- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 11, 2020

The Michigan autoworker who was told he’s “full of s—t” by Democratic presidential frontrunner Joe Biden during a viral exchange Tuesday said in a new interview that the former vice president “went off the deep end.”

Jerry Wayne, who works at the Fiat-Chrysler auto plant in Detroit, appeared on “Fox & Friends” Wednesday morning to discuss the tense confrontation in which Mr. Biden called him a “horse’s ass” and threatened to fight him after he challenged the former vice president’s position on guns.

“I don’t think he was ready for [my question],” Mr. Wayne said. “It was a little bit disturbing to see that a politician wants to take away my right to defend myself.”

During the now-viral exchange, Mr. Wayne said to Mr. Biden, “You are actively trying to end our Second Amendment right and take away our guns.”

“You’re full of s—t,” Mr. Biden fired back, according to a CBS transcript. “The Second Amendment — just like right now, if you yelled ‘fire,’ that’s not free speech. And from the very beginning — I have a shotgun, I have a 20-gauge, a 12-gauge. My sons hunt. Guess what? You’re not allowed to own any weapon. I’m not taking your gun away at all.”

Mr. Biden was pointing his finger in Mr. Wayne’s face during his rant, prompting Mr. Wayne to tell him, “This is not OK, all right?”

“Don’t tell me that, pal, or I’m going to go outside with you, man,” Mr. Biden shot back.

“You’re working for me, man,” the worker responded.

“I’m not working for you,” Mr. Biden said. “Don’t be such a horse’s ass.”

During Mr. Wayne’s interview, Fox played two clips of Mr. Biden’s past statements that appeared to validate Mr. Wayne’s gun question. In one, Mr. Biden told CNN’s Anderson Cooper that he wants to confiscate “assault weapons.” In another clip, Mr. Biden promised to tap Beto O’Rourke, the former Democratic candidate who vowed to confiscate “assault weapons,” to lead his gun-control initiative.

Mr. Wayne said Wednesday, “He doesn’t need to touch anybody’s weapon at all. What we need to do is we need to concentrate on teaching people how to respect firearms and how to use them — not take them away.”

Mr. Wayne said he thought his question was “pretty articulate and respectful” and that he didn’t deserve Mr. Biden’s reaction.

“I didn’t try to raise any feathers,” he said. “And he kind of went off the deep end. I saw he was digging a hole. I just kind of let him talk for a while to dig a hole.”

“I mean, I guess technically speaking he can say whatever he wants,” he added. “But, he was the vice president. He wants to be the president now. You are a candidate. You work for the American people. And, if you can’t understand that then you don’t deserve to have a leg in this race.”

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