During his keynote speech to the Human Rights Campaign’s Spring Equality Convention on Friday, Vice President Joe Biden took a shot at GOP presidential hopeful Ben Carson’s comments on homosexuality earlier this week, drawing big laughs and applause from the audience.
“Seriously, don’t misread the political trends in history here,” Biden said in a speech before the gay rights group Human Rights Campaign. “Now, every ridiculous assertion from Dr. Carson on — I mean, Jesus. God. I mean, oh God.”
Biden was reacting to Carson’s controversial comments in a Wednesday interview on CNN with Chris Cuomo. In the interview, Carson claims homosexuality is “absolutely” a choice because straight men who come out of the prison system as gay prove it.
“Because a lot of people who go into prison, go into prison straight. And when they come out, they’re gay. So did something happen while they were in there? Ask yourself that question,” Carson said.
Biden said that “even two years ago,” homophobic statements would have been “if not embraced, not viewed as having generated any political liability.”
“I mean, it’s kind of hard to fathom, isn’t it?” he asked. “But think about the universal ridicule. That wouldn’t have happened two years ago, five years ago. It matters.”[Skip to the 18:40 mark below]