A controversial video was released on Friday, Sept. 25, in which the current candidate for the presidency of the Democratic Party, Joe Biden, appeared, referring to American soldiers as “stupid [expletive removed]” and “a dull bunch” while he was giving a lecture abroad in front of the country’s troops.

“I have incredibly good judgment,” Biden said. “One, I married Jill, and two, I appointed Johnson to the academy. I just want you to know that. Clap for that, you stupid [expletive removed],” he said.

After that, there is another video clip where Biden refers to the soldiers as “a dull bunch” where they “must be slow.” The statements were confirmed by Biden’s presidential campaign, but they assured that he was saying it “in jest.”

An inscription accompanying the YouTube video states, “Vice President Joe Biden, recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom calls a room full of servicemen and servicewomen at an undisclosed location in southwest Asia stupid [expletive removed] in March 2016. A real class act.”

According to campaign spokesman Andrew Bates, “Vice President Biden was jokingly encouraging the audience to clap for an airwoman on the stage, and a number of service members can be seen laughing and smiling at the comment,” according to The Daily Beast.

Bates added that on top of that Biden “thanked them for their patriotism and courage at all times, and closed his remarks by saying, ‘You are the greatest generation of warriors the world has ever known,’ to an enthusiastic ovation.

The video was released after The Atlantic newspaper criticized President Trump earlier this month, citing anonymous sources for allegedly referring to soldiers killed in combat as “losers” and “fools” during a trip to France in 2018.

White House  deputy chief of staff for communications and Director of Social Media Dan Scavino called the Atlantic article “offensive and patently untrue.”

“I was with POTUS in France, with Sarah, and have been at his side throughout it all. Complete lies by ‘anonymous sources’ that were ‘dropped’ just as he begins to campaign (and surge). A disgraceful attempt to smear POTUS, 60 days before the Presidential Election! Disgusting!!” wrote Scavino via Twitter.

Alyssa Farah, director of strategic communications at the White House, wrote on her Twitter account, “On that Atlantic piece: It’s offensive & patently false. @realDonaldTrump holds the military in the highest regard. He’s demonstrated his commitment to the force: delivering a pay raise to our troops, increasing military $$, signing vets reform & supporting military spouses.”

After the release of President Trump’s video that allegedly denigrated the troops and was refuted by at least 21 official sources, Biden tweeted, “Mr. President, if you don’t respect our troops, you can’t lead them.”

According to the Daily Wire, Biden said, “If what is written in The Atlantic is true, it’s disgusting,” the former vice president continued, “And it affirms what most of us believe to be true: That Donald Trump is not fit to do the job of president, to be the commander in chief.”

In contrast to Biden’s defamatory statements, on Sept. 6, Donald Trump Jr. released a video showing an Air Force veteran heading to Biden to vent his outrage at having supported the Iraq War while he was vice president of the United States.

“We are wondering why we should vote for someone who voted for a war & enabled a war that killed thousands of our brothers & sisters?… Their blood is on your hands,” said the veteran, “My friends are dead because of your policies!”