Joe Biden is currently the Democratic frontrunner, leading nationally by more than ten percent. But Biden is also leading by a less desirable metric — gaffes. Below, I’ve kept track of some of Joe Biden’s gaffes during his Presidential campaign.
Mixing Up Margaret Thatcher And Theresa May
On more than one occasion, Joe Biden has mixed up Margaret Thatcher and Theresa May.
For clarity’s sake:
- Margaret Thatcher served as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1979–1990. She passed away in 2013.
- Theresa May served as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 2016–2019. She resigned on May 24, 2019.
Biden first mixed the two up at a fundraising event on May 4, 2019. He was speaking to supporters about hearing from leaders around the world, including Thatcher, who voiced their concerns about President Trump.
According to CNN reporter Daniel Dale, Biden did it again at event on August 8, 2019.
Biden referred to Theresa May as “Margaret Thatcher” tonight, the second time he’s done that since May.
— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) August 9, 2019
“I bet you’re as bright as you are good looking.”
Former Vice President Biden said this in a response to a question asked by a young girl at an event in May.
This statement came after allegations were made by women who said that Biden had touched them inappropriately.
Biden later made light of the entire situation at a June event.
After bringing a chair over to a woman so she could sit, she whispered something in his ear for some time. When the moment ended, Biden told the crowd “We have a little secret going here” before pointing out to the press that “she pulled me close,” not the other way around. pic.twitter.com/1RBSAwCfuC
— Marianna Sotomayor (@MariannaNBCNews) June 4, 2019
“Go To Joe 30330”
In his closing statement at the July Democratic debates, Biden ended his statement by asking viewers to go to Joe 30330.
The mistake here? He was probably supposed to tell viewers to text Joe to 30330 and get new phone numbers onto his list. That didn’t stop Josh Fayer, who has launched his own exploratory committee for President, from purchasing the domain joe30330.com (he beat me to it!).
Naming The Wrong Cities In The Wake Of Mass Shootings
Donald Trump wasn’t the only politician to name the incorrect cities in the wake of two horrific mass shootings.
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In the wake of these tragedies, President Donald Trump offered his prayers for “those who perished in Toledo”.
When speaking about gun violence in the United States, Biden referenced “the tragic events in Houston today and also in Michigan the day before”. The former Vice President corrected himself shortly after.
“Poor kids are just as bright and just as talented as white kids.”
This gaffe was especially painful to watch when you consider the amount of scrutiny Biden has already received for making controversial statements about working with segregationists.
At an event in Iowa on August 8, 2019, Biden stated, “Poor kids are just as bright and just as talented as white kids.”
Biden quickly realized his mistake and awkwardly continued with, “Wealthy kids, black kids, Asian kids…”
"Poor kids are just as bright and just as talented as white kids."
Joe "Woke AF" Biden pic.twitter.com/0J2KK4mY1Z
— Nate's Liver 🍩 (@SilERabbit) August 9, 2019
“We choose truth over facts.”
Watch the video — it speaks for itself. What’s more shocking is the applause that follows the line.
— CBS News (@CBSNews) August 8, 2019
Joe Biden Says He Met With Parkland Students As Vice President
Biden said that he met with Parkland survivors while he was Vice President of the United States. This, of course, would be impossible. The Parkland mass shooting took place in February 2018, more than two years after Biden’s tenure as Vice President came to an end. Some are speculating the Biden may have been referring to the victim of the Sandy Hook shooting, which took place in 2012.
In Biden’s defense, he did meet with a group of Parkland survivors, but that meeting occurred in 2018.
Bobby Kennedy And MLK Weren’t Assassinated In the 70s, Joe
Joe Biden made a pretty bad historical error during a speech in August 2019. He said, “Just like in my generation, when I got out of school, when Bobby Kennedy and Dr. King had been assassinated in the ’70s, the late ’70s when I got engaged.”
The problem? Dr. King and Bobby Kennedy were both assassinated in 1968.
New Hampshire And Vermont Are Actually Different States
Joe Biden was in Keene, New Hampshire when he said, “I’ve been here a number of times…I love this place. Look, what’s not to like about Vermont in terms of the beauty of it?”
Joe Biden in Keene, New Hampshire: "I’ve been here a number of times…I love this place. Look, what’s not to like about Vermont in terms of the beauty of it?” pic.twitter.com/YZBP4ybQ3z
— Steve Guest (@SteveGuest) August 24, 2019
Did He Really Forget Barack Obama’s Name?
It appears that he did. While discussing the annexation of Crimea at a campaign event, Biden said, “…because they invaded another country and annexed a significant portion of it called Crimea. [Donald Trump]’s saying that it was President…my boss…it’s his fault.”
Yikes. When watching the video, it does sound like Biden forgot Obama’s name. These comments were in response to Trump’s comments blaming Barack Obama for the annexation of Crimea.
Of course, Russia’s invasion and annexation of Crimea was illegal. Culpability falls on the shoulders of Vladimir Putin, not Barack Obama.
Does Any Of This Matter?
Apparently not. Biden still leads the Democratic primary field by more than ten points. Voters in South Carolina have come out and said that they don’t care about Biden’s gaffes at all.
I’ll continue to update this article over the course of the 2020 campaign.
Have I missed anything? What do you think of Joe Biden’s gaffes? Leave a comment below!
I embedded plenty of tweets in this article, and I’m sure I’ll add more as the gaffes continue. The use of an account’s tweet is not an endorsement of the individual or group who posted the tweet.