While speaking to students at an “It’s on Us” anti-sexual assault rally at the University of Miami Tuesday afternoon, former Vice President Joe Biden went to extreme efforts to pour fuel on anti-Trump sentiments, saying if he had been in high school with Trump, he would have “beat the hell out of him.”
“A guy who ended up becoming our national leader said, ‘I can grab a woman anywhere and she likes it,'” Biden said. “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.'”
“I’ve been in a lot of locker rooms my whole life,” Biden continued. “I’m a pretty damn good athlete. Any guy that talked that way was usually the fattest, ugliest S.O.B. in the room.”
ABC News reported further on Biden’s remarks:
“Sexual assault is about power and the abuse of power more than it is about sex,” he said, before going on to tell women in the audience that they should arm themselves with more resources.
“It’s not just on the men. It’s on you women, as well, on campus,” Biden said. “All the studies show that 95 percent of young women who are abused — the first person they tell is their roommate, their friend, someone on campus. You’ve got to inform yourself as to what facilities are available, what help is available, not just empathize, hug and say, ‘I’m so sorry.’ You have an obligation to be informed.”
Biden, who also headlined a political fundraiser with Latino leaders during his time in South Florida on Tuesday, ended the speech by encouraging students to participate in the Sexual Assault Awareness Month next month and the Day of Action April 3.
“And I’m hear to discuss nothing short of the need to literally – not figuratively, but I mean literal – change the culture in America,” Biden also told the students.
Fmr. Vice President Joe Biden is speaking now to University of Miami students at the It’s On Us rally, a national movement combatting sexual assault on college campuses. #ItsOnUs #ItsOnUsUMiami pic.twitter.com/tcjMpOhvFq
— City of Coral Gables (@CityCoralGables) March 20, 2018