Former Vice President Joe Biden provided cringeworthy commentary on domestic violence during last night’s Democratic debate, insisting we must keep “punching at” culture until it changes.

The former vice president was asked, “Vice President Biden, the #MeToo movement has forced a cultural reckoning around the issue of sexual violence and harassment against women in America. Are there specific actions that you would take early in your administration to address this problem?”

“Yes, and by the way, it’s one of the reasons the first thing I would do is make sure we pass the Violence Against Women Act re-authorization,” Biden replied. “The fact is, what happens now is we in fact have to fundamentally change the culture, the culture of how women are treated. That’s why as Vice President, I asked the president if I could start the movement on the college campuses to say it’s on us, it’s everyone’s responsibility.”

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He then said that men don’t have a right to raise their hands in anger towards women, “other than in self defense and that rarely ever occurs.”

Then–while awkwardly making a punching motion with his fist–Biden said we need to change culture “and keep punching at it and punching at it and punching at it.”

When those in the audience started to laugh, Biden doubled-down, insisting, “No I really mean it.It’s a gigantic issue.”

The Daily Wire points out that Biden’s awkward comments come after he attended a fundraiser last week with two Democrat senators with a history of violence against women.

The fundraiser included Democrat Senator Tom Carper (DE) and former Sen. Chris Dodd (D-CT).

Carper admitted to beating his wife while in an argument and Dodd was accused of sexually assaulting a waitress at a D.C. restaurant:

Law&Crime reported the following excerpt from a 1998 interview, in which Carper said, “Did I slap my wife 20 years ago? Yes. Do I regret it? Yes. Would I do it again? No. I slapped Diane one time. It was a stupid thing to do and I…regret it now. It caused some discoloration of her left eye and some puffiness.”