Joe Biden chided for referring to unscrupulous bankers as ‘Shylocks’

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Joe Biden used the term "shylock" today. That's Vice President Joe Biden.

— Blackburn Review©®™ (@BlackburnReview) September 17, 2014

Anti-Defamation League National Director Abraham Foxman said Tuesday night that Vice President Joe Biden “should have been more careful” when he described unscrupulous bankers who prey on servicemen deployed overseas as “Shylocks,” reports Yahoo News.

Biden’s slip came in a speech to the Legal Services Corporation, which provides lawyers to Americans who could not afford them otherwise. In his remarks, the vice president described the experience of his son, Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden, who was deployed for one year in Iraq.

“People would come to him and talk about what was happening to them at home in terms of foreclosures, in terms of bad loans that were being — I mean, these Shylocks who took advantage of these women and men while overseas,” Biden said.

Foxman was gentle on the vice president, blaming deeply embedded stereotypes for the fact that “someone as friendly to the Jewish community and open and tolerant an individual as is Vice President Joe Biden” would use such a term. Sounds like another free pass for crazy Uncle Joe.

Joe Biden uses the term “Shylock,” gets away with it because he’s a Dem and Jewish Dems don’t care.

— Ken Gardner (@kesgardner) September 17, 2014

A heartbeat away folks. A heartbeat away

— Seth Mandel (@SethAMandel) September 17, 2014

this is another chance for the media to tell us that a Democrat's use of ethnically-insulting language is "earthy" or "folksy" @SethAMandel

— iLoveScienceSexually (@AceofSpadesHQ) September 17, 2014

@AceofSpadesHQ I mean how many times can they use "he's just dumb! That's all!" excuse? There has to be a limit.

— Seth Mandel (@SethAMandel) September 17, 2014

They don't actually admit that though. They resort to euphemism, and say "Well that's Just Joe." @SethAMandel

— iLoveScienceSexually (@AceofSpadesHQ) September 17, 2014

If they admitted he was just dumb as bag of cat toys then I wouldn't have a problem. I'd just nod and say, "Okay then."@SethAMandel

— iLoveScienceSexually (@AceofSpadesHQ) September 17, 2014

@AceofSpadesHQ Right, fair enough. They just don't expect any better of him, but they leave unsaid exactly why.

— Seth Mandel (@SethAMandel) September 17, 2014

if I say "Golf," it's a racist dog-whistle, but if the Vice President calls sharp-dealers "Shylocks," that's Just Joe Bein' Joe.

— iLoveScienceSexually (@AceofSpadesHQ) September 17, 2014

Joe Biden: I tell you what, you can't walk into one of these banksters' places without hearing a Shylock accent, and I'm not kidding.

— iLoveScienceSexually (@AceofSpadesHQ) September 17, 2014

@AceofSpadesHQ @SethAMandel He's a certifiable, card carrying racist. I don't care how many trains he rode to Washington.

— Doreen Dickson (@DoreenHDickson) September 17, 2014

Which ethnic group has Joe Biden NOT insulted.

— S.M (@redsteeze) September 17, 2014



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