Texas Senator and Republican presidential hopeful Ted Cruz posted an apology on his Facebook page late Wednesday, hours after leveling an old punchline at a grieving father, Vice President Joe Biden.
Calling the insult “an old joke,” Cruz admitted on Facebook that its use was poorly timed.
“Vice President Joe Biden,” Cruz said at a Republican dinner in southeast Michigan on Wednesday, pausing for effect. “You know the nice thing? You don’t need a punchline.”
Joe Biden’s eldest son, former Delaware State Attorney General Beau Biden, died of brain cancer on Saturday. He was 46. His body on Thursday will lie in honor at the Delaware state Senate chamber, after a processional from the Delaware city of Wilmington to its capital city, Dover.
A funeral mass is set for Saturday, with a eulogy delivered by President Barack Obama.
Ted Cruz’s insensitive gaffe Wednesday, meanwhile, has him looking anything but presidential, said many who took to social media.
Cornered by reporters after the speech, Cruz offered condolences to the Biden family, but declined to answer why he made a joke about the vice president at such a time.
Beau Biden is survived by his wife, Hallie, and their two children. A foundation dedicated to children’s welfare has been created in memory of the two-term attorney general, who had plans to run for Delaware state governor in 2016, the Beau Biden Foundation for the Protection of Children.