‘You’re a damn liar, man, that’s not true…’
(Liberty Headlines) Former Vice President Joe Biden grew angry at his town hall in New Hampton, Iowa, when an 83-year-old retired farmer pressed him about his son Hunter Biden accepting a lucrative post on the board of a Ukrainian energy company while the then-vice president handled U.S.-Ukraine relations .
In response, leftist media like the Associated Press complained that the mercurial septuagenarian front-runner’s latest embarrassment on the campaign trail would overshadow an otherwise perfectly good critique of President Donald Trump’s foreign policy following a recent NATO summit.
The issue that Biden sought to bury is near the heart of House impeachment proceedings against Trump after disclosures that the president sought Ukraine’s help in investigating the Bidens.
Biden publicly boasted about coercing Ukrainian officials to fire the investigating prosecutor. That prosecutor, Viktor Shokin, has acknowledged in sworn testimony that the Petro Poroshenko administration was pressured into doing so by Biden.
Other documents have since revealed that following a raid on the home of Burisma‘s corrupt CEO, Hunter Biden and other well-connected Democratic board members of the natural gas company forcefully lobbied the U.S. State Department to step in.
Within a month’s time, Biden paid a visit to Ukraine, threatening to withhold a billion-dollar loan guarantee if Shokin was not fired.
The voter, who declined to give his name, pressed Biden on why it was acceptable for Hunter Biden to capitalize on his father’s power while Democrats assail Trump for self-dealing.
“You’re a damn liar, man, that’s not true,” Biden raged as the man continued to argue that “you don’t have a backbone … any more than Trump.”
When the man finally told Biden he wouldn’t vote for him, Biden replied, “I knew you weren’t voting for me.”
Biden later insisted to reporters that he had kept his cool and had drawn applause during the exchange from other attendees.
“I didn’t lose my temper,” he said. “What I wanted to do was shut this down. You saw the reaction here.”
He added that he knows Trump will keep pushing the Hunter Biden story line in a general election campaign that promises “to be even meaner.”
As he traveled across Iowa this week, Biden repeatedly sought to attack what he characterized as Trump’s belligerent style on the world stage.
He claimed that his international experience—with his six terms as a Delaware senator and two terms as vice president—is a winner for him in a primary and potential general election.
“Foreign policy is a major issue” for voters he encounters, Biden said in an interview. “It’s not an issue that they say, well … I think we should take this number of troops out of there and that number of troops there and I’m worried about what’s going on in Ukraine. They just know something’s not right. It’s uncomfortable. They know.”
In addition to attacking the president, Biden added that he also has more relevant experience, deeper knowledge and more extensive relationships abroad than his Democratic competitors. “It’s not in their wheelhouse,” Biden said. “I mean, it doesn’t mean they can’t learn it, doesn’t mean they’re not smart as hell.”
Biden said he looked forward to having Obama Secretary of State John Kerry, who won the 2004 Iowa caucuses, join him in the state Friday.
“John’s a good friend,” Biden said. “He knows what’s at stake.”
Kerry’s stepson, Chris Heinz, and a senior adviser, Devon Archer, are business partners of Hunter Biden’s in the Rosemont Seneca Partners operation that drew a reported $83,000 per month in “consulting” fees from Burisma.
Archer, who also served with Hunter Biden on the company’s board, was revealed by open-records requests to have met directly with Kerry in the lead-up to Shokin’s firing.
Adapted from reporting by the Associated Press