Disturbing video footage show former Vice President and presidential hopeful Joe Biden having what some have characterized as a psychotic episode after being asked a question, screaming at and apparently shoving a reporter with a balled fist.
At a campaign event in Mason, Iowa Biden was asked by CBS reporter Ed O’Keefe, “Yesterday, you said you accepted Bernie’s apology, now you’re attacking him, why are you doing that? Why wasn’t his apology enough, Mr. Vice President?”
Biden slowly turned towards the reporter, who repeated, “Why attack Sanders?”
Biden started waving his hands and lunged forward, bellowing, “Why why why why why why why!”
“You’re getting nervous, man! Calm down, it’s okay,” Biden snapped. “He apologized for saying that I was corrupt. He didn’t say anything about whether or not I was telling the truth about Social Security.”
Biden then shoved the reporter in the chest with a closed fist and stormed away.
WATCH: After a campaign event in Mason City, Iowa, @joebiden reacts to @edokeefe's question about his ongoing feud with @berniesanders: "Calm down, it's okay." https://t.co/a2hmMbnjnf pic.twitter.com/ymOMWRR2zP
— CBS News (@CBSNews) January 22, 2020
Twitter users were quick to mock the former Vice President for the outburst.
Why why why why why why why can’t Joe Biden keep his hands off people? pic.twitter.com/H0J7ZQkoVr
— Robby Starbuck (@robbystarbuck) January 22, 2020
Biden 2020: whywhywhywhywhywhywhywhywhywhywhywhywhywhywhywhywhywhywhywhywhywhywhywhywhywhywhywhywhywhywhywhywhywhywhywhywhywhywhywhywhywhywhywhywhywhywhywhywhywhywhywhywhywhywhywhywhywhywhywhywhywhywhywhywhywhywhywhywhywhywhywhywhywhywhywhywhywhywhywhywhywhywhywhywhywhywhywhy
— Comfortably Smug (@ComfortablySmug) January 22, 2020
Other users thought Biden’s response was measured, perhaps even merited.
The Chad Biden
— Don't Count Kong Out (@JohnGalvano) January 22, 2020
Biden was calm. He was jokingly reenacting the journalist's hammering question style. He stopped and answered. Chill peeps.
— 𝕄𝕖𝕣𝕣𝕪𝔾𝕙𝕠𝕦𝕝𝕖𝕕 (@merry_ghouled) January 22, 2020
National File reached out to the Biden campaign for comment on the incident, and did not receive an immediate response.