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This report has been updated to include additional context that was not included with the video that went viral online of the incident.
Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden warned on Sunday that next month’s election was the “most consequential” in a long time because of what would happen if there were “four more years of George,” a remark that many interpreted as a reference to former President George Bush. Biden, after saying “George” twice, made clear that he was speaking about “if Trump gets elected.”
“This is the most [consequential], not because I’m running, but because who I’m running against, this is the most consequential election in a long, long, long time,” Biden said. “And the character of the country, in my view, is literally on the ballot, what kind of country we’re going to be.”
“Four more years of George, uh, George, uh, he, uh,” Biden said, “gonna find ourselves in a position where if Trump gets elected we’re gonna be, we’re gonna be in a different world.”
However, after the publication of this report and similar reports by Fox News, the “Today” show, the Daily Mail, Sky News, and others, new context came to light about the interview. Biden was speaking at the “I Will Vote” concert and one of the co-hosts was George Lopez. Biden was responding to a question from Lopez when he made the remark. The Washington Post rated the viral video, from RNC Rapid Response Director Steve Guest, as earning “Four Pinocchios” for eliminating “key context by removing the most obvious George that Biden could be referring to — George Lopez — and filled in the gap with an answer better suited to the Trump campaign’s unproven narrative of Biden’s faltering mental acuity.”
There is no way to be certain about who Biden was referring to when he made the remark. PolitiFact attempted to evaluate the incident before ultimately concluding that “it’s difficult to determine whether he was addressing his interviewer or making a verbal flub that he corrected.”
Guest responded to The Washington Post’s fact-check with the following statement:
This isn’t a “fact check.” It’s the Washington Post doing the Biden campaign’s bidding to cover up what Biden actually said. Biden was talking about “four more years” of President Trump and said the name “George” instead. His wife is mouthing “Trump” next to him in an attempt to save him and remind him who is currently president. Which explanation makes more sense? That Biden was expressing concern for 4 years of George Lopez as President!? Or does it make more sense that the same Joe Biden who couldn’t remember Mitt Romney’s name or the office he is running for mistakenly referred to a past Republican administration instead of the current one? It’s obviously the latter.
Guest also tweeted out a long thread on Twitter of other similar incidents involving Biden.
Joe Biden confuses President Trump with George W. Bush: “because of who I’m running against…George, ah, George” pic.twitter.com/ujAni2Q7Gh
— Steve Guest (@SteveGuest) October 26, 2020
Biden made another confusing remark over the weekend during an interview with Crooked Media, a leftist publication. While speaking on the issue of voting, Biden said to the hosts, who are former Obama administration officials (emphasis added):
First of all, go to iwillvote.com to make a plan exactly how you’re going to vote, where you’re going to vote, when you’re going to vote. Because it can get complicated. Because the Republicans are doing everything they can to make it harder for people to vote—particularly people of color to vote. So go to iwillvote.com.
Secondly, we’re in a situation where we have put together, and you guys did it for President Obama’s administration before this, we have put together, I think, the most extensive and inclusive voter fraud organization in the history of American politics. What the president is trying to do is discourage people from voting by implying that their vote won’t be counted. It can’t be counted. We’re gonna challenge it and all these things. If enough people vote, it’s gonna overwhelm the system. You see what’s happening now. You guys know it as well as I do. You see the long, long lines in early voting.
While it’s not completely plain what Biden was referring to with the comments — which subsequently went viral on Twitter — immediately after, the former vice president added something potentially clarifying:
If, in fact, you have any, any problem, go to, and I don’t have the number, but it’s 833-DEM-VOTE. The letters D-E-M-V-O-T-E. Call that number. We have over a thousand lawyers, over a thousand [and they’ll] answer the phone. If you think there’s any challenge to your voting, go to 833-DEM-VOTE. Dial those letters on your phone, that will get you the assistance that we have already put in place.
Joe Biden brags about having “the most extensive and inclusive VOTER FRAUD organization in the history of American politics” pic.twitter.com/PfkqrFXu7i
— Steve Guest (@SteveGuest) October 24, 2020
Trump Deputy Campaign Manager Justin Clark quote retweeted the video, writing: “People ask why the President fights so hard in court for ballot integrity? Why we have such an extensive Election Day Operations team? This is why.”
President Donald Trump retweeted Clark’s video and later quote Clark’s tweet, writing: “What a terrible thing for Biden to say! Rigged Election?”
What a terrible thing for Biden to say! Rigged Election? https://t.co/jQXxeQCZU9
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 25, 2020
This report has been updated to include additional information.