Joe Biden Calls Mike Pence A ‘Decent Guy’ In Passing, Twitter Comes Unglued

Former Vice President Joe Biden came under fire for calling current Vice President Mike Pence a ‘decent guy’ while speaking at the Chuck Hagel Forum in Global Leadership at the University of Nebraska at Omaha on Thursday.

The comment was especially stunning for those familiar with Pence’s lengthy history of anti-LGBTQ policies and positions.

The comment came as Biden brought up Pence’s recent speech at the Munich Security Conference last month. During the speech, Pence mentioned greetings from President Trump to the audience which was met with stark silence.  

“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. Dead silence,” Biden told the Nebraska audience on Thursday.

Reid Epstein, political reporter for the Wall Street Journal, tweeted the comment:

Sex In The City star Cynthia Nixon called Biden out on Twitter, writing, “You’ve just called America’s most anti-LGBT elected leader ‘a decent guy.’ Please consider how this falls on the ears of our community.”

Biden responded to Nixon’s tweet less than an hour later admitting the misstep: “You’re right, Cynthia. 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.”

Biden’s comment got many in the Twitterverse upset:

But Washington Blade reporter Chris Johnson points out even openly gay Mayor Pete Buttigieg has referred to Pence in positive terms:

As The Washington Post points out, Joe Biden has been a longtime ally to the LGBTQ community.

He famously came out in support of marriage equality even before his boss, Barack Obama, did.

And he recently spoke at the national Human Rights Campaign dinner.

For this writer, I think the comment comes across as Biden just being affable in referring to Pence. I don’t think it was a full-on testimonial about Pence’s character. 

What do you think, readers? 

(h/t Washington Bladeimage via Marc Nozell/FlickrCC license)

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  1. First, Joe Biden tends to put

    First, Joe Biden tends to put his foot in his mouth, and interestingly did so about gay marriage, or so some thought, and attitudes changed. Decent guys can also be wrong and decent guys can change their minds. This nonsense of some liberals/Democrats is jumping down the throats of others without hesitation is why we’re no way near winning back the White House. 

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