Joe Biden During Female Senator’s Swearing-In: ‘Spread Your Legs, You’re Going to Be Frisked’

WASHINGTON, DC – JANUARY 03: U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) (L) participates in a reenacted swearing-in with her husband Darwin Lange (C) and U.S. Vice President Joe Biden in the Old Senate Chamber at the U.S. Capitol January 3, 2013 in Washington, DC. Biden swore in the newly-elected and re-elected senators earlier in the day on the floor of the current Senate chamber. Credit: Getty Images

Almost immediately after taking her oath of office on Thursday, incoming Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.) and her family became the latest victim of a Joe Biden gaffe.

While posing for a picture with the vice president, he told her husband: “Spread your legs, you’re going to be frisked.” Biden was responding to one of the photographers who asked everyone to drop their hands to the sides.

“Drop your hands to your sides,” Biden added. “You say that to somebody in North Dakota, they think it’s a frisk.”

“They think you’re in trouble, right?” the vice president asked Heitkamp’s husband, who just shrugged at him.

Watch the clip of Joe being Joe via C-SPAN 2/Washington Free Beacon:

​This story has been updated to clarify the remark seems to have been directed at Heikamp’s husband.


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