Former Vice President Joe Biden shared his excitement about his former colleague Doug Jones’ special election win in Alabama this morning.
“This is not just about rejecting Trump — which was real — but it’s about Doug Jones,” Biden said during an appearance “The View” this morning.
Biden, who campaigned on behalf of Jones, said Jones’ victory was not only “a repudiation of President Trump’s tactics,” adding that some people in Alabama might be “a little ashamed” of those tactics.
Biden said that he believes “it wasn’t just his opponent’s record” that drew people to the polls to vote for Jones on Tuesday night. He was referencing Jones’ opponent, Republican Roy Moore, who had come under fire in recent weeks for alleged sexual misconduct, as well as comments he had made about slavery. Biden praised Jones’ character.
“This guy is a very serious guy,” Biden said of Jones. “He is real. His dad was a steelworker. He understands how to talk to the middle class.”
“I just think I’d rather focus on the positive side of Doug Jones than the ugly side of that side,” Biden said.
Speaking about what he saw as some of the ugliness of politics, Biden called Trump’s tweet about Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand Tuesday “disgusting.”
Trump had tweeted that Gillibrand, D-N.Y., who has called for his resignation, “would do anything” for campaign contributions. Gillibrand called the president’s remarks “a sexist smear.” During the signing of the National Defense Authorization Act Tuesday, Trump ignored a reporter’s question about what he meant by the tweet.
Biden said that even if Trump’s claim that he speaks about men the same way he speaks about women is true, Biden balked at “the idea that the president is so tone deaf” as to apply that language to a female politician.
“When our leaders use the kinds of language that is so often used today … we allow the seamier side in society to act as if it has a legitimate place,” Biden said.
An emotional moment came later in the appearance, when “View” co-host Meghan McCain talked about how her father, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., has the same kind of brain cancer that killed Biden’s son, Beau.
Biden moved to sit next to McCain, praising her father and saying that the two are close despite their political differences.
“We’re like two brothers who were somehow raised by different fathers or something,” Biden said.
Biden told how John McCain is using one of the same doctors that Beau consulted after being diagnosed with glioblastoma. Meghan McCain and Biden both started tearing up — with Biden calling the co-host a bad influence — when discussing the hope that Beau retained after getting “this devastating diagnosis, like your dad.”
Biden said that his son, who died in 2015, said “we’re not going to talk about percentages” after receiving the diagnosis.
“Beau is missing but we’ve all decided to not talk about the loss as much as the inspiration he was to all of us,” Biden said.