The former vice president was in Detroit, Michigan, touring a factory with reporters when he was stopped by a construction worker accusing him of trying to "diminish our Second Amendment right and take away our guns."
As one of Biden's aides tried to move him along, he shushed her, telling the factory worker, “You’re full of s**t.”
"I support the Second Amendment. Just like right now if you yell ‘fire,’ that’s not free speech,” Biden said, adding that he owns a number of guns and his sons are avid hunters.
"I'm not taking your gun away — at all. You need 100 rounds?” he said.
The worker responded that he saw a video where Biden and former presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke spoke about passing gun control legislation during a campaign stop.
Biden continued to use harsh language with the man during the back-and-forth, telling him, “Don’t be such a horse’s a*s.”
“Here’s the deal. Are you able to own a machine gun?” Biden asked the man, adding that legislators simply want to ban AR-15s in the same way.
The man went back at Biden again, saying most people are killed with handguns and arguing that a ban on AR-15s was unnecessary. By that point, Biden's campaign aides managed to pull him away, and the interaction ended.
But the video was shared profusely by people on both sides of the debate. President Donald Trump and the National Rifle Association shared the video multiple times to criticize Biden while others on the left criticized him for using foul language with a potential supporter, according to CNN.
Watch @JoeBiden get WRECKED by a gun owner.— NRA (@NRA) March 10, 2020
When asked about his gun control schemes (led by Beto “Hell yes, we're going to take your AR-15” O’Rourke), Joe screamed at the patriot saying he is "full of sh*t" and doesn’t need "AR-14s".
Joe: Gun owners see through your lies. pic.twitter.com/4AYQjSBGAT
1. Joe Biden told the man he was “full of shit.”— Shaun King (@shaunking) March 10, 2020
2. Then told woman “shush. Shush.”
3. Then put his finger in the man’s face.
4. When the man asks him to remove his finger, Joe Biden tells the man he’s about to “slap his face.”
🆘 THIS IS NOT OK.
I wish people were as outraged about 100 gun deaths per day & 250 people wounded by gun fire as they are about @JoeBiden’s language. As you’re clutching your pearls, think about the families whose loved ones have been impacted by gun violence #GoodForJoe pic.twitter.com/XPZlD7OZMg— Khary Penebaker (@kharyp) March 10, 2020
INSANE. Joe Biden just told a voter that he’s “Full of Sh*t” about gun control and then proceeded to talk about if he needs an “AR-14”— Brigitte Gabriel (@ACTBrigitte) March 10, 2020
His poor staffer was desperately trying to get him away from the scene.
This is prime time worthy stuff 😂
Some people praised Biden for his response to the factory worker.
Good for Joe.— Shannon Watts (@shannonrwatts) March 10, 2020
For decades the @NRA has convinced politicians they had to cower from the issue of gun safety, despite 40,000 gun deaths every year in America.
Vice Presdent @JoeBiden will go toe-to-toe with gun extremists AND the gun lobby as President. pic.twitter.com/XkueJ9EyBN
MAGA Cultist tells Joe Biden that he’s actively trying to take his guns away.— Ricky Davila (@TheRickyDavila) March 10, 2020
Joe Biden to him: “Youre full of shit.”
MAGA Cultists: OMG!!! OUTRAGE!!!
trump: “Grab them by the pussy.”
MAGA Cultists: Locker room talk!
Good for Joe. 👊
Despite the criticism, Biden's team considered the incident positive, telling reporters that it was an example of Biden's willingness to take on critics and address tough issues.
When asked about his tense altercation with a factory worker about guns, unity candidate Joe Biden said, "I'm surprised that Sanders is joining Trump," because nothing matters.pic.twitter.com/ovm4nuWMVu— Cody Johnston (@drmistercody) March 10, 2020
Some even commented on the funny reactions of other workers in the video.
The look on this brother’s face when Biden tells the redneck he’s full of shit 😭💀 pic.twitter.com/kZbjg7bdM6— chris evans (@notcapnamerica) March 11, 2020
Despite the fraught interaction, Biden managed to handily win primaries in Idaho, Michigan, Mississippi and Missouri on Tuesday over his two remaining Democratic opponents, Bernie Sanders and Tulsi Gabbard.
Biden's win in Michigan has cemented his status as the frontrunner, and he continues to rack up endorsements from Black leaders across the country. The former vice president now leads the race with 837 delegates to Sanders' 689, needing a total of 1,991 to win the nomination.