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    A video of the former Vice-President Joe Biden jokingly calling US troops “stupid bastards” in 2016 has gone viral, making a stir on the internet late Friday.

    Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden’s campaign has scrambled to confirm a viral video which has recently surfaced of the former Vice-President supposedly calling US troops “stupid bastards” and “a dull bunch” during a trip overseas, and is defending the remarks as having been made in jest, reported The Daily Beast.

    “Vice-President Biden was jokingly encouraging the audience to clap for an airwoman on the stage, and a number of service members can be seen laughing and smiling at the comment. Seconds before, he praised them for the incredible sacrifices [they] make for our country,”” Biden campaign spokesman Andrew Bates was quoted as saying in a statement.

    ‘A Dull Bunch’

    The Democratic presidential hopeful made the controversial remarks during a speech in Abu Dhabi on 7 March 2016 while he was Vice-President to President Barack Obama.

    Biden said at the time that, during his many trips to the Balkans, Iraq and Afghanistan he regretted that “folks back home” don't fully understand the troops’ “sacrifice for the country,” according to the official transcript, archived in the White House’s Office of the Vice-President.

    Biden then apparently made an attempt to crack some jokes, quipping:

    “And I want you to know notwithstanding what you may hear about me, I have incredibly good judgment. One, I married Jill. And two, I appointed Johnson to the academy. I just want you to know that. Clap for that, you stupid bastards. Come on, man. Man, you are a dull bunch. Must be slow here, man. I don't know,” he said.

    Despite footage of Biden’s speech, including the “stupid bastards” remarks, having been available on YouTube since 2017, it resurfaced late on 25 September, immediately generating a barrage of comments, with netizens heatedly arguing whether the tape was “doctored” and a “fake”.

    ​Biden critics insisted the footage clearly showed the current Democratic presidential candidate being “denigrating”.

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