Joe Biden clarified his comments about Vice President Mike Pence being a "decent guy" following criticism on Twitter because of Pence's position on LGBTQ rights.
"I was making a point in a foreign policy context, that under normal circumstances a Vice President wouldn't be given a silent reaction on the world stage," he tweeted Thursday. "But there is nothing decent about being anti-LGBTQ rights, and that includes the Vice President."
Biden, the former Vice President who is considering a presidential run in 2020, made his initial comments about Pence during a speech in Omaha. He was discussing foreign policy and reaction to Pence's speech at the Munich Security Conference earlier this month.
"The fact of the matter is it was followed on by a guy who's a decent guy, our vice president, who stood before this group of allies and leaders and said, 'I'm here on behalf of President Trump,' and there was dead silence. Dead silence," Biden recounted Thursday at the Chuck Hagel Forum in Global Leadership at the University of Nebraska at Omaha.
Actress and activist Cynthia Nixon criticized Biden on Twitter: "You've just called America's most anti-LGBT elected leader a 'decent guy.' Please consider how this falls on the ears of our community."
Biden responded with his clarification.
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