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Biden claims he was accused of being gay in 1972 for supporting women’s rights 

Former Vice President Joe Biden claimed that he was accused of being gay in the 1970s because he advocated for women’s rights.

The Democratic front-runner for President recalled his support for women’s rights and how his position was viewed at the time as he spoke at a town hall event in New Hampshire.

He was reported by the Washington Examiner as saying: ‘An entire generation was energized. We finally finished the Voting Rights Act. We finally got the Civil Rights Act back on the road.

Former Vice President Joe Biden claimed that he was accused of being gay in the 1970s because he advocated for women’s rights

The Democratic front-runner for President recalled his support for women's rights and how his position was viewed at the time as he spoke at a town hall event in New Hampshire

The Democratic front-runner for President recalled his support for women’s rights and how his position was viewed at the time as he spoke at a town hall event in New Hampshire

‘We finally were in a position where we started to begin the women’s movement, and began to treat women — I remember because I was such a big supporter of the E.R.A. in 1972, quote — to show you how things have changed, thank God — ‘Well, you know why Biden is for the E.R.A., he’s probably gay.”

‘Not a joke,’ said Biden, who was married to his first wife Neilia in 1972, who died the same year in a car accident at the age of 30 along with the couple’s daughter Naomi who was just one. 

The Equal Rights Amendment was passed by Congress in 1972 and sent to the states for ratification. In order to be added to the Constitution, it needed approval by legislatures for 38 of the 50 states.

By 1977, the legislatures of 35 states had approved the amendment. In 1978, Congress voted to extend the original March 1979 deadline to 1982. 

Biden, who was married to his first wife Neilia in 1972, who died the same year in a car accident at the age of 30 along with the couple’s daughter Naomi, who was just one

Biden, who was married to his first wife Neilia in 1972, who died the same year in a car accident at the age of 30 along with the couple’s daughter Naomi, who was just one

However, no additional states voted yes before that date, and the ERA fell three states short of ratification.

It comes as the 76-year-old posed a shocking hypothetical question to voters at a New Hampshire Rally Friday, asking the crowd to imagine what America would be like ‘if Barrack Obama had been assassinated?’

The stark declaration came as part of a meandering soliloquy at the closing of a town hall meeting on the campus of Dartmouth College.

The Democratic front-runner made reference to the formative moments of his college years, most namely the 1968 assassinations of Robert F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr., which just two days ago the self-proclaimed ‘gaffe machine’ recalled to have happened in the late 70s.

‘My senior semester, they were both shot and killed,’ Biden recalled Friday. ‘Imagine what would have happened if, God forbid, if Barack Obama had been assassinated after becoming the de facto nominee. What would’ve happened in America?.’

Martin Luther King

Robert F. Kennedy

The Democratic front-runner made reference to the formative moments of his college years, namely the 1968 assassinations of Robert F. Kennedy, (right), and Martin Luther King Jr. (left)

Biden has long been prone to gaffes and misspeaking, another aspect of his candidacy that has come under scrutiny during his latest presidential run

Biden has long been prone to gaffes and misspeaking, another aspect of his candidacy that has come under scrutiny during his latest presidential run

Biden served as Obama’s vice president for two terms and was a U.S. senator representing Delaware for 36 years. He is seeking the Democratic nomination for president for a third time after two failed runs in 1988 and 2008 cycles.

Biden has long been prone to gaffes and misspeaking, another aspect of his candidacy that has come under scrutiny during his latest presidential run.

Biden’s two appearances Friday included several other problematic comments as he riffed to the crowd. As he talked about teachers, he referenced his wife, Jill Biden, an educator, saying that if he didn’t support teachers, “I would be sleeping alone.”

At his final event of the day as he talked about taking away some tax breaks for richer Americans, Biden said, “I find most rich people are as patriotic as poor people.” 

The bizarre outbursts come as one of many in recent weeks, raising concern among members of his campaign staff who’re said to be considering limiting his public appearances in the future to preserve his place atop the polls.

Former Vice President Joe Biden posed a shocking hypothetical question to voters at a New Hampshire Rally Friday when he asked the crowd to imagine ‘What if Barrack Obama had been assassinated?’

Former Vice President Joe Biden posed a shocking hypothetical question to voters at a New Hampshire Rally Friday when he asked the crowd to imagine ‘What if Barrack Obama had been assassinated?’

The stark comment came as part of a meandering discussion at the closing of a town hall meeting on the campus of Dartmouth College, which also featured mentions of school shootings

The stark comment came as part of a meandering discussion at the closing of a town hall meeting on the campus of Dartmouth College, which also featured mentions of school shootings

Such misstatements have included declaring that poor children are ‘just as bright’ as white children, and he even claimed to be Vice President during the Parkland school shootings in 2018, despite having left office more than a year earlier.

The 2020 favorite has even said he supports ‘truth over facts’ and incorrectly stated that two mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton earlier this month occurred in Michigan and Houston.

But in closing his Dartmouth speech Friday, Biden finished strongly. In a comparison between his own political awakening and the present day, Biden asked how many members of the audience were in high school or college.

In response to the 40-or-so raised palms scattered across the hall, Biden said: ‘Unless I’m mistaken, Donald Trump did for your generation what the loss of two of my heroes did for mine,’ he told the students. 

‘What they did was make you realize, my God, we’re in trouble.’Biden issued the parting shot and promptly left the stage to a thunderous roar.

At the later event, he resurrected his assault of the 45th US President, accusing Trump of becoming ‘more and more unhinged’ as his weeks in the Oval Office pass.

‘He’s now feeling the pressure of an economy teetering on a recession and he’s not handling it very well,’ Biden said. ‘His trade war with China is blowing up in his face. I think it’s only going to make him more erratic,’ he said.

 

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