Biden — who is the clear front-runner of the 22 Democrats vying to take on Trump — agreed with a supporter who claimed the president was only elected because of help from Russian President Vladimir Putin during an event with voters Tuesday.
The woman — who jokingly embraced the label of having “Trump Derangement Syndrome” — told the former vice president:
“I would like to see the [Democratic] Party and every candidate come out with a very simple message regarding [Trump]. He won the election by 70,000 votes in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and Michigan. He won it because he had help by the Russians. He refuses to do anything to stop that. He’s failing in carrying out the most basic function: to uphold the Constitution. He is not defending our national security, he has no interest in doing it. I don’t want to live in a country run by Vladimir Putin. […] He’s an illegitimate president, in my mind.”
The woman urged Democrats to use that message moving forward in both the campaigns and in Congress as they toy with the idea of impeachment.
Biden agreed with the woman and even joked that she should be his vice president, should he win the election.
Watch Biden’s response to the question:
“Would you be my vice presidential candidate?” Biden joked, adding, “Folks, look, I absolutely agree.”
Biden not only agreed with the woman but added his criticism of the recently announced appointment of a special prosecutor to look into the origins of the investigation of Trump’s campaign and the alleged “spying” that took place.
“You’re absolutely right, and now they have an investigation of the investigators who are investigating whether or not Vladimir Putin and the Russians engaged in trying to affect our elections,” he said. “Give me a break. Gosh almighty.”
While Biden may think that it is the Trump campaign that went easy on the Russians, the election meddling took place under an administration he was a part of. As Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) noted, the Obama administration had plenty of weaknesses when it came to Russia.