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Published On: Sat, Aug 24th, 2019

Election 2020: Joe Biden asks audience to imagine if Barack Obama had been murdered

2020 Democrat front runner Joe Biden held a town hall event in Hanover, New Hampshire on Friday to discuss his healthcare plan, but is making headlines for asked the audience to imagine Barack Obama’s assassination during a question-and-answer session.

Biden, who is known for his gaffes brought up the assassinations of Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert Kennedy, but this time he dragged Obama into the conversation.

“Imagine what would have happened if, God forbid, Barack Obama had been assassinated after becoming the de facto nominee?” Biden asked in Hanover, New Hampshire. “What would have happened in America?”

The speech was aimed at a group of young Democrats from Dartmouth University, which a campaign adviser said was an effort to connect with young people and discuss the turbulence of the times when he was in college.

“I have one hero who was my dad, but I have two political heroes … Martin Luther King and Bobby Kennedy,” Biden said. “My senior semester they were both shot and killed.”

The strange question came just days after Biden, known for his verbal flubs and off-message gaffes, mistakenly said the two men had been assassinated in the 1970s instead of 1968.

Full remarks below.

Biden brought up the question of Obama as part of a discussion about what causes young people to become politically involved. He said it was the assassinations, but that young people today are being motivated to vote against President Donald Trump.

“Unless I’m mistaken, Donald Trump did for your generation what the loss of two of my heroes did for mine,” he told the students, adding, “What they did was make you realize, my God, we’re in trouble.”

President Barack Obama stands with Vice President Joe Biden in the Green Room of the White House prior to delivering a statement on the economy in the East Room, Nov. 9, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

“My senior semester they were both shot and killed,” Biden said. “Imagine what would have happened if, God forbid, Barack Obama had been assassinated after becoming the de facto nominee. What would have happened in America?”

“I think of where we are at the moment. You know, none of you men are old — women are old enough, but a couple of you guys are old enough to remember. I graduated in 1968. Everybody before me was, drop out, go to Haight-Ashbury, don’t trust anybody over 30, everybody not getting involved. I’m serious, I know no woman will shake their head and acknowledge it, but you guys know what I’m talking about. Right? But then what happened? Dr. Ki— I only have two political heroes. I have one hero who was my dad, but I have two political heroes were Martin Luther King and Bobby Kennedy. My senior semester they were both shot and killed. Imagine what would have happened if, God forbid, Barack Obama had been assassinated after becoming the de facto nominee. What would have happened in America?”


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