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Joe Biden on domestic violence: Not ‘your garden variety slap across the face’

Dear Joe Biden (@VP) what is a "garden variety" slap in the face"?

— RB (@RBPundit) March 13, 2013

This is what our vice president has to say about domestic violence:

Hi @vp What the hell exactly DOES qualify as a “Garden Variety” slap?…

— S.M (@redsteeze) March 13, 2013

Hey #waronwomen I know you’re busy bitching abt today’s moment of faux outrage but @vp just ref’d to ‘garden variety slaps across the face’.

— LilMissErinGoBragh (@LilMissRightie) March 13, 2013

[Editor’s note: This video cuts off just before Biden says that even a “garden variety slap” is “totally unacceptable in and of itself.”]

Pardon our French, but what the hell is the matter with this guy?

Garden variety slap across the face? Is Biden saying that’s no biggie?

— Melissa Clouthier (@MelissaTweets) March 13, 2013

Dear Joe Biden (@vp) what is a “garden variety” slap in the face”?

— RB (@RBPundit) March 13, 2013

OMG Joe Biden. So by your logic it’s okay to slap a woman across the face?…

— Wacko Bird Redness (@mchastain81) March 13, 2013

Seriously, what is wrong with Biden?

— Aaron Gardner (@Aaron_RS) March 13, 2013

Never stop talking Joe Biden…Never.

— S.M (@redsteeze) March 13, 2013

<- has never hit a woman in a “garden variety” way, or ever. @vp

— RB (@RBPundit) March 13, 2013

Hey @sandrafluke… is it ok to give your woman a “garden variety” slap in the face? Asking for a friend.

— Rick Wilson (@TheRickWilson) March 13, 2013

Is there a #GardenVariety form of rape? #GardenVariety form of assault? #GardenVariety form of child abuse? Explain, Joe Biden.

— Wacko Bird Redness (@mchastain81) March 13, 2013

If Dick Cheney uttered the phrase “garden variety slap across the face,” it would still be on the front page of the New York Times today

— Cameron Gray (@Cameron_Gray) March 13, 2013

Only Biden could refer to a ‘garden variety slap across the face’ & the media will complicity go mum. He’s not just an idiot. He’s a scumbag

— LilMissErinGoBragh (@LilMissRightie) March 13, 2013

What is a #GardenvVariety slap across the face? One that doesn’t leave any marks?

— Wacko Bird Redness (@mchastain81) March 13, 2013

Cop – “Did you hit her?” Biden – “Sure but it was just garden variety” Cop “Ok, you’re free to go” cc @vp

— S.M (@redsteeze) March 13, 2013

Hey @sandrafluke… is it ok to give your woman a “garden variety” slap in the face? Asking for a friend.

— Rick Wilson (@TheRickWilson) March 13, 2013

So different types of rapes = career killing. Different types of domestic violence? Just crazy old Joe! He didn’t mean it!

— Tabitha Hale (@TabithaHale) March 13, 2013

So does #VAWA protect women against a “garden variety slap in the face” ? Asking for a “friend” –> ( @vp )

— Wacko Bird Amy(@CAAmyO) March 13, 2013

“Officer, it was a garden-variety slap in the face.” “Well, Chris Brown, if it’s good enough for the Veep, it’s good enough for me.”

— John Podhoretz (@jpodhoretz) March 13, 2013

It wasn’t a slap-slap, just a #gardenvariety slap. #ShadesOfDomesticViolence

— OceanMeld (@OceanMeld) March 13, 2013

“Garden variety” slapping?!? That is a thing? If that doesn’t make abuse of women sound benign, I don’t know what does.

— Michelle (@MPeper) March 13, 2013

“Don’t you talk back to me young lady or I will give you such a non garden variety slap across your face you will never forget” – Joe Biden

— S.M (@redsteeze) March 13, 2013

When does @vp stop getting a pass just because he’s an idiot? He’s also the Vice President of the United States.

— Tabitha Hale (@TabithaHale) March 13, 2013

Only a heartbeat away, folks.

Ladies: stay away from Joe Biden’s garden.

— Matt Bramanti (@mattbramanti) March 13, 2013

Gladly. In the mean time, we hope Jill Biden will have a heart-to-heart with her garden-variety jackass hubby.

You’d think Biden’s casual familiarity with “garden variety” domestic abuse would concern people.

— John Ekdahl, Jr. (@JohnEkdahl) March 13, 2013

Is Jill Biden on Twitter? Asking for a friend of the Garden Variety type.

— S.M (@redsteeze) March 13, 2013



#GardenVariety war on women: Joe Biden’s putrid abuse-diminishing ‘garden variety slap’ remark sparks backlash

Editor’s note: This post has been updated to include more from Biden’s remarks. While he did minimize the seriousness of a “garden variety slap,” he also called such abuse “totally unacceptable.”

We’ve learned that certain behaviors on the part of an abuser portend much more danger than other behaviors. For example, if an abuser has attempted to strangle his victim, if he has threatened to shoot her, if he has sexually assaulted her, and there’s a number of other signs, about eight others. These are tell-tale signs to say this isn’t your garden-variety slap across the face which is totally unacceptable in and of itself.

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