Joe Biden took a page out of his 2016 playbook on Tuesday, telling a college crowd that he would have physically pummeled anyone in high school who had a similar disrespect for women.
‘A guy who ended up becoming our national leader said, “I can grab a woman anywhere and she likes it”,’ Biden marveled during an anti-sexual-assault rally at the University of Miami.
‘They asked me if I’d like to debate this gentleman, and I said, “No.” I said, “If we were in high school, I’d take him behind the gym and beat the hell out of him”,’
‘I’ve been in a lot of locker rooms my whole life,’ Biden added. ‘I’m a pretty damn good athlete. Any guy that talked that way was usually the fattest, ugliest S.O.B. in the room.’
Joe Biden picked up where he left off in 2016 on Tuesday, taunting Donald Trump over his ‘grab them by the p***y’ boast – and saying he would have beat him to a pulp in high school
Trump’s presidential campaign was nearly derailed after his decade-old ‘Access Hollywood’ hot-mic audio surfaced – but he’s president now and already attracting potential 2020 challengers
The former vice president, 75, is seeing his stock rise among Democrats as the party casts about for the right standard-bearer to challenge the president in 2020.
And he’s flexed his muscles from 60 years ago in Trump’s direction before.
His earlier taunt came shortly after the now infamous decade-old audio from ‘Access Hollywood’ emerged in the late stages of the 2016 campaign – showing Trump boasting that famous men can grab women ‘by the p***y’ with impunity.’
‘The press always asks me, “Don’t I wish I were debating him?”‘ he told a Hillary Clinton rally crowd in Pennsylvania in late October that year.
‘No, I wish we were in high school. I could take him behind the gym. That’s what I wish.’
Biden is 75 years old but could be gearing up for one last attempt to win the White House outright after eight years of standing in Barack Obama’s shadow
Biden also said of Trump that ‘what he said he did, and does, is a textbook definition of sexual assault.’
‘It’s more than that. He said, “Because I’m famous, because I’m a star, because I’m a billionaire, I can do things other people can’t.” What a disgusting assertion for anyone to make.’
Three days later in Ohio, he piled on.
‘All kidding aside, wouldn’t you?’ Biden asked Clinton’s audience.
‘I mean, for real. Can you imagine a guy in the locker room talking that way? And your sister’s out there watching the game! Not a joke.’
Trump told ‘Access Hollywood’ host Billy Bush (right) in 2005 that famous, powerful men can sexually abuse attractive women and get away with it
The next day in Florida, Trump cast Biden as the bully and himself as an adolescent who’s been stuffed into a locker one too many times.
‘Did you see where Biden wants to take me to the back of the barn? Me!’ he asked a raucous crowd, botching Biden’s words. ‘I’d love that, Mr. Tough Guy!’
‘You know when he’s Mr. Tough Guy? When he’s standing behind a microphone by himself,’ Trump said.
‘He wants to bring me to the back of the barn! Ooooh!’ he mocked.
‘Some things in life you can really love doing.’