Joe Biden appears to be itching for a fight with President Trump.
Appearing Tuesday evening at a University of Miami event, the former vice president declared that a younger version of himself would have had no problem resorting to fisticuffs to teach Trump a lesson about dignity.
“When a guy who ended up becoming our national leader said, ‘I can grab a woman anywhere and she likes it,’” Biden said during the anti-sexual assault It's On Us event. “They asked me if I’d like to debate this gentleman, and I said no. I said, ‘If we were in high school, I’d take him behind the gym and beat the hell out of him.’”
Biden, who is often discussed as a frontrunner for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, went on to refer to Trump’s infamous “locker-room talk” excuse for his vulgar words about women.
“I’ve been in a lot of locker rooms my whole life,” Biden said. “I’m a pretty damn good athlete.”
He quipped: “Any guy that talked that way was usually the fattest, ugliest SOB in the room.”
This is not the first time Biden has spoken about Trump in these particularly aggressive terms.
In October 2016, shortly after the release of the infamous Access Hollywood tape, the then-veep similarly said he’d fight Trump if the two were classmates.
“The press always asks me, don’t I wish I were debating him?" Biden said at a rally for Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. “No, I wish I were in high school. I could take him behind the gym. That’s what I wish.”
And then, while addressing Trump bragging about nonconsensually groping women, Biden was even more repulsed.
“What he said he did and does is the textbook definition of sexual assault,” he said at the time. “Think about this: it's more than wrong, he said because I’m famous, because I’m a star, because I’m a billionaire, I can do things other people can’t. What a disgusting assertion for anyone to make.”