Candidate for the 2020 presidential election, Joe Biden went after President Donald Trump during the Democratic debate in New Hampshire on Friday, Feb. 7, saying that he should have awarded the Medal of Freedom to Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman instead of nationally syndicated radio host Rush Limbaugh.

“Colonel Vindman got thrown out of the White House today, walked out,” Biden said. “[President Trump] should have been pinning a medal on Vindman and not on Rush Limbaugh.”

Vindman was fired just hours before in the day and was escorted out of the White House along with his twin brother, Lt. Col. Yevgeny Vindman, who also worked at the National Security Council.

Vindman was one of the key witnesses and was praised by Democrats for coming forward and testifying during impeachment proceedings against President Trump.

Biden then told the crowd to stand and applaud Vindman, saying, “Stand up and clap for Vindman! Get up there. That’s who we are. We are not what Trump is.”

Earlier this week, when asked for his thoughts on President Trump awarding Limbaugh the Presidential Medal of Freedom during his State of the Union address on Tuesday night, Biden shook his head and called the radio legend racist.

“Rush Limbaugh spent his entire time on the air dividing people, belittling people, talking about blacks in ways, African Americans in ways that. Anyways,” Biden said. “He doesn’t understand the American code of decency and honor.”

Biden was also bestowed the honor by former President Barack Obama. He proceeded to say he is sympathetic to Limbaugh, who is struggling with advanced stage 4 lung cancer, despite his ideological opposition. 

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