WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Lara Trump, President Donald Trump‘s daughter-in-law and campaign adviser, made fun of Joe Biden‘s speech patterns, seemingly unaware that the former Vice President used to stutter.
- Lara’s husband, Eric, has also made fun of Biden’s speech, once telling Fox News: “Biden can’t get through two sentences without stuttering.”
- Biden, 77, has let the public know about his speech impediment, said he overcame his stutter as an adult.
President Donald Trump‘s daughter-in-law and campaign adviser, Lara Trump, this week attacked Joe Biden‘s speech patterns — seemingly unaware of the former Vice President’s history with a stutter.
Lara, Eric Trump‘s wife, was participating on Thursday in a panel at a “Women for Trump” event in Des Moines, Iowa.
While talking about the Democratic candidates hoping to challenge President Trump, Lara said: “I feel kind of sad for Joe Biden. I’m supposed to want him to fail at every turn, but every time he comes on stage or they turn to him I’m like, ‘Joe can you get it out? Let’s get the words out Joe.’ The problem is that’s their front-runner.”
— Adam Brewster (@adam_brew) January 17, 2020
Biden, 77, has made the public know about his speech impediment, including in a recent article in The Atlantic. He said he overcame his stutter as an adult.
In 2011, Biden recounted painful childhood bullying to People, saying that he endured because of his stutter. “You get so desperate, you’re so embarrassed,” Biden remembered then.
He has also spoken out about how Trump reminds him of the bullies who made fun of him for his speech impediment when he was younger.
“The idea that I’d be intimidated by Donald Trump? He’s the bully that I knew my whole life,” he told CNN last July. “He’s the bully that I’ve always stood up to. He’s the bully that used to make fun of me as a kid with a stutter and I’d smack him in the mouth.”
In mid-December, former White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders apologized for making fun of Biden’s stutter in a now-deleted tweet.
“I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I hhhave absolutely no idea what Biden is talking about. #DemDebate,” she wrote on Dec. 19.
Biden responded: “I’ve worked my whole life to overcome a stutter. And it’s my great honor to mentor kids who have experienced the same. It’s called empathy. Look it up.”
Lara’s husband, Eric, has also spoken derisively of Biden’s speech, once telling Fox News: “Biden can’t get through two sentences without stuttering.”
Biden didn’t respond to Lara’s Thursday remarks but shared a video of him speaking publicly with a message rallying against hateful rhetoric.
“Hate never goes away; it just hides,” Biden wrote. “And when leaders give it oxygen — as Donald Trump has done — it comes roaring back.”