During a voter town hall event hosted Thursday night by ABC News, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden suggested that he believes young children should face "zero discrimination" if they choose to become transgender.
Biden made his remarks after a woman questioner asked what the former vice president would do to protect the rights of her young child, whom she says is transgender.
"The idea that an 8-year-old child or a 10-year-old child decides, ‘You know, I decided I want to be transgender, that's what I think I'd like to be, it [would] make my life a lot easier,' there should be zero discrimination. And what's happening is, too many transgender women of color are being murdered. They're being murdered."
Biden's comment drew the attention of several viewers given the controversial act of performing life-altering chemical or surgical acts on young children.
Biden went on to tell the woman questioner that he would use his executive power to "eliminate those executive orders" of President Trump that he believes threatens transgender rights, before telling a story about seeing two gay men kissing when he was a boy.
"You may recall," Biden began, "I'm the guy who said, uh, I was raised by a man who I remember I was being dropped off, my dad was a high school educator, well-read man who was recently decent guy, and I was being dropped off to get an application in the center of our city, Bloomington, Delaware, the corporate capital of the world at the time.
And these two men, I'm getting out to get an application to be a life guard in the African-American community because there was a big swimming pool complex, and, uh, these two men, well dressed, leaned up and hugged one another and kissed one another, and I'm getting out of the car at the light and I turned to my dad and my dad looked at me and said, ‘Joey, it's simple, they love each other.'"