Former Vice President Joe Biden (D) set social media ablaze with a combination of mockery and confusion after a video of an encounter with a New Hampshire voter where he responded with an unusual quip.
At a campaign stop in the Granite State, Biden was asked by a female voter how he could convince voters that he would be able to pull through and win the nomination after a disappointing fourth-place finishing in the Iowa Caucus.
Biden asked her if she had ever been to a caucus before, and when she said yes, he responded with a quip that quickly went viral.
“No, you haven’t. You’re a lying dog-faced pony soldier.”
Watch the video below:
After a New Hampshire voter asks @JoeBiden why they should trust he can turn his campaign around, he asks if she’s ever been to a caucus before; when she says yes, Biden snaps: "No you haven’t. You’re a lying dog-faced pony soldier." pic.twitter.com/3uxOAu0Ues— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) February 9, 2020
Biden’s comments drew a mixture of mockery, confusion, and criticism on Twitter:
I don’t even know what “dog faced pony soldier” means. When Biden uses it to describe a young woman isnt that pretty mean? Does anyone know what a dog faced pony solider is? Weird and getting weirder— newtgingrich (@newtgingrich) February 10, 2020
If I start a band I’m calling it “Lying Dog Faced Pony Soldiers”#LyingDogFacedPonySoldier— Paul Gosar (@DrPaulGosar) February 10, 2020
Biden has some serious anger issues anytime someone challenges him in the slightest. Not a good look. https://t.co/4JLbk8h4aX— Jessica Fletcher (@heckyessica) February 9, 2020
Joe Biden just called a young woman who asked him a question “a lying dog faced pony soldier.”— Shaun King (@shaunking) February 9, 2020
Not joking. That’s an exact quote.
A young woman asked Joe Biden about electability given his poor showing in Iowa and he called her – I'm 100 percent serious – a LYING DOG FACED PONY SOLDIER https://t.co/jP323Eph2z— Jessica Valenti (@JessicaValenti) February 9, 2020
A spokesperson for the Biden campaign said the line came John Wayne movie from the 1950s. This wasn’t the first time Biden used it, after receiving a question from an Iowa voter in January about Obamacare, Biden called the young man a “dog-faced poney soldier” as well.
In January, former VP Joe Biden used the phrase “lying dog faced pony solider” in response to a question about Obamacare. It’s a quote from a John Wayne movie. pic.twitter.com/oduqXA0R53— Alex Salvi (@alexsalvinews) February 9, 2020
Several outlets were unable to figure out which Wayne movie the quote supposedly came from.
This is not the first time Biden raised eyebrows for his terse response to potential voters either. On several occasions, Biden has been caught on tape telling individuals to vote for another candidate in the primary.