During a speech at Jones Elementary School in Joliet, Illinois, President Joe Biden called those holding signs calling him a socialist “idiots.”
The President made the remarks on Saturday (November 5) at a scheduled campaign stop before Tuesday’s midterms.
Biden explained that “Social security and Medicare are more than government programs, they’re a promise. They’re a promise. Work hard and contribute and when the time comes, things will be easier for you,” adding that “generations of Americans” had relied on these programs.
Before warning attendees that these programs are under threat because of Republicans, the President interrupted his speech to criticize the protestors standing beside the road to the elementary school.
The signs the protesters held included statements like, “Let’s go, Brandon,” “where’s Nancy,” and “socialism sucks,” in addition to others.
“I love those signs when I came in — socialism. Give me a break; what idiots,” Biden scoffed. He then explained his critical remarks, saying, “No one ever doubts I mean what I say; sometimes, of course, I say all that I mean.”
The President warned that if Republicans win Congress, Americans would lose health care coverage. He pointed to a proposal Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.) made in February and an earlier suggestion by Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) that Medicare and Social Security funding be approved yearly.
“Everything I just talked about — $2,000 cap on prescription drugs, $35 a month cap on insulin, more power for Medicare to lower drug prices — all gone, all gone if they succeed,” Biden stated.
However, Biden promised Republicans would not succeed “for the next two years because I’ll veto it.”