In a confrontation with an Iowa Democratic voter on Tuesday, presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden angrily told the man to “go vote for someone else” when the man questioned Biden’s stance on global warming, as reported by the Daily Caller.
In a video posted to Twitter, the man asks Biden to change his stance on the natural gas industry and the construction of pipelines, which the man falsely claims is hurting the environment. As Biden becomes more frustrated, he tells the man that he should “go vote for somebody else,” since “you’re not going to vote for me in the primary.” The man responds by saying that he’ll vote for Biden in the general election against President Donald Trump, but only if Biden “treats me right.”
Biden then asks the man if he thinks Senator Bernie Sanders (D-Vt.), the current frontrunner, is going to do a better job combating alleged global warming. The man responds by saying that he actually supports billionaire Tom Steyer (D-Calif.) in the primaries.
Steyer himself eventually responded on Twitter, telling Biden that “this is no way to treat an Iowan,” while also challenging Biden to discuss the incident at the next Democratic primary debate, for which both men have qualified.
Biden has a history of snapping at potential voters who criticize him or question him. Last year, an independent voter in Iowa asked Biden about his son Hunter Biden’s suspicious business dealings in Ukraine; Biden responded by calling the man “a damn liar,” “fat,” and “too old to vote for me,” and challenged the man to both a pushup contest and an IQ test.
Possibly as a result of backlash due to such incidents and other media gaffes, Biden’s polling numbers have been on the decline both nationally and in Iowa, with Senator Sanders now the frontrunner in the first-in-the-nation caucuses. The Iowa caucuses take place next week, on February 3rd.