Former Vice President Joe Biden drew laughs Sunday when he called a college student a “lying dog-faced pony soldier” after she asked him a question about the Iowa caucuses, but she said she found his jibe “humiliating.”
“It was kind of humiliating to be called a liar on national TV by the former vice president,” Madison Moore, a 21-year-old Mercer University economics student, told The Telegraph in Macon, Georgia. “Instead of answering that question straightforward, his immediate response was to attempt to invalidate me by exposing my inexperience.”
She added that it is “kind of insulting” that people think Biden was joking. His is campaign claimed was a quote from an old John Wayne movie.
Moore was with a group of students on a school trip at a New Hampshire campaign event Sunday and asked Biden about his chances in the Democratic presidential primaries after he placed fourth.
He asked her if she’d ever been to a caucus and she nodded yes, he told her “no you haven’t. You’re a lying dog-faced pony soldier.”
Moore said she was nervous when Biden asked her the caucus question, and she didn’t think it mattered.
“He has been performing extremely poorly in this race and the fact that he couldn’t just straight answer my question without bullying or intimidating just exacerbates that fact,” Moore said. “I am a 21-year-old college student, like what the hell do I know? Who cares who I am or my experience. Just answer the damn question.”
Biden used the same phrase in a 2018 rally for then-Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, commenting that there is a “line in a John Wayne movie where the Indian chief turns to John Wayne and says, ‘This is a lying dog-faced pony soldier.’
”Her professor, Chris Grant, told The Telegraph that the trip was made to give students a chance to gain insight into the political process, and that Moore’s question was “completely reasonable to a very experienced politician and unfortunately (she) got an answer that was not in that candidate’s best interest…she certainly has reason to be upset with the vice president’s response.”
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