Joe Biden tells audience: "I may be Irish but I'm not stupid"
We've been called worse, but still.
Heading into the new year, former Vice President Joe Biden remains at the front of the pack of Democrats hoping to unseat Donald Trump in November's presidential election.
However, Biden is well-known for making off-the-cuff comments that cause controversy, and it seems that his Irish heritage is at the heart of the latest "gaffe."
According to John Mulholland, Editor of The Guardian US, Biden told a crowd in Iowa that: "I may be Irish, but I'm not stupid." Mulholland, who is originally from Dublin, also noted: "Wonder what Irish people (like me) would make of that."
Mulholland's tweet has gathered a lot of steam, with well over 1,000 likes on Twitter, but it remains to be seen whether the remark impacts Biden's support.
It's actually not the first time that Biden has used this line. In 2015, Biden was recorded using the very same phrase while speaking to Senator Lindsey Graham.
Joe Biden at a forum for Democratic candidates in Iowa "I may be Irish, but I'm not stupid." Wonder what Irish people (like me) would make of that. #Teamsters2020
— john mulholland (@jnmulholland) December 7, 2019
Biden's old-school speaking style has become a talking point on the campaign trail, not least since he unveiled his new slogan "No Malarkey!"
Biden, who is now 77 years old, can trace his lineage back to Louth and Derry on his mother's side. His mother was born Catherine Finnegan.