Joe Biden nibbles on wife Jill's finger during bizarre campaign moment in Iowa, gets mocked by internet
The Democratic presidential candidate kicked off an eight-day, 800-mile tour through Iowa as part of his 'No Malarkey' campaign to boost his flagging support in the state.
Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden is finding himself in the headlines quite often these days, but it's more often than not for some poorly thought out gesture than it is for his policies or his campaign.
The 77-year-old was once again in the spotlight as he bit his wife Jill's finger onstage on Saturday, November 30, at a rally in Council Bluffs, Iowa, as she introduced him at what was the first stop of an eight-day, 800-mile tour through the first-to-caucus state.
The incident happened as Jill had been speaking to the gathered crowd, using her hands to gesticulate. She had already missed her husband's face by a few inches a few times when Biden theatrically dodged her hand and then playfully bit down on the tip of her index finger.
She didn't seem to mind, laughing it off with the 200-odd supporters who also took the lighthearted moment in stride. But social media users were a little less kind, relentlessly mocking the former vice president and questioning the thought process behind the move.
Biden, however, promised to "change America" to the crowd in Council Bluffs. "I promise you, I promise you we're going to win this race, and we're going to beat Donald Trump, and we're going to change America."
It's not the only thing that Biden caught flak for either. Many also called into question his new campaign slogan, 'No Malarkey,' which is a reference to a comment he made more than seven years ago during a debate with Republican Paul Ryan.
Users online joked that he was still living in the 1950s and should be notified about mobile phones and the internet, with one commenting, "The most Boomer thing I've ever seen."
"I'm voting for Biden so he can finally fix the four big problems facing society: jibber jabber, hogwash, tommyrot, and flapdoodle," a second joked, while a third wrote, "You are definitely ready for the 1982 city council election in Brainerd, Minnesota."
While Biden still enjoys a healthy lead in national public opinion polls, his 'No Malarkey' tour in Iowa ahead of the February 3 caucuses will be aiming to boost the dwindling support for him in the state.
The latest polls show that the 77-year-old is now trailing to Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren and South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg.