CNN host Jake Tapper squashed the latest Twitter spat between President Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden which arose from comments Biden made earlier this week during an address to University of Miami College Democrats.
“If we were in high school, I’d take him behind the gym and beat the hell out of him,” Biden said to the enthusiastic crowd. “I’ve been in a lot of locker rooms my whole life. I’m a pretty damn good athlete,” he remarked referencing the infamous Hollywood Access tape. “Any guy that talked that way was usually the fattest, ugliest S.O.B. in the room.”
The comments quickly made their way to social media before they were picked up by the President.
“Crazy Joe Biden is trying to act like a tough guy,” Trump tweeted out early Thursday morning. “Actually, he is weak, both mentally and physically, and yet he threatens me, for the second time, with physical assault. He doesn’t know me, but he would go down fast and hard, crying all the way. Don’t threaten people Joe!”
The schoolyard back and forth was echoed by current Vice President Mike Pence who unsurprisingly said that he said he’d pick Trump over Biden in a fight.
Tapper waded into the fight by remarking on the number of deferments both men pursued during the Vietnam War. “Reminder,” Tapper wrote, “that between the two of these tough guys are nine Vietnam deferments and claims they couldn’t serve because of asthma and bone spurs.”
Tapper went on to talk about his father in law who served in the air force during Vietnam.
Tapper’s full tweet read as such: “You know who’s a tough guy from that generation? My father in law, Sgt Tom Brown, enlisted in the US Air Force 1966, honorably discharged 1969. In country from 1968-1969, in the 12th Security Police Squadron Pacific Air Command. Isn’t running around talking about how tough he is.”
The Hill found that both Biden and Trump used five deferments each for a total of ten deferments in all. Both received educational deferments but ended up citing health concerns after those ran out. Biden received a deferment for teenage asthma while Trump received a deferment for bone spurs.
Tapper is a frequent champion of veterans causes and gone as far as to write a book celebrating the valor of several American servicemen. He fundraises and gives promotion to several charities directed at aiding combat veterans.
H/T: The Hill