Biden’s Reaction To Hecklers: “This Isn’t A Trump Rally – Let ‘Em Holler”
Donald Trump’s campaign rallies always had a massive security presence because the notoriously thin-skinned developer wouldn’t tolerate being heckled. At one such gathering in Iowa Trump told the crowd and his guardians to “knock the crap out of them (protestors), would you? Seriously.” To emphasize his point he said, “OK, just knock the hell. I promise you I will pay for the legal fees.”
President Joe Biden isn’t so insecure as to feel the need to silence his critics – with force or otherwise – and demonstrated that during an appearance Friday night on behalf of Terry McAuliffe, the Democrat who’s running for a second term as governor of Virginia.
About two minutes into his remarks a group of people in the crowd in Arlington, Va., began shouting “stop line 3,” referencing a controversial oil pipeline project in northern Minnesota. Many in the gathering began booing, attempting to silence the interlopers, and chanted “let’s go Joe!”
Biden, who has more than a couple of campaign speeches under his belt after five decades in public life, took the brief interruption in far better stride than did Trump.
“That’s OK, that’s all right,” Biden said. “No, no, no, no. Let ’em talk. That’s OK. Look, this is not a Trump rally. Let ’em holler. No one’s paying attention.”
The president then continued on with his remarks endorsing McAuliffe in the race for Virginia’s governorship against Republican Glenn Youngkin, a private equity executive and political newcomer who has the endorsement of the twice-impeached, one-term former president.
“I ran against Donald Trump in Virginia and so is Terry,” Biden said at one point. “And I whipped Donald Trump in Virginia and so will Terry.”