Former Vice President Joe Biden on Thursday felt like he had to defend a kind comment about Vice President Pence. Biden clarified that “there is nothing decent about being anti-LGBTQ” after he took fire from usually friendly sources over calling Vice President Mike Pence a “decent guy.”
“There is nothing decent about being anti-LGBTQ rights, and that includes the vice president,” Biden tweeted.
It is almost certain that Biden is getting ready to launch a presidential bid for 2020. He made the comment about Pence being a decent guy at a Forum in Global Leadership at the University of Nebraska-Omaha on Thursday.
The comment took social media by storm, with critics of Pence demanding that Biden change his opinion. Pence’s stance on homosexuality, including opposing same-sex marriage legislation, has earned him strong opponents among the LGBTQ community.
Actress and former New York gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon (D) tweeted, “@JoeBiden you’ve just called America’s most anti-LGBT elected leader ‘a decent guy.’ Please consider how this falls on the ears of our community.”
Biden responded that he “was making a point in a foreign policy context” at the event, but acknowledged Nixon’s point.
“You’re right, Cynthia. I was making a point in a foreign policy context, that under normal circumstances a Vice President wouldn’t be given a silent reaction on the world stage.
But there is nothing decent about being anti-LGBTQ rights, and that includes the Vice President.
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) February 28, 2019”
“The fact of the matter is it was followed on by a guy who’s a decent guy, our vice president, who stood before this group of allies and leaders and said, ‘I’m here on behalf of President Trump,’ and there was dead silence. Dead silence,” Biden said.
NBC News reported in 2017 that Biden is friendly with Pence and at that time spoke to him about once a month.