He said what now?
Over the weekend, there were two mass shootings, one in El Paso, Texas, the other in Dayton, Ohio. The mainstream media networks went wall-to-wall with coverage, and in no time, everyone in America knew about the carnage.
Everyone but Joe Biden, that is.
The former vice president, who was giving a speech to potential donors on Sunday night, referred to the “the tragic events in Houston today and also in Michigan the day before,” according to a pool report of the event.
Biden, 76, went on to say that “we don’t need any more thoughts and prayers.”
“The American people may be running out of tears, but I pray to God we’re not running out of will. A will to do something about what we’re seeing,” Biden said. “You know, we don’t need any more thoughts and prayers out of Washington. What we need out of Washington is a strength and resolve that I have yet to see.”
“There are escalating acts that are occurring not of madness but of absolute, absolute hatred, and we have to call that hatred out and confront it,” he said.
And in a bit of irony, Biden also said: “You know what, the president’s words have meaning, no matter who he or she is. They are the face of America.”
Biden’s blunder came just days after he stumbled at the Democratic debate in Detroit. In his closing statement, he said “go to Joe 3-0-3-3-0.” But he meant to tell viewers to text “Joe” to 30330, which invites signees to “chip in” and declares the campaign is expecting a “MASSIVE rush of donations.”
That was just one of his goofs. When he went on a rant about climate change, Biden said, “We’re responsible for 15% of all the pollution in the country.” Later, another 2020 candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination, tech entrepreneur Andrew Yang, cited the correct statistic, saying the United States is responsible for 15% of global emissions.
Just a few minutes into the debate, Biden said that the plan from Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) on “Medicare for all” “in 10 years will cost $3 trillion.” Several respected groups have put the cost at more than $30 trillion.
He wasn’t any better at the end, when he said “eight more years of Trump will change America in a fundamental way.” Well, Trump can’t serve eight more years, at least according to a constitutional amendment. Trump can serve only two terms, which means if he wins re-election in 2020, he’d leave office on January 20, 2025.
Somewhere in the middle, Biden referred to Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) as the “future president.” While debating him on Biden’s former support for the 1994 crime bill, he said: “The fact is that the bills that the president, excuse me, the future president, that the senator is talking about, are bills that were passed years ago and they were passed overwhelmingly.”
Biden is a regular gaffe machine. In May, Biden referred to British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher — but she left office 29 years ago. The prime minister in May was Theresa May.
Twitter, of course, had a field day.