Democratic presidential frontrunner and former vice president Joe Biden was called out during an LGBT forum on Friday, when a moderator questioned how the community could trust him after he referred to Vice President Mike Pence as a "decent guy."
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Biden was participating in an Iowa candidate's forum sponsored by GLAAD when he was questioned by Cedar Rapids Gazette columnist Lyz Lenz, who said, "In 1994 you did voted for 'don't ask don't tell,' and in 1996 you voted for the Defense of Marriage Act. You did vote to repeal both of those, but you have also praised Vice President Mike Pence as a 'decent guy.'"
The audience booed in reaction to Lenz's last line. Biden responded to her, "You're a lovely person."
"I'm just asking the questions that people wanna know," Lenz replied, gaining loud applause.
"Alright, fire away," Biden responded. To which Lenz said, "So, I guess it goes without saying Pence is opposed to LGBTQ rights, so, the question that arises from these is, how can LGBTQ people trust that you won't compromise on issues that put them at risk, in order to cross the aisle to people like Pence."
Biden went on to tout his credentials as "the first person nationally to come out" in support of gay marriage.
Lenz bragged later on Twitter, "As I was walking off the stage with @JoeBiden he said to me dryly, "You're a real sweetheart." She then told her followers, "This is why," posting footage of their exchange.
On social media, folks were quick to note the fact that the forum's audience considered calling a political foe a "decent guy" was worthy of ridicule. T. Becket Adams of The Washington Examiner tweeted, "I love that calling Mike Pence a 'decent guy' is lumped into the same category as voting for Don't Ask, Don't Tell and DOMA."