A Michigan gun shop provided a custom AR-14 to an autoworker involved in a viral video confrontation with 2020 presidential candidate Joe Biden.
Jerry Wayne clashed with Biden, a former Vice president, during a campaign stop in Michigan on Tuesday, and footage of the tense exchange quickly went viral online.
Wayne revealed on Twitter on Wednesday that Next Level Armament had gifted him with an “an amazing custom made AR-14.”
The gift was a reference to remarks made by Biden during his testy conversation with Wayne.
“You are actively trying to infringe our Second Amendment rights and take away our guns,” Wayne said in video of the encounter.
“Horsh–,” Biden responded. “I support the Second Amendment.”
At another point, Wayne accused Biden of echoing failed 2020 presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke’s vow to “take our guns.”
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“I did not say that,” Biden replied, saying that the government would only “take your AR-14s.”
It is likely that the former vice president misspoke and meant to reference the AR-15, a weapon demonized by gun control activists and widely considered to be one of the most popular class of rifles in the nation.
When Wayne told Biden, “You’re working for me,” Biden fired back, saying “Give me a break, man. Don’t be such a horse’s ass.”
“He kind of just went off the deep end”
In an appearance on Fox News on Wednesday, Wayne described Biden as having gone “off the deep end” during their confrontation at a Fiat Chrysler plant.
“Yeah, I thought I was pretty articulate and respectful,” Wayne told the hosts of the “Fox & Friends” morning show. “I didn’t try to raise any feathers, and he kind of just went off the deep end.”
According to Wayne, he learned on Tuesday morning that Biden would be appearing at the plant as he campaigned ahead of the Michigan primary. Wayne said he did not expect to meet the candidate, but he thought about what he would say if given an opportunity.
When Biden made his way into Wayne’s part of the plant, the autoworker said he first asked about employment prospects in the industry. Guns then came up, he said, because many of his coworkers own them.
“I also asked him how he wanted to get the vote of the working man when a lot of us, we wield arms. We bear arms and we like to do that. And if he wants to give us work and take our guns, I don’t see how he is going to get the same vote,” Wayne told the “Fox & Friends” hosts.
- Jerry Wayne holding a custom AR-14 given to him by Next Level Arms.: Instagram