Former Vice President Joseph R. Biden slammed his successor Mike Pence as “anti-LGBTQ” on Thursday after he faced backlash from the left for initially calling the vice president a “decent guy.”
Speaking at the Chuck Hagel Forum in Global Leadership at the University of Nebraska at Omaha on Thursday, Mr. Biden described how the international community reacted to Mr. Pence during his speech last month at the Munich Security Conference.
“The fact of the matter is it was followed on by a guy who’s a decent guy, our vice president, who stood before this group of allies and leaders and said, ‘I’m here on behalf of President Trump,’ and there was dead silence,” Mr. Biden said, CNN reported.
Mr. Biden calling the Republican vice president a “decent guy” outraged liberals, including actress-turned-politician Cynthia Nixon, who called on the former vice president to “please consider how this falls on the ears of our community.”
Mr. Biden agreed, explaining that he made the comment “in a foreign policy context.”
“You’re right, Cynthia,” he tweeted. “I was making a point in a foreign policy context, that under normal circumstances a Vice President wouldn’t be given a silent reaction on the world stage.
“But there is nothing decent about being anti-LGBTQ rights, and that includes the Vice President,” he added.
Mr. Biden, who is mulling a 2020 Democratic presidential run, has said in the past that his friendliness with Republicans can sometimes get him in trouble.
“I read in The New York Times today that one of my problems is if I were ever to run for president is I like Republicans,” he joked at the U.S. Conference of Mayors in January. “OK, well bless me, Father, for I have sinned.”