Anti-Defamation League National Director Abraham Foxman said Tuesday night that Vice President Joe Biden “should have been more careful” when he described unscrupulous bankers who prey on servicemen deployed overseas as “Shylocks,” reports Yahoo News.
Biden’s slip came in a speech to the Legal Services Corporation, which provides lawyers to Americans who could not afford them otherwise. In his remarks, the vice president described the experience of his son, Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden, who was deployed for one year in Iraq.
“People would come to him and talk about what was happening to them at home in terms of foreclosures, in terms of bad loans that were being — I mean, these Shylocks who took advantage of these women and men while overseas,” Biden said.
Foxman was gentle on the vice president, blaming deeply embedded stereotypes for the fact that “someone as friendly to the Jewish community and open and tolerant an individual as is Vice President Joe Biden” would use such a term. Sounds like another free pass for crazy Uncle Joe.