On Thursday in Ohio, Vice President Joe Biden was interrupted by a heckler whose “friend died” during a recent battle in Syria. The man, who later identified himself as a Kurdish armed forces vet, said his friend, Levi Shirley, died near Manbij, which was liberated from ISIS last month.
As the man was yelling about his friend, the crowd attempted to drown him out with “Hillary” chants. But this wasn’t a Trump rally.
“No, it’s alright,” Biden said, waving his hand and silencing the crowd. “It’s alright.” Biden offered the man an answer to his concerns but, unsatisfied, the gentleman continued yelling at Uncle Joe.
As “Hillary” chants rose back up, Biden once again waved the crowd to be silent. “Hey, I tell you what — If you’re serious,” Biden said, adding “will you listen?” for the gentleman who was still yelling rather than paying attention to the Vice President’s response to his concerns.
“My friend died,” the man interrupted.
“So did my son,” Biden replied, referencing Beau, who served in Iraq before passing away from brain cancer in 2015.
“So look, let me ask you a question,” Biden continued. “Come back and talk to me about this.” Biden pointed behind him, a genuine look of concern for the man’s situation in his eyes. “OK? You have my permission.”
There were no “Get him out of heres” or demands that the man be thrown out in the cold, his coat stripped from him (though cold would not be an issue this time of year in any case). He didn’t order supporters to beat the gentleman. Biden, being an adult, is willing to talk it out.
Think we’d ever see this at a Trump rally?
Watch the exchange below. It will make you proud to be an American:
Video: Biden stumping for Clinton in OH when man protests over Iraq War: “My friend died!”
Biden: “So did my son.”
— Bradd Jaffy (@BraddJaffy) September 1, 2016
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