Former Vice President Joe Biden dodged the question about whether he stands by calling Scott Simpson, who runs the Pence Communications Group, a white supremacist and now a lobbyist, a “congressional staffer.”
CNN’s Dana Bash asked Biden on Thursday: “When Vice President Joe Biden called Scott Simpson ‘a congressional staffer, who recently has been identified as a white supremacist,’ how do you explain it to your children and other Americans?”
“Dana, I take it you’re telling me this because you’re asking the question,” Biden said. “I take it you’re not just hearing what I’m telling you. I take it you’re writing that.”
Bash pressed Biden about the charges, which first surfaced in 2016 and later reached new prominence after the shooting of former aide to the Vice President Ricky Hall.
Biden continued: “Scott Simpson is not working for me. Scott Simpson is not working for the vice president of the United States.”
CNN reported that members of Democratic leadership spoke out against Biden’s handling of the case after his comments, and that it brought tension within the Democratic Party.