The 21-year-old college student who was jokingly called a "lying, dog-faced pony soldier" by Democratic presidential candidate Joseph R. Biden in New Hampshire on Sunday said after the now-viral moment that she doesn't believe the former vice president has what it takes to win. She asked Biden why he'd done so poorly in last week's Iowa caucuses.
She signaled that she had, to which Biden said: "No, you haven't".
Buttigieg has responded to Biden but hasn't attacked him in any ads, "and maybe that's because he doesn't need to, because Biden keeps attacking himself", The Daily Show's Trevor Noah said, showing the "lying dog-faced pony soldier" clip. You ever been to a caucus?
After trying to parse just exactly what that combination of words meant, and where they came from (Biden's campaign said the phrase is from an old John Wayne movie, but no one's been able to prove it yet), Noah suggested Biden drop the attacks against Mayor Pete and double down on his tendency to fight with, rather than court, voters.
He had used the response before in 2018, and adds that it is a quote from the John Wayne film Hondo.
"I'm a good Philly girl", she later told reporters, laughing.
"I've already spoken to Dick Harpootlian", said Biden, declining to call Steyer again.
"Joe, I want an answer", Steyer said minutes later. Biden's grumpiness does not appear to helping him on the campaign trail, as his third run for president measures up to be as unsuccessful as his first two.
As implied by the New Hampshire resident's question, early state primaries are calling Biden's viability for the national election into question.
But to bring even more attention to this insult and other off-the-cuff commentary from the forever VP, Noah and his team have created a Joe Biden Insult Bot.
The memo from the Unite the Country super PAC - seen as a signal of deep concerns among Biden supporters about the former vice president's White House prospects - warned that "donors hedging their bets on Biden because of [Mike] Bloomberg could be creating a doomsday scenario for the Democrats everywhere".