In a bizarre rant by Joe Biden in Scranton on Monday, he said he would have stopped his son from serving in the military if Donald Trump were president.
At the campaign rally for Hillary Clinton, Vice President Biden heaped praise on his son, Beau Biden, the former Attorney General from Delaware and Iraq war veteran, but said that if Trump were in charge of deployments, he would stop him from serving.
“If Donald Trump had been president, I would’ve thrown my body in front of him to keep him from going if the judgment was based on Donald Trump’s decision,” Biden said of his son, who died in May 2015 after a prolonged battle with cancer, BusinessInsider is reporting.
It seemed very much like a call for the military to reject a Trump administration – at least as far as the Vice President is concerned.
He said that because of his flippant comments and demeanor, he’s not to be trusted with the nation’s nuclear codes. He then pointed out to the crowd the exact person who follows him around and actually has the nuclear codes.
“There’s a guy who follows me back there who has the nuclear codes if, God forbid, something happens to the president,” Biden said. “[Trump] is not qualified to know the code. He cannot be trusted.”
Throughout Biden’s speech, the crowd was cheering. Biden castigated them, telling them to be quiet. “Don’t cheer; just listen. No candidate has known less or been less prepared than Donald Trump. What absolutely amazes me is he doesn’t seem to want to learn it.”
Biden criticized Trump’s statements about Vladimir Putin and his call for non-nuclear powers to step up to the plate and provide their own defense as well.
Biden heaped praise on Clinton, touting their shared working-class roots and invoking the significance Clinton’s presidency would have for women and girls seeking higher office. The vice president also ruminated on his family’s past financial struggles and the value of resilience in the face of economic hardship.
The speech came minutes before Trump delivered what his campaign has billed as a major address on his ideas for national security and foreign policy. Trump reiterated his plan to increase scrutiny of immigrants and end what the campaign characterized as US “nation-building” abroad.