From the August 9 edition of Bloomberg’s With All Due Respect:
MARK HALPERIN (CO-HOST): “He tries to pull my Berretta, he’s got a problem.” Talking about his running mate, a guy who’s under, both of whom were under Secret Service protection at the time. Same, to me, same kind of thing. He seemed to be making a joke about someone else who is being protected, who has had death threats against him, saying “you mess with my guns, you’ll have a problem.”
DONNY DEUTSCH (CO-HOST): One was a, somebody he was talking about who is his partner and friend, and the other was prescriptive talking to people to do something. Yes, both humorous. You could say that was in bad taste --
HALPERIN: Should Joe Biden have taken heat for that joke?
DEUTSCH: I think you have to put it in context. I think like any –
HALPERIN: Yes or no, should Joe Biden have taken heat for that joke?
HALPERIN: I say yes.
HALPERIN: Why? He is making a joke about saying, if Barack Obama tries to take --
DEUTSCH: Because its self – it would be like if you and I were joking –
HALPERIN: It's a joke threatening violence. It’s the exact same thing. A joke threatening violence.