In a short, recently resurfaced video clip of then Vice-President Joe Biden addressing American military service members, he refers to them as "stupid bastards" while asking them to applaud a fellow service member.
Was Biden joking? Was he trying to be one of the group by being a little salty? Certainly, many commentators have made that claim while coming to Biden's defense. Still, if Biden was joking, was it appropriate? Is it ever appropriate for a civilian - even a president or vice-president - who has never worn the uniform of his or her country to refer to service members as "stupid bastards," even in jest?
To be completely fair, Red Alert News located a longer clip of the event so that the full context is available.
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Newly resurfaced video shows Joe Biden calling servicemembers “stupid bastards” pic.twitter.com/yOrz5Ak7bY— Breaking911 (@Breaking911) September 25, 2020