Democrat Joe Biden gave a Thanksgiving address on Wednesday where he, an allegedly devout Catholic, appeared to not know how to pronounce one of the most famous books in the Bible.
Biden said, “And if we do, and I’m sure we can, we can proclaim the palmist (ph), with the palmist (ph) who wrote these following words, ‘The Lord is my strength and my shield…'”
Biden was quoting Psalms 28:7. In his prepared remarks, it shows that Biden was, in fact, quoting from the book of Psalms when he referenced the “Psalmist.” The “p” in Psalms is silent.
"Devout Catholic" Joe Biden doesn't know the "P" in "Psalmist" is silent, not the "s". pic.twitter.com/kp9MZi3NvQ
— Howie Carr (@HowieCarrShow) November 25, 2020
The error by Biden is relevant because the media exploded in 2016 when then candidate-Donald Trump mistakenly referred to 2 Corinthians 3:17 as “Two Corinthians” instead of saying “Second Corinthians.”
News organizations that reported on Trump’s gaffe included The New York Times, Politico, The Atlantic, CNN, NPR, and The Washington Post. None of those publications reported on Biden’s flub by the time this report was published (archives showing that no stories had been published over Biden’s flub can be found for The New York Times, Politico, The Atlantic, CNN, NPR, and The Washington Post).
Here are some of the reactions that Biden’s flub garnered online:
“The Palmist.” TWICE!! https://t.co/WlNHl7o72A
— John Cooper (@thejcoop) November 26, 2020
🤦♂️ Well, that was embarrassing.
Gentlemen, start your memegens. https://t.co/pWeJBdJeHY
— Larry Sanger (@lsanger) November 26, 2020
Palmist — could be talking about Toobin https://t.co/pMmJmuv0kH
— Chuck Ross (@ChuckRossDC) November 26, 2020
Joe doesn't know https://t.co/9L8RKcjEri
— HINDLE (@HindlesKitchen) November 26, 2020
Biden quotes from the Palmist. They;ll have to put him back in the basement. https://t.co/bAU5U9d9MJ
— Stephen McIntyre (@ClimateAudit) November 26, 2020
I think “palmist” is his way of calling them, well, …
— Scott Adams (@ScottAdamsSays) November 26, 2020
During the speech, Biden encouraged Americans to give up their normal Thanksgiving plans in light of the coronavirus pandemic, calling it a “patriotic duty.”
“This year we are asking Americans to forgo so many of the traditions that we’ve long made this holiday,” Biden said. “This year, because we care so much for each other, we’re going to be having a separate Thanksgiving for Jill and I, who will be at our home in Delaware with our daughter and our son-in-law. The rest of the family will be doing the same thing in small groups.”
“I know how hard it is to forgo family traditions. But it is so very important. Our country’s in the middle of a dramatic spike in cases. We are now averaging 160,000 new cases a day,” Biden continued. “Many local health systems are at risk of being overwhelmed. That’s the plain and simple truth. … I believe you always deserve to hear the truth, hear the truth from your president.”
“We have to try to slow the growth of this virus,” he added. “We owe it to the doctors and nurses and other front-line workers — care workers who risked their lives, some lost their lives, put so much on the line in the heroic battle against this virus. … We owe that to our fellow citizens who need access to hospital beds and care. We owe it to one another. It’s literally our patriotic duty as Americans. It means wearing a mask, keeping social distance, limiting the size of any group we’re in until we have a vaccine. These are the most effective tools to combat the virus.”