Asked to clarify his comments about former Democratic Vice President Joe Biden as being a "mentally deficient idiot," America's Mayor Rudy Giuliani, who is an attorney for President Trump, said he didn't mean it that way but meant to say that Biden is "dumb," because of his class ranking in law school and his instances of plagiarism.
On CNN's Cuomo Prime Time, June 15, host Chris Cuomo said to Giuliani, "Why would you call Joe Biden what you called him today?"
Giuliani responded, "That he's dumb?"
Cuomo then said, "No. That would have been a compliment. That would have been like an invitation to prom. You called him a mentally deficient idiot."
Giuliani clarified, "Oh, I didn't mean that. I mean, he was -- he's not -- he's dumb. I think Joe was last in his law school class."
Biden reportedly was 76th out of a class of 85 law students at Syracuse University. In 1987, as a U.S. senator, Biden claimed he had finished in the top half of his law school class, a falsehood uncoved by Newsweek at the time.
"And he had a plagiarism problem in law school," said Giuliani, a former federal prosecutor and a former mayor New York City. "He had a plagiarism problem as a senator, which I think indicates something about character, constantly making faux pas."
Cuomo then asked if Giuliani really thinks Biden is stupid. Giuliani said, "In that category, I think he is. I think that explains the plagiarism. I think the plagiarism is serious. I don't think he'll get beyond that. ... He was a United States senator" when he plagiarized.
In the 1987 presidential campaign, Senator Biden plagiarized parts of a speech from British politician Neil Kinnock. Biden's deceit was eventually exposed by New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd and Biden was forced to withdraw from his campaign.
Biden was also accused of allegedly lifting "parts of other speeches from Hubert Humphrey, Robert Kennedy, and JFK," reported CBS 6 TV.
Biden also admitted, in 1987, that he had plagiarized a law review article "for a paper he wrote in his first year at law school," reported the New York Times.