During a Tuesday speech at the University of Miami, former Vice President Joe Biden said he would have taken matters into his own hands in his younger days if he heard President Donald Trump bragging about grabbing women.
“A guy who ended up becoming our national leader said, ‘I can grab a woman anywhere and she likes it,'” Biden said, per ABC News. “They asked me if I’d like to debate this gentleman, and I said ‘no.’ I said, ‘If we were in high school, I’d take him behind the gym and beat the hell out of him.'”
Biden was speaking at the University of Miami as part of the “It’s On Us” campaign to stop sexual assault by changing the culture on college campuses.
Today’s @itsonus rally reminded us that we are responsible for creating an environment where sexual assault and gender-based violence is unacceptable. Thank you @joebiden for bringing us your legacy of ending violence against women and empowering our students to take action. pic.twitter.com/h43M4gqqpt
— University of Miami (@univmiami) March 20, 2018
“I’ve been in a lot of locker rooms my whole life,” Biden added. “I’m a pretty damn good athlete. Any guy that talked that way was usually the fattest, ugliest S.O.B. in the room.”
Biden made similar comments about Trump while campaigning for Hillary Clinton in 2016. “What he said he did and does is a textbook definition of sexual assault,” Biden said at a campaign rally in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. “No, I wish we were in high school. I could take him behind the gym. That’s what I wish.”
Trump later referenced Biden’s comments at his own rally. “I’d love that,” Trump said. “You know when he’s Mr. Tough Guy? When he’s standing behind a microphone by himself.”