Former Vice President Joe Biden was shamed Thursday evening by LGBT activists for merely calling Vice President Mike Pence a “decent guy” during a speech in Omaha, Nebraska. In cowardly fashion, Biden — who’s a top contender to be the Democrats’ 2020 Trump-challenger, though he’s yet to officially throw his hat in the ring — walked back the utterly mild compliment.
“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 an audience at the Chuck Hagel Forum in Global Leadership at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, according to CNN.
“Sex and the City” actress and former New York gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon was one of the high-profile leftists who lashed out at Biden for the remark.
“[Joe Biden] you’ve just called America’s most anti-LGBT elected leader ‘a decent guy,'” she posted in a tweet. “Please consider how this falls on the ears of our community.”
Biden quickly walked back the remark in a reply to Nixon.
“You’re right, Cynthia,” he wrote. “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.”
Nixon offered a conditioned thanks to Biden for his retraction and added another jab at Mr. Pence: “Thanks [Joe Biden]. Appreciate the response,” she said. “But please understand from where we sit, his dehumanizing of our community disqualifies [Mike Pence] for the honorific of ‘decent’, regardless of the context.”
The demonization of Pence by the Left has heightened over the course of his vice presidency. In January, left-wing politicos attempted to paint Pence as a “homophobe,” mocking the vice president for allegedly looking “uncomfortable” while swearing in openly bisexual Senator Kyrsten Sinema (D- AZ) on a law book, as opposed to the Bible. However, this was nothing more than a smear of Pence for daring to be open about his Christian faith. Video footage revealed that there was no evidence of discomfort from Pence; on the contrary, the vice president welcomed Sinema when she walked up to be sworn in, offering the senator congratulations and telling her it was his “great honor.”
More recently, actress Ellen Page targeted Pence after “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett claimed he was the victim of a hate crime perpetrated by two white supporters of President Donald Trump for being black and gay. Page blamed Pence for the attack during an appearance on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” a mere two days after the attack, which has since been called a hoax by Chicago Police Department officials.
“We have a media that’s saying it’s a debate whether or not what just happened to Jussie Smollett is a hate crime. It’s absurd. It isn’t a debate,” Page told Colbert, adding: “It feels impossible to not feel this way now with the president and Vice President Mike Pence, who wishes I couldn’t be married. Let’s be clear. The vice president of America wishes I didn’t have the love with my wife. … He has hurt LGBTQ people so badly as the governor of Indiana, and I think the thing we need to know and I hope my show Gaycation did this in terms of connecting the dots in terms of what happened the other day to Jussie, I don’t know him personally, I send all of my love.”
Page has yet to apologize to Mr. Pence.