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2020 Democratic presidential hopeful Joe Biden defended criticism about a story he’s told about a soldier in Afghanistan that refused to receive a medal, telling a news outlet that “the details are irrelevant in terms of decision-making.”
Last week the Washington Post reported that a story Biden told on the campaign trail about a soldier who tried to save a fellow soldier in Afghanistan and told Biden that he didn’t want a Silver Star pinned on him.
However, as the Post reported, Biden appeared to be taking bits and pieces of stories from at least three different events.
Biden tells NPR re: his gaffes: “Details are irrelevant in terms of decision making” https://t.co/aiQ2RTmVY4— Seung Min Kim (@seungminkim) September 3, 2019
“The whole purpose of what I was saying did not in any way effect my point. There are incredibly brave, decent, honorable, men and women in the military who in fact are like any other generation–only even have done more. They’ve saddled up, they’ve gone out, they’ve wiped the blood off of these Humvees, they’ve gone back out, they get out again, they go out again and again and again.”
“I was making a point about a generation. That has nothing to do with a judgment of whether or not you send troops to war, the judgment of whether you bring someone home, the judgment of whether or not you decide on a health care policy. You understand that. The details are irrelevant in terms of decision-making.”
“The fact that I would forget that it was Rodriguez who was pinning–I believe this is the case– pinning a bronze star on a young man was, it’s irrelevant to the point,” he said. “It’s like saying, ‘I had this very bright reporter, and I think her eyes were blue.’ What difference would it make about whether you were a bright reporter? Your eyes are brown. It’s irrelevant, and you know it.”
On Monday, Biden also insisted that he was not trying to “mislead” anybody with the story, according to CNN.
Some people had serious concerns with Biden’s remarks.
Ah the cursed "details", that famously unnecessary part of the decision making process that we all hate https://t.co/ep7CDQgOMt— Hardcode CFO's (@aobehr) September 3, 2019
Drop Out https://t.co/qIc1Bf76TG— Jenny ✨ (@jennychen8601) September 3, 2019
Reminder that this dude is still the frontrunner for reasons I barely fathom. https://t.co/QwU9mfXqfw— Free Archie Carter And His Feral Hogs (@bwreed) September 3, 2019
Warren should bookmark this statement for the next debate. https://t.co/BIyKXwPPt1— Connor Kiesel (@ConnorKiesel) September 3, 2019
While others saw an opportunity to make a joke about it.
Me when setting fantasy line ups https://t.co/HmrCSje4AF— Kirk (@KirkSeriousFace) September 3, 2019
You love to see it https://t.co/4KeZzxlTZY— Dave Weigel (@daveweigel) September 3, 2019
<jonah hill "cut it" GIF /> https://t.co/20v58or7a9— Jackson Kernion (@JacksonKernion) September 3, 2019
A campaign slogan for the ages. https://t.co/U6Tb5GVV5o— Dustin Scott (@Dustin_Supreme) September 3, 2019
You can read more about Biden’s remarks via NPR.
Andrew Wyrich is a politics staff writer for the Daily Dot, covering the intersection of politics and the internet. Andrew has written for USA Today, NorthJersey.com, and other newspapers and websites. His work has been recognized by the Society of the Silurians, Investigative Reporters & Editors (IRE), and the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ).