The Democratic Party presidential hopeful, Joe Biden, has made another one of his now-famous verbal gaffes, referring to himself as “Joe Biden’s husband.”
The 77-year-old former Vice President – who, if victorious in the November election, would be 78 by the time he sets foot in the Oval Office – was introduced to an online speaking event with the National Education Association (NEA) by the organisation’s head, Lily Eskelsen Garcia.
When introducing Mr Biden, Miss Garcia enthusiastically talked up the fact that Biden’s wife, Jill, is a long-time member of the NEA.
At that point, Biden appeared on screen to say, “good afternoon everyone, I’m Joe Biden’s husband, Joe Biden.”
“I’m Joe Biden’s husband. Joe Biden.” – Joe Biden. pic.twitter.com/bqGYJAnWVY
— Francis Brennan (@FrancisBrennan) July 3, 2020
Biden appeared unaware that he had made the bizarre and obvious verbal slip-up, failing to correct himself.
Unfortunately for the presumptive Democratic nominee, this is not his first time that he has managed to muddle his words in front of a rolling camera.
Back in March of this year at a campaign speech, Mr Biden attempted to quote a section from the American declaration of independence, but could not quite remember how to finish the sentence, saying “we hold these truths to be self-evident, all men and women created by, go, you know, you know the thing.”
At a speaking event in Iowa, back in May of this year, Biden triumphantly declared “we choose unity over division, we choose science over fiction, we choose truth over facts,” apparently failing to recognise that “truth” and “fact” are essentially synonymous.
Now more than ever, we need a president who will choose science over fiction.
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) July 3, 2020
The former congressman for Delaware has made so many incoherent statements that it has led to President Trump using the comedic nickname, “sleepy Joe.”
A pro-Trump Super PAC released an advertisement in June openly speculating on Biden’s mental health.
“Is Joe Biden in mental decline? Does Joe Biden have dementia?” the advertisement asks. “In a world losing its mind, we don’t need a president who’s already lost his.”
Only last week, President Trump called for Mr Biden to take a cognitive test due to his consistent verbal blunders.
“He should give it a try,” Mr Trump tweeted.
“He cannot pass the test I “aced.” He should give it a try!”
He cannot pass the test I “aced”. He should give it a try!!! https://t.co/4U6pny2D6y
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 3, 2020
Biden’s latest cringeworthy move comes as Michael Dukakis, formally a long-serving governor of Massachusetts who was also nominated as the Democratic Party’s contender for the presidency in 1988, warned that Biden should not take his current lead in the polls too seriously.
Mr Biden current leads President Trump 50-38 according to a recent Fox News poll, and numbers released by Real Clear Politics demonstrate that he has an average lead of 8.8 percentage points.
“Particularly this year, [polls] should be studied cautiously. Biden can and should win, but Being at 50, no matter how weak your opponent is, is no guarantee of success,” Mr Dukakis told the Boston Globe.
Header: Democratic U.S. presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden gestures with his fist towards his head as he says he has not been tested for coronavirus because “he has had no symptoms as my mother would say”, knock on wood while answering questions from reporters during a campaign event in Wilmington, Delaware, U.S., June 30, 2020.