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Biden knocks Huckabee Sanders's tweet criticizing stuttering moment: 'It's called empathy. Look it up'

Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenFear of insider attack prompts additional FBI screening of National Guard troops: AP Iran convicts American businessman on spying charge: report DC, state capitals see few issues, heavy security amid protest worries MORE knocked former White House press secretary Sarah HuckabeeSarah SandersHouse Republican condemns anti-Trump celebrities during impeachment hearing Sarah Sanders on Trump's reported war dead criticism: 'Those comments didn't happen' Sarah Sanders memoir reportedly says Trump joked she should hook up with Kim Jong Un MORE Sanders over a since-deleted tweet that appeared to mock a moment of stuttering in the waning moments of Thursday's Democratic presidential primary debate in Los Angeles.

While talking about Americans he has met along the campaign trail, Biden recalled a child telling him "I can't talk," and mimicked the child's stutter over the word "I." Biden has publicly spoken about his own struggles overcoming a stutter.

Almost immediately, Sanders tweeted, "I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I hhhave absolutely no idea what Biden is talking about." 

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She then followed it up with a tweet saying, "To be clear was not trying to make fun of anyone with a speech impediment. Simply pointing out I can't follow much of anything Biden is talking about."

Both tweets have since been deleted.

"I’ve worked my whole life to overcome a stutter," Biden tweeted in reply. "And it’s my great honor to mentor kids who have experienced the same. It’s called empathy. Look it up."

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Sanders apologized soon after, saying "I actually didn’t know that about you and that is commendable."

However, before she was able to tweet her apology, lawmakers and commentators had responded.

 

Sen. Brian SchatzBrian Emanuel SchatzFor platform regulation Congress should use a European cheat sheet Senate Democrats rebuke GOP colleagues who say they'll oppose Electoral College results 11 Senate Republicans say they will oppose Electoral College results Wednesday MORE (D-Hawaii) said, "Sometimes I delete tweets that I regret."