A Detroit autoworker confronted Joe Biden during a Democratic presidential campaign stop in Michigan on Tuesday, and footage of the exchange quickly went viral online.
In one clip, the hard-hatted worker can be heard over the sound of machines saying, “You are actively trying to infringe our Second Amendment rights and take away our guns.”
“Horsh–,” Biden responds. “I support the Second Amendment.”
Biden, 77, a former vice president, goes on to say that he owns shotguns and his sons hunt.
“But guess what? I’m not allowed to own [just] any weapon,” he says. “I’m not taking your gun away, at all. Do you need 100 rounds?”
When the man says, “You’re working for me,” Biden fires back, “Give me a break, man. Don’t be such a horse’s ass.”
The candidate, jabbing his finger in the unidentified man’s face, then compares AR-15s to machine guns and suggests they should both be equally illegal.
Here's a longer video clip: https://t.co/9TNEukDUgL
— Steve Herman (@W7VOA) March 10, 2020
The autoworker later questions why Biden is targeting semiautomatic weapons, which account for a small fraction of gun deaths in the United States. At that point, Biden’s minders finally separate the two men.
The Trump campaign shares a video of Biden yelling at an autoworker about guns
Biden was visiting the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers at the Fiat Chrysler assembly plant they are building hours ahead of the Michigan primary. Washington, Missouri, Mississippi, Idaho and North Dakota also go the polls on Tuesday.
After videos of Biden arguing with the autoworker racked up hundreds of thousands of views on Twitter, President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign shared another angle from its account.
WATCH: Joe Biden calls a Detroit auto worker "a horse's ass" after the voter confronted him over wanting to take away Americans' Second Amendment rights. pic.twitter.com/G7R6PJbcKv
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Biden, 77, has pledged to ban “assault weapons” as president. His gun-control proposal also calls for banning online sales and repealing a law that gives firearms makers special protections against civil liability.
Last week — ahead of “Super Tuesday” voting, which restored him as the frontrunner in the race — Biden announced he would appointed his former 2020 rival Beto O’Rourke to lead gun control efforts in his potential administration.
“You’re going to take care of the gun problem with me,” Biden told O’Rourke on-stage at a rally in Los Angeles. “You’re going to be the one who leads this effort.”
O’Rourke, a failed Senate and presidential candidate, emerged during the 2020 campaign as a radical gun-control advocate. During a September Democratic primary debate in Houston, he laid out his plan for seizing weapons “designed to kill on the battlefield.”
“Hell yes, we are going to take your AR-15s, your AK-47s, we are not going to allow them to be used against fellow Americans any more,” O’Rourke said.
After repeatedly dodging the question, O’Rourke finally acknowledged in October that, if necessary, he would send law enforcement officials to Americans homes to round up their firearms.
- Joe Biden argues with an autoworker during a Democratic presidential campaign stop in Detroit, Michigan, on March 10, 2020.: Screen grab