Former Vice President Joe Biden has been open about his struggles with stuttering as a child.
Former White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was forced to apologize Thursday night for making fun of former Vice President Joe Biden's stutter during the Democratic debate.
In a now-deleted tweet, Sanders made fun of Biden when he was describing how he mentored a child who had a stutter — a speech impediment that Biden suffered from and worked hard to overcome.
Biden shot back at Sanders' mocking of the speech impediment.
"I’ve worked my whole life to overcome a stutter. And it’s my great honor to mentor kids who have experienced the same," Biden tweeted in response. "It’s called empathy. Look it up."
Biden recently opened up about his struggles with stuttering with a reporter from the Atlantic, who still suffers from a stutter.
Biden described a story about a nun at the Catholic school he attended as a child who made fun of his stutter — a betrayal Biden said forced him to leave the classroom and walk home because he was so upset.
"The paragraph I had to read was: ‘Sir Walter Raleigh was a gentleman. He laid his cloak upon the muddy road suh-suh-so the lady wouldn’t soil her shoes when she entered the carriage,'" Biden said. "And I said, 'Sir Walter Raleigh was a gentle man who—' and then the nun said, 'Mr. Biden, what is that word?' And it was gentleman that she wanted me to say, not gentle man. And she said, 'Mr. Buh-Buh-Buh-Biden, what’s that word?’'”
Sanders eventually issued a rare apology for her insult.
"I actually didn’t know that about you and that is commendable," Sanders tweeted. "I apologize and should have made my point respectfully."
Published with permission of The American Independent Foundation.