Biden Calls Putin a 'Crazy SOB' 02/22 06:27
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- During a fundraiser for his reelection campaign
Wednesday night, President Joe Biden called Russian President Vladimir Putin a
"crazy SOB" and took aim at former President Donald Trump's comments comparing
himself to the Russian opposition leader who died last week in an Arctic prison.
Biden was talking about climate change when he said, "We have a crazy SOB
like Putin and others, and we always have to worry about nuclear conflict, but
the existential threat to humanity is climate."
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov commented by saying that Biden's "churlish"
remark could hardly hurt Putin but was a "huge shame" for the U.S. "Clearly,
Mr. Biden behaves in the Hollywood cowboy style to serve internal political
interests," Peskov said.
Speaking to donors at a private San Francisco home Wednesday as part of a
three-day California swing to raise money for his 2024 reelection campaign,
Biden also said he was astounded by recent comments made by his likely
Trump compared the suspicious prison death of Russian opposition leader
Alexei Navalny to his own legal troubles in the U.S. Trump was fined $350
million after a New York judge found he lied for years about his wealth on
financial statements in his companies. Trump said the ruling was a form of
"communism or fascism."
"Some of the things that this fellow's been saying, like he's comparing
himself to Navalny and saying that -- because our country's become a communist
country, he was persecuted, just like Navalny was persecuted. I don't know
where the hell this comes from," Biden said.
"I mean, if I stood here 10, 15 years ago and said any of this, you'd all
think I should be committed," he said. "It astounds me."
"I've been around a long time and I've never quite seen a crowd like this
MAGA Republican crowd," Biden added, referring to Trump's "Make America Great
Again" slogan. "They seem to have very little moral compass on what is
important to people."
During a campaign fundraiser in Beverly Hills on Tuesday night, Biden
highlighted his efforts to help middle-class Americans and warned that a win in
November for Trump could lead to a nationwide abortion ban, more Republican
efforts to undo the health insurance program started during President Barack
Obama's administration and more policies that would disproportionately help the