Did Biden Disparage Troops as 'Stupid Bastards'?

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An offhanded remark during a 2016 speech was "made in jest," according to the Biden campaign.
In September 2020, a few weeks after The Atlantic reported that U.S. President Donald Trump had disparaged members of the military by calling them "losers" and "suckers," an old video purportedly showing Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden calling a group of troops "stupid bastards" during a speech was widely circulated on social media.

The video was shared on Trump's official YouTube page under the title: "Joe Biden called American servicemembers 'stupid bastards.' He must apologize!"

This is a genuine clip from a speech that Biden — then vice president — delivered in 2016. However, Biden's comment was made in jest, just moments after he told the troops how much he appreciated their sacrifice. Even the right-wing website Breitbart reported that Biden had "jokingly" made this remark about the troops, writing: "Former Vice President Joe Biden jokingly referred to members of the U.S. military and its overseas coalition partners as 'stupid bastards' while making banter with troops during a 2016 trip to the United Arab Emirates."

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