Fox Business reported on Saturday that former Vice President Joe Biden faced off with hedge fund manager Bill Ackman over comments he made about Biden’s late son, Beau, who passed away in 2015 after a battle with brain cancer.
The report alleged that the incident occurred during a private dinner event in May, when Biden claimed that his heart wasn’t into a 2016 presidential run because of unresolved feelings over the death of his son.
“I’m sorry,” Biden allegedly told those in attendance at the VIP dinner, after being overcome with emotion over Beau’s death. “I’ve said enough.”
Ackman, in response, purportedly snapped back, “Why? That’s never stopped you before.”
One unnamed source claimed that Biden that night was in “rare form.”
“Biden was in rare form,” the insider said of the incident. “I can’t believe it has never leaked out.”
After Ackman made the alleged comments, Biden was said to have turned around to a dinner attendee nearby and asked, “Who is this a**hole?”
Taking it further, Biden allegedly addressed Ackman directly.
“Look, I don’t know who you are, wisea**, but never disrespect the memory of my dead son!” Biden was overheard saying to Ackman in response to his comments. Insiders claimed that Ackman attempted an apology, but Biden wasn’t having it.
He purportedly responded, “Just shut the hell up.”
A spokesman for Ackman acknowledged the claims, and in a statement to Fox Business denied “the idea that there was an argument or altercation between Joe Biden and Bill Ackman.”
The spokesman added, “Bill had a great time at the dinner and enjoyed spending time with the former vice president.”
Fox did note, however, that the spokesman did not deny that Biden had spoken to Ackman in the manner that he was alleged to have done.