Biden says he’s the “only Irishman” in the race for president in 2020 which will be news to Beto O’Rourke and others.

Joe Biden wants you to know one thing. He's the only true Irish American running for president in 2020.

That means Beto O'Rourke, Congressman Tim Ryan, former Congressman John Delaney and even Kristen Gillibrand (her maternal great-grandmother, Mimi, was an Irish immigrant) don’t pass muster when it comes to Irish heritage in the former VP’s opinion.

Joe gave his opinion on the matter when asked by the Financial Times Washington Editor Demetri  Sevastopulo who, despite the name, is a proud Irish citizen.

In South Carolina @JoeBiden tells me he has not changed as a candidate from previous races. After the door closed, he rolled down the window, and said: “The Irish guy? There’s only one real Irishman running for president and its me.” What would @JohnDelaney & @BetoORourke say?  pic.twitter.com/RVIOZOSnY5

— Demetri Sevastopulo (@Dimi) May 4, 2019

Biden is extremely proud of his Irish heritage. His great-grandfather, James Finnegan, emigrated from County Louth as a child, in 1850. All eight of his great-great-grandparents on his mother’s side were born in Ireland during the first half of the 19th century. On his father’s side, two great-grandparents were also born in Ireland. Essentially that makes him five-eighths Irish.

However, dissing Beto etcetera has started a catfight, especially as Twitter lit up with the controversy.

Beto has undeniable Irish roots: His great-great-grandfather Bernard O'Rourke was born in Glencar, North Leitrim on November 30, 1830, and he died in a buggy accident on August 28, 1896, in Talmadge, Otoe County Nebraska. He is buried in Saint Benedict's Cemetery there.

Read the viral  twitter response here:

In South Carolina @JoeBiden tells me he has not changed as a candidate from previous races. After the door closed, he rolled down the window, and said: “The Irish guy? There’s only one real Irishman running for president and its me.” What would @JohnDelaney & @BetoORourke say?  pic.twitter.com/RVIOZOSnY5

— Demetri Sevastopulo (@Dimi) May 4, 2019

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Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden addresses a crowd at the Hyatt Park community center on May 4, 2019, in Columbia, South Carolina.Photo by Sean Rayford/Getty Images