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Joe Biden says he would ‘keep punching at’ domestic violence at Democratic debate

Joe Biden says he would ‘keep punching at’ domestic violence if elected president at Democratic debate and then wrongly says the only black woman to be elected a US senator endorsed him

  • Biden was one of 10 candidates at Democratic debate in Atlanta on Wednesday 
  • The former vice president was asked about combating domestic violence 
  • Comments about ‘punching at’ domestic violence drew laughs from audience 
  • Biden claimed he was endorsed by ‘only’ black woman elected to US Senate
  • Kamala Harris, who is also running, is second black woman elected to Senate
  • ‘Nope. That’s not true,’ Harris responded to Biden while laughing 

Joe Biden promised to repeatedly ‘keep punching at’ domestic violence if he is elected President during Wednesday night’s Democratic debate in Atlanta.

The former vice president drew some laughs from the audience as he appeared unaware of the metaphor he was using to describe how he would combat violence against women and sexual harassment.

‘No man has a right to raise a hand to a woman in anger other than in self-defense, and that rarely ever occurs,’ Biden said.

‘And so we have to just change the culture, period, and keep punching at it, and punching at it, and punching at it.’

Former Vice President Joe Biden spoke about the need to ‘punch at’ domestic violence during Wednesday’s Democratic debate in Atlanta

Biden noted that he was one of the co-sponsors of the Violence Against Women Act, a federal law that was signed by then-President Bill Clinton in 1994.

He also reminded the audience that as Barack Obama’s vice president, he launched the ‘It’s On Us’ initiative aimed at raising awareness of sexual assaults on campus.

‘The fact is that what happens now, is that we have to fundamentally change the culture, the culture of how women are treated,’ Biden said.

Biden has faced a number of complaints from women who said he made them feel uncomfortable with unwanted touching. 

The ‘punching’ comments weren’t the only ones that Biden made that drew curious reaction.

After Senator Cory Booker challenged Biden over his opposition to legalizing marijuana, the former Vice President began defending his record of support from the African American community.

The former vice president said he came ‘out of the black community in terms of my support.’

Biden also drew laughs when he said he was endorsed by the 'only' black woman elected to the US Senate. Senator Kamala Harris, the second black woman elected to the Senate, threw up her hands in laughter (left). She is seen left next to fellow candidate Andrew Yang

Biden also drew laughs when he said he was endorsed by the ‘only’ black woman elected to the US Senate. Senator Kamala Harris, the second black woman elected to the Senate, threw up her hands in laughter (left). She is seen left next to fellow candidate Andrew Yang

The senator from California, whose mother was Indian and whose father was Jamaican, tweeted after the debate: ‘Proud to be the second Black woman elected to the U.S. Senate.’

The senator from California, whose mother was Indian and whose father was Jamaican, tweeted after the debate: ‘Proud to be the second Black woman elected to the U.S. Senate.’

He then mentioned that he has the endorsement of Carol Moseley Braun, the former senator from Illinois who was the first African American woman elected to the body.

But Biden mistakenly referred to her as the ‘only’ African American woman elected to the Senate.

Senator Kamala Harris, who is running against Biden, was standing just a few feet away on the debate stage.

‘Nope. That’s not true,’ Harris said. ‘The other one is here.’

Harris started laughing and the audience also found the moment quite funny.

The senator from California, whose mother was Indian and whose father was Jamaican, tweeted after the debate: ‘Proud to be the second Black woman elected to the U.S. Senate.’ 

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