By Brian Flood | Fox News
Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden lashed out at a man on Thursday during an Iowa town hall, challenging him to an IQ test and calling him a liar. But many observers think the former vice president may have also mocked the man’s weight.
At one point during the heated confrontation that occurred when a voter asked about Hunter Biden’s payments from a Ukrainian gas company, Joe Biden appeared to begin calling the man “fat” before catching himself.
When Biden said the word in question, a group of schoolchildren off-camera gasped, thinking the former VP did, indeed, call the man “fat”.
“Look, fat, look, here’s the deal,” Biden appears to have said near the end of the exchange, prompting the voter to tell Biden he lacks a backbone.
His campaign claims he said he didn’t say “fat,” just “facts.”
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During the fiery altercation, Biden unequivocally referred to the voter as “Jack” and a “damn liar” and challenged him to a pushup contest.
A spokesperson for the Biden campaign directed Fox News to advisor Symone Sanders’ tweet when asked for clarity.
“To be clear: Any assertion VP Biden said a word about the gentleman’s appearance is making this something it is not,” Sanders said. “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.”
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.3572:09 PM – Dec 5, 2019
Social media pundits, however, quickly ditched the nuance and decided that Biden called the man “fat,” and took to Twitter to express their opinions.
A presidential candidate began a sentence with “look, fat” while talking to a potential voter. If you guys can’t appreciate how incredibly hilarious that is, I don’t know what to do with you. Biden is a legend. For the wrong reasons but still.
1,3462:17 PM – Dec 5, 2019
Joe Biden EXPLODED in anger at a retired farmer who asked about his son’s payouts from a Ukrainian gas company.
“You’re a damn liar,” Biden said before challenging him to “an IQ test.”
Biden also called the man “jack” and “fat” and “too old.”
Biden never answered the question. pic.twitter.com/zPTcnghfTB8,4741:20 PM – Dec 5, 2019
In just one event, Joe Biden:
Called a voter “fat” and “jack.”
Said he was Vice President in 1976.
Told voters in Iowa that they were all in Ohio. pic.twitter.com/kHt9DpfLZi2,8632:04 PM – Dec 5, 2019
Iowa voter says Joe Biden sent his son to Ukraine to work a job he didn’t have the experience for.
Joe Biden snaps, calls him a “damn liar,” challenges him to a push-up contest, and then calls him fat.
This is the Democrats’ top candidate for president. pic.twitter.com/Wi1mI1ZtBL2,4571:25 PM – Dec 5, 2019 · Arlington, VA
Joe Biden challenges a man to take an IQ test for questioning him. “Look, fat…” pic.twitter.com/BQmqEXj1Zh3171:36 PM – Dec 5, 2019
“Look, fat.” – Joe Biden on Iowa https://twitter.com/MollyNagle3/status/1202648690302869505 …Molly Nagle✔@MollyNagle3WATCH: A tense exchange with a voter at @JoeBiden’s event in New Hampton, IA this morning, where a voter started out by telling Biden he had two problems with him: he was too old, and his son’s work in Ukraine pic.twitter.com/ok7m0ShFPd3351:22 PM – Dec 5, 2019
A voter asks a legitimate question about his son on the board of Burisma and Biden can’t answer it
Instead he fat shames the voter, touts his I.Q., and challenges the voter to a push up contestpic.twitter.com/OcRTgF31288621:56 PM – Dec 5, 2019
Democrat voter asks Biden about his son getting corrupt million$ from a Ukrainian gas company while Biden was VP.
– Yell at voter
– Insult his intelligence
– Call man “jack!”
– mumble incoherently
– challenge the man to push-up competition
– Call the man “fat” pic.twitter.com/Qk8Njjccos9941:46 PM – Dec 5, 2019
This is a lie. It’s on video. Biden said “fat” not “facts” https://twitter.com/SymoneDSanders/status/1202666372779646977 … pic.twitter.com/8vcMRQVBFvSymone D. Sanders✔@SymoneDSandersReplying to @SymoneDSandersTo 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.8952:18 PM – Dec 5, 2019
Live look at @SymoneDSanders of Joe Biden’s campaign try to spin Biden calling an Iowa voter “a damn liar,” while challenging the voter to a push up contest or an “IQ test,” and calling the voter him “jack,” “fat,” and “too old.”582:23 PM – Dec 5, 2019
Tell me if I’m mishearing but Biden at 1:57 calls this man fat “Look fat…” because he dared to challenge him on Hunter. He also challenges him to a push up contest and warns him about being “sedentary.” So wrong. This man deserves an answer and apology. https://twitter.com/mollynagle3/status/1202648690302869505 …Molly Nagle✔@MollyNagle3WATCH: A tense exchange with a voter at @JoeBiden’s event in New Hampton, IA this morning, where a voter started out by telling Biden he had two problems with him: he was too old, and his son’s work in Ukraine pic.twitter.com/ok7m0ShFPd2,3842:17 PM – Dec 5, 2019
Joe Biden wasn’t even calling the farmer “fat” as an adjective.
He was calling him “fat” as a noun! Like it was his name!
Good luck @AndrewBatesNC. https://twitter.com/AZachParkinson/status/1202655505082130433 …Zach Parkinson✔@AZachParkinson”Look, fat, look” https://twitter.com/peterjhasson/status/1202651753965146118 … pic.twitter.com/aTdeB24MLi371:29 PM – Dec 5, 2019
“Look, fat” was a little on the nose.1251:13 PM – Dec 5, 2019
The encounter began when the audience member described the former vice president’s age and his son Hunter as his chief concerns with the presidential candidate.
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“I’m not a Republican,” the man said. “I’ve got two problems with you. One is you’re damn near as old as I am. You’re too old. I’m 83 and I know damn well I don’t have the mental faculties I did [inaudible].”
Biden is 77.
The man in the audience went on to the topic of Ukraine — specifically, the lucrative job Biden’s son Hunter held with natural gas firm Burisma Holdings during the Obama administration. Impeachment proceedings in Washington are focusing on Trump’s effort to pressure Kiev to look into the elder Biden’s role removing a prosecutor who had been looking into the firm.
“But on the other hand, you sent your son over there to get a job and work for a gas company where he had no experience. … In order to get access for the president … You’re selling access to the president just like he was,” the man said.
Biden fired back: “You’re a damn liar, man. That’s not true and no one has ever said that.”
Someone appeared to attempt to take the microphone away from the man in the audience, but Biden stopped them, saying, “Let him go.”
Biden then challenged the man to a pushup contest and the exchange escalated until the controversial comment that critics on Twitter felt was a jab at the man’s weight.
Fox News’ Brooke Singman and Allie Raffa contributed to this report. Brian Flood covers the media for Fox News.