WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
- Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden’s series of blunders over the week in various events had reestablished fears among fellow Democrats that he may not be able to withstand a campaign against Trump.
- This weekend, he mistakenly said he met with the 2018 Parkland shooting survivors when he was vice president when in fact, he didn’t.
- He also committed several blunders confusing the locations of the mass shootings that happened in Texas and Ohio last week.
Joe Biden admitted to being a “gaffe machine,” committing embarrassing verbal mistakes months before he started his 2020 presidential campaign.
He fulfilled that expectation in a campaign in Iowa this weekend reaffirming fears of some Democrats that the former vice president and a current favorite for the Democratic nomination may not have the stamina and strength for a savage campaign against President Trump.
On Saturday’s gun violence forum, Biden mentioned meeting with survivors of the Parkland, Fla., high school shooting when he was vice president, a fact he repeated after the event while talking to reporters.
Though, he actually met with some Parkland survivors after the 2018 shooting, but not as vice president. He must have been thinking of the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., 2012 mass shooting when he misspoke, according to a Biden campaign official who told Bloomberg News.
On Thursday, Biden again committed another blunder. While speaking at the Iowa State Fair, he said, “We choose truth over facts,” then momentarily confused the late British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
And again on Thursday night while in an Asian & Latino Coalition in Des Moines, he mistakenly said, “poor kids are just as bright and talented as white kids,” before immediately correcting himself.
Biden’s bloopers came a week following his lukewarm performance in the second round of Democratic debates where he misreported the cost of Medicare for All and failed to guide viewers to text their support for his campaign. Previously, he misstated that the mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio occurred in Houston and Michigan, respectively.
Former Iowa Lt. Gov. Patty Judge told Vice News over the weekend that the problem with Biden is that he is part of a group of ‘extremely articulate people’. “He and his campaign are going to have to work hard to try to articulate their message without those kinds of gaffes [and run] a vigorous campaign in order to counter the idea that he’s too old.”
Biden has been painted by the Trump campaign as one who has lost a step. In June, Trump said that he’d rather run against Biden rather than anybody because he thinks mentally, Biden is the weakest.
While admitting in December that his errors could significantly impact his Oval Office run, Biden also said that still, his flaws paled in comparison to Trump who he said can’t even tell the truth.