidate nationally given his poor performance in the Iowa caucuses just days earlier.
“Iowa’s a caucus. Have you ever been to a caucus?” Biden replied dismissively, and after Moore had nodded in the affirmative, Biden shot back, “No, you haven’t. You’re a lying, dog-faced, pony soldier.” He then moved on and never actually answered Moore’s question, even as he later acknowledged that it had been “honest” and legitimate.
After a New Hampshire voter asks @JoeBiden why they should trust he can turn his campaign around, he asks if she’s ever been to a caucus before; when she says yes, Biden snaps: “No you haven’t. You’re a lying dog-faced pony soldier.” pic.twitter.com/3uxOAu0Ues
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) February 9, 2020
“Kind of humiliating”
In an interview on Monday with The Macon Telegraph, however, Moore — an economics student at Mercer University who had attended the event with other students and a professor as part of a school-sponsored trip — revealed that she had found Biden’s response to her question to be “humiliating” and “insulting” and simply an effort to avoid answering her reasonable query.
“It was kind of humiliating to be called a liar on national TV by the former vice president,” she explained.
“Instead of answering that question straightforward, his immediate response was to attempt to invalidate me by exposing my inexperience,” Moore added.
She admitted that she hadn’t actually attended a caucus before and said she’d nodded “yes” to Biden’s counter-question out of nervousness as well as the belief that it was irrelevant whether she’d ever participated in a caucus or not in the past.
“He has been performing extremely poorly in this race and the fact that he couldn’t just straight answer my question without bullying or intimidating just exacerbates that fact,” Moore said. “I am a 21-year old college student, like, what the hell do I know? Who cares who I am or my experience. Just answer the damn question.”
Biden’s muddled reference
Both the Telegraph and the Post noted that Biden has used the “lying, dog-faced, pony soldier” line previously, which the former vice president has attributed to an old John Wayne movie.
However, the Post explained that Biden is likely conflating the line from several different movies, as the phrases “dog-faced soldiers” and “pony soldiers” were uttered by Wayne in different films in 1949 and 1953, and that it could also have been confused with a 1952 western film starring Tyrone Power titled Pony Soldier.
This is also not the first time that Biden has called a potential voter a “liar” or been otherwise demeaning toward one. Regardless, the comment never should have been uttered and he should be made to answer for it just as any Republican would be.