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Joe Biden challenges Iowa voter to push-up contest — may have called him ‘fat’

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By Shawn Langlois, MarketWatch


Associated Press
Get down and give me 2020.

During a campaign stop in Iowa on Thursday, Joe Biden was confronted by a man who accused the former vice president of “selling access to the president” in exchange for a high-paying board position in Ukraine for his son, Hunter.

Biden, who recently turned 77, fired back by calling the man out as a “damn liar” and challenging him to fitness and intelligence tests:

‘You want to check my shape? Let’s do push-ups, man, let’s run, let’s do whatever you want to do ... let’s take an IQ test.’

If you listen closely, it seems Biden may have even called him “fat.”

A senior adviser to Biden denied the fat-shaming comment:

But the internet was already off and running:

As for the substance of the argument, Hunter Biden, who’s currently at the center of Trump’s impeachment hearings, did serve on the board of Ukrainian energy company Burisma Holdings, but there’s no evidence of any illegal activity or wrongdoing on his father’s part.

For what it’s worth, the trouble didn’t end with Biden for the Iowa voter:

Shawn Langlois is an editor and writer for MarketWatch in Los Angeles. Follow him on Twitter @slangwise.

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