President Joe Biden showed his feisty side on Monday when a heckler interrupted his speech in Milwaukee.
It’s not clear what the heckler was yelling about, but Biden responded with a “God love ya.”
As security moved toward the heckler, Biden urged them to back off.
“Let him go,” Biden said. “Look, everybody’s entitled to be an idiot.”
The crowd laughed.
“No, no,” he said. “Everybody is entitled, OK?”
Despite the president’s comments, footage showed event security escorting the man out of the area.
Biden used a similar line last week when protesters interrupted a speech he gave in Philadelphia, minus the “idiot” part.
“They’re entitled to be outrageous, this is a democracy,” he said, but added: “Good manners is nothing they’ve ever suffered from, but history and common sense tell us that opportunity, liberty and justice for all are most likely to come to pass in a democracy.”
Former President Donald Trump took the opposite approach at his rallies.
“Get him out! ” Trump ordered followers when a protester interrupted his speech during the 2016 campaign. “Try not to hurt him. If you do, I’ll defend you in court. Don’t worry about it.”
At another rally, Trump worried that protesters might have tomatoes.
“If you see somebody getting ready to throw a tomato, knock the crap out of them,” he said. “I’ll pay the legal fees.”
At a winter event in Vermont, Trump told security to take protesters’ coats before kicking them out.
“Throw them out into the cold,” he said. “Don’t give them their coats. No coats! Confiscate their coats.”
Biden asking security to let the “idiot” stay was celebrated by his supporters on social media, many of whom embraced the “Dark Brandon” meme and nickname that’s taken hold in recent weeks: