Conservative sites have exploded with a new controversy surrounding Joe Biden who appears to distinguish between true abuse or worrisome signs of abuse and a “garden variety slap across the face.” However, listening to the YouTube clip it is clear that the statement has been cut off.
In the excerpt appearing on National Review, Drudge, and many other sites, Biden is shown ending the final line with the offensive line with the word “face.”
We’ve learned that certain behaviors on the part of an abuser portend much more danger than other behaviors. For example, if an abuser has attempted to strangle his victim, if he has threatened to shoot her, if he has sexually assaulted her, and there’s a number of other signs, about eight others. These are tell-tale signs to say this isn’t your garden-variety slap across the face.
However, when I listen to the tape it sounds like Biden continues the sentence with a “which” that has been cut off in both the transcript and tape. It is curious that these sites can include the lines leading up to the offensive statement, but not the whole statement or what follows. If he did make this statement, he should be condemned. However, such condemnation should only follow a full transcript in fairness to the Vice President.
Does anyone have the full remarks?