The Detroit construction worker who clashed with former Vice President Joe Biden during a campaign event Tuesday as voters went to the polls is speaking out after being berated by the presidential front-runner.
“I thought I was pretty articulate and respectful. I didn’t try to raise any feathers,” Jerry Wayne said on Fox News’ “Fox and Friends” Wednesday morning. “He kind of just went off the deep end.”
Wayne confronted Biden on guns at an auto worker plant the day of the primary in Michigan, where the former vice president decisively carried the state over Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders by about 17 points, capturing every county in the state.
“You are actively trying to diminish our Second Amendment right and take away our guns,” Wayne said, prompting an angry backlash from Biden.
“You’re full of sh-t,” Biden said in response, going on to shush his female aid trying to move the candidate along. “I support the Second Amendment. … Just like if you yell fire, that’s not free speech.”
Biden went on to talk about his own gun ownership, denying Wayne’s claims as he pressed Biden on the issue.
“Well, when you were with Beto [O’Rourke] when you said you were going to take our guns —” Wayne said before Biden cut him off.
“I did not say that,” Biden shouted. He continued to argue that the government would only take away “AR-14s,” though he probably meant “AR-15s,” which the National Rifle Association has found to be the most popular firearm in the country. Biden then invited Wayne “to go outside with me.”
Biden, of course, has said he wants to take away firearms and promised in Texas earlier this month that he would be “counting on” former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke to “take care of the gun problem,” if elected. During an early Democratic primary debate, then-candidate O’Rourke said, “Hell, yes, we’re going to take your AR-15, your AK-47.”
“Once he got caught in a lie, I kind of wanted to ask him why he wanted to take our long arms rather than the handguns,” Wayne said Wednesday. “To me that’s very skeptical. If you care about human life, wouldn’t you want to go after the tool that’s used the most?”
Tristan Justice is a staff writer at The Federalist focusing on the 2020 presidential campaigns. Follow him on Twitter at @JusticeTristan or contact him at [email protected]