America must decide between Joe Biden, a bumbling “gaffe machine”, and Donald Trump, a lying – also gaffe-prone – bully. Unfortunately, the first presidential debate just made a hard choice even harder.
Donald Trump and Joe Biden’s gaffes could inspire a whole bevy of comedians. In a recent interview, CNN’s Jake Tapper mentioned Joe Biden’s “occasional gaffe” to Jill Biden, former Second Lady and wife of the Democratic presidential nominee. “Oh, you can’t even go there…” she promptly replied,
After Donald Trump, you cannot even say the word gaffe. Nope. Done. It’s gone.Jill Biden, when asked about her husband Joe’s “occasional gaffes”.
Watch: Jill Biden — “After Donald Trump, you cannot even say the word gaffe.”
While Jill Biden deserves a little pat on the back for her ingenious handling of this slightly awkward query, there’s no being sure her husband Joe would have handled the same without making yet another gaffe. Yes. The 77-year old may appear saner than garbled speech-specialist President Donald Trump, but his “occasional” gaffes haven’t escaped anyone’s notice. Well, they couldn’t possibly have.
Here’s a look at Joe Biden’s most recent gaffes that could make Donald’s day.
During a recent campaign rally in Philadelphia, Joe Biden said that 200 million people – nearly two-third of the population — have died from COVID-19 in the United States. He said, “If Donald Trump has his way, the complications from COVID-19, which are well beyond what they should be — it’s estimated that 200 million people have died — probably by the time I finish this talk”. Actually, the coronavirus death toll in the US presently stands at just over 200 thousand. That’s three extra zeroes Biden added of his own accord!
Watch: Joe Biden, the Gaffe Machine
During a live address to the Conference of Mayors being broadcast on C-SPAN, Biden said that he started his Senate career 180 years ago! Shortly after commending mayors for their efforts, he said, “That’s why I’ve made it a priority my entire career to work closely with you, from the time I got to the Senate 180 years ago”. Well, actually Biden’s Senate career began in 1973, and he served as a Democratic senator from Delaware till 2009 – when he became vice-president.
That’s why I’ve made it a priority my entire career to work closely with you, from the time I got to the Senate 180 years ago
Watch: Biden says he got to the Senate 180 years ago!
Giving a speech at a former steel mill in Pittsburgh, Biden recently said: “COVID has taken this year, just since the outbreak, has taken more than 100 years…Look, here’s…the lives…it’s just…I mean, think about it.” “More lives this year than any year for the past 100 years”, he added.
Though the second part of his sentence added a modicum of logic to that totally muddled first bit, it would’ve made much better sense to just have said “COVID-19 is the worst pandemic in 100 years”.
In a departure from his usual speech-related goof-ups, Biden said that African-American voters “ain’t Black” if they even considered voting for Donald Trump, instead of him. Biden made the remark in May this year, just days before the George Floyd incident in an interview with Charlamagne Tha God, a prominent black radio host. The statement sparked widespread criticism, prompting the Biden camp to swing into damage control mode. Later, Biden himself expressed remorse for the comment saying “I should not have been so cavalier”.
As a matter of fact, not just in recent months, the septuagenarian has had a slipping tongue for years. In the middle of his campaign for the Democratic nomination for president in 2007, Biden said regarding Barack Obama —
I mean, you got the first mainstream African American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy.
He later clarified saying he should have used the word “fresh” instead of “clean” but the remark raised hackles all the same, given its racist connotations.
Interestingly, the Presidential hopeful seems aware of his gaffe-prone ways – unlike the “very stable genius” Trump – and himself acknowledged that he was a “gaffe machine” when asked about the weaknesses of his campaign in December 2018.
Interestingly, the Biden seems aware of his gaffe-prone ways — unlike the “very stable genius” Trump.
Neck and Neck!
No, we aren’t Trump loyalists by any stretch of the imagination. And we’re not here to call out Joe Biden on his gaffes without mentioning Donald Trump’s own great-as-America gaffes. Be it misspelt tweets, slurring speech, or goofy statements, no one does it like this wily bully-of-a-President.
Watch: Trump’s biggest gaffes
During a New York campaign rally in 2016, before he assumed office, Trump mistakenly referred to 9/11 – the cataclysm that changed the course of history – as “7/11”. Not exactly unpardonable, but unbecoming of a President to be. Oh yes.
In one of his most infamous Twitter typos, Trump used the word “unpresidented” act – instead of unprecedented – to describe China seizing a US Navy drone. A correctly spelled tweet replaced this one four hours later.
The orange man apparently so loves being President, he wants to write “president” everywhere.
At a White House press briefing in August, Trump incorrectly claimed that the 1918 Spanish Flu pandemic helped end WWII – a conflict that started more than two decades later. Apart from confusing WWI with WWII, the President also got the year the Spanish Flu broke out wrong – it started in 1918, not 1917.
Most recently, at a Town Hall event in Philadelphia, Trump sought to downplay COVID-19, rambling on about how it would go away even without the vaccine. When asked to explain, he said, “Sure … you’ll develop like a herd mentality, it’s going to be herd developed, and that’s going to happen”. Of course he meant “herd immunity” but couldn’t get around to saying it.
Biden and Trump really are neck and neck!
Not Funny, America
The bumbling ways of the two septuagenarians would have been spectacularly funny if only they hadn’t been men racing to lead the most powerful nation in the world.
The first presidential face-off on 29 September was a particularly good reminder of why things are anything but funny. Instead of a sensible debate between two mature men, the world witnessed a bluster-filled, bluff-infused slanging match that afforded an entertaining glimpse of the pandemonium the Presidential race is fast descending into.
None of the sparring leaders – neither an extra-bellicose Trump nor an unusually-bellicose Biden – was able to persuasively argue why he was going to make a better president. Though Joe Biden did better according to most polls and analyses, the crossfire of insults and accusations was far too heavy to help non-partisan voters make up their minds.
God bless America. God save America.