Vice President Joe Biden ridiculed Ben Carson for his comments about gay people, marveling about the rapid acceptance of LGBT lifestyles in the United States.
“Seriously, don’t misread the political trends in history here,” Biden said, “Now every ridiculous assertion from Dr. Carson on – I mean Jesus, God!” he cried as the audience applauded and cheered. “Oh God,” he continued, as the crowd laughed.
Biden claimed that Americans universally “ridiculed” Carson for his statements, something that wouldn’t have happened in the past.
Carson has since apologized for his comments, after realizing his “choice of language does not reflect fully my heart on gay issues.”
Biden made his remarks at the Human Rights Campaign Spring Equality Convention in Washington D.C.
The Vice President prefaced his remarks by recalling his appearance on 2012 Meet the Press when he got ahead of the president’s announcement on supporting gay marriage.
He also painted a scene where perhaps one employee of a hedge fund would have mocked a waiter with a lisp by imitating his language while ordering lunch at a restaurant.
Five years ago, Biden said, the people surrounding that type of person would have “remained silent.”
“Today, the rest of that table is empowered to speak up and say ‘You horse’s tail, what the hell’s the matter with you,’” Biden said.