“You are a really dull class,” Biden said. “Come on, man. Is the sun getting to you? I would think you’d have an opportunity when I say that about the Navy to clap. To be here together.”
Biden appears peeved at the lack of applause from Navy cadets.
"You are a really dull class. Come on, man. Is the sun getting to you? I would think you'd have an opportunity when I say that about the Navy to clap — to be here together …" pic.twitter.com/OFuXYiL4s5
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) May 19, 2021
Biden was attempting to make a joke about how the Coast Guard is what keeps the Navy in check. The graduates then provided an applause once the president showed a bit of insecurity. Later in the speech, Biden seemed to forget the name of a lieutenant commander.
Biden seems to struggle to remember Coast Guard Lieutenant Commander's name pic.twitter.com/E2XmE6FvVS
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) May 19, 2021
Several years ago, Biden pulled a similar stunt. A video emerged last year of him telling U.S. service members they are “dull” and “stupid bastards” at a military base in Abu Dhabi, Arab Emirates in 2016.
“Clap for that, you stupid bastards,” Biden told the service members when it was silent. Then, Biden appears to tell the individuals in attendance they were “a dull bunch” and “must be slow.” At the time, a Biden campaign spokesman told The Daily Beast he was just joking.
“Vice President Biden was jokingly encouraging the audience to clap for an airwoman on the stage, and a number of service members can be seen laughing and smiling at the comment. Seconds before, he praised them for ‘the incredible sacrifices [they] make for our country,” campaign spokesperson Andrew Bates said. “He thanked them for their patriotism and courage throughout, and closed his remarks by saying, ‘you’re the finest generation of warriors the world has ever, ever known’—receiving an enthusiastic ovation.”
Wow. Democrat Presidential candidate Joe Biden called our troops "stupid bastards" in 2016. How did this video stay hidden for so long? There’s only one stupid bastard in this clip and it’s definitely not any of our troops… pic.twitter.com/YZ99utMx30
— Robby Starbuck (@robbystarbuck) September 25, 2020