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Joe Biden Faces Left-Wing Backlash Over 2015 Cheney Video

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Peter Hasson Senior Reporter

Former Vice President Joe Biden is facing backlash from the political left after a clip of him calling former Vice President Dick Cheney a “decent man” in 2015 resurfaced online Thursday.

“I actually like Dick Cheney, for real. I get on with him. I think he’s a decent man,” Biden said at an October 2015 symposium at the University of Minnesota.

The clip went viral after Emma Vigeland, a correspondent with left-wing outlet The Young Turks, posted it online.

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Biden’s mild praise for the former vice president was enough to spark an online backlash.

“Dick Cheney was the architect of war crimes, but OK,” MSNBC host Chris Hayes wrote in a widely shared tweet.

Other leftists were similarly critical of Biden.

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Biden faced similar backlash in February after he described Vice President Mike Pence as a “decent guy.” (RELATED: 9 Radical Policies 2020 Democrats Are Putting On The Table)

He later backtracked following criticism from actress Cynthia Nixon.

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