Biden Slams Donald Trump for PTSD Remarks: "His Ignorance Is So Profound"
"He is just so thoroughly, completely uninformed," the vice president said in a passionate speech.
Joe Biden ripped into Donald Trump for his controversial remarks about PTSD.
At an event for military veterans, Trump was asked about how he would improve programs for veterans suffering from PTSD and he said, "When you talk about the mental health problems, when people come back from war and combat and they see things that maybe a lot of folks in this room have seen many times over and you're strong and you can handle it, but a lot of people can't handle it."
In a CNN interview that aired Tuesday morning, Biden was asked about Trump's remarks.
"This is an ignorant man," the vice president said of Trump. "This guy says things he has no idea about. He's not a bad man, but his ignorance is so profound. So profound."
Biden revealed he requests daily updates from the defense department on how many military members are wounded or killed. “The number of people coming home with unseen injuries — post-traumatic stress and traumatic brain injury — is significantly higher. What's this say about a guy who doesn't have any notion of that? Look at what these kids are going through. Look at the sacrifices they're making. And look what they go to sleep dreading."
Biden shared a story about being asked to pin a Silver Star on a veteran who went into a burning Humvee in an attempt to save his friend after an IED exploded. The veteran told Biden he didn't want the medal because his friend had ended up dying.
"That kid probably goes to sleep every night with a nightmare," said Biden. "And this guy doesn't understand any of that? How can he not understand that? How can he be so out of touch? He's not a bad guy. But how can he be so out of touch and ask to lead this country?"
Biden was even more passionate about the topic at a Florida campaign rally for Hillary Clinton on Monday night.
"Where in the hell is he from?" said Biden after quoting Trump's comments. Biden talked about his late son Beau's service in Iraq and shared the Silver Star story with the audience from Sarasota.
After emphatically talking about the people who have died in the war he said, "Every one of those warriors left behind an entire family." He talked about the unseen wounds and suicides that occur when soldiers return home.
'I don't think he was trying to be mean," Biden said of Trump. "He is just so thoroughly, completely uninformed."