Former Vice President Joe Biden continued his gaffe-laden campaign during Wednesday night’s Democratic Debate; apparently forgetting Kamala Harris -who was on stage- was ever elected to the United States Senate.
“I’m part of that Obama coalition. I come out of a black community in terms of my support,” said Biden. “If you notice I have more people supporting me in the black community that has announced for me because they know me, they know who I am. Three former chairs of the [Congressional] Black Caucus, the only African-American woman that had ever been elected to the Senate a whole range of people …”
“No, that’s not true, the other one is here,” fired-back Harris. “I said the first, I said the first,” deflected Biden.
However, Uncle Joe isn’t a stranger to gaffes! Joe Biden admits it: “I am a gaffe machine,” he said in December 2018. He turned his confession into a dig at Donald Trump—”But my God, what a wonderful thing compared to a guy who can’t tell the truth”—but now the former vice president has entered the 2020 presidential race, he might regret some of his stumbles.
President Trump said he’s eager to battle Biden for the White House.
“I hope it’s Biden,” he told a group of television anchors before his State of the Union address.
“Biden was never very smart. He was a terrible student. His gaffes are unbelievable. When I say something that you might think is a gaffe, it’s on purpose; it’s not a gaffe. When Biden says something dumb, it’s because he’s dumb.”
That’s a matter of opinion—but it’s impossible to deny that Biden, who was elected to the U.S. Senate from Delaware in 1973, has a pattern of odd, ill-judged, plagiarized or politically problematic comments and actions. Here’s a look at some of the standouts.
‘Wait—your mom’s still alive’
At a St. Patrick’s Day reception for the then Irish Prime Minister Brian Cowen in 2010, Biden noted that the visitor’s mother had lived in America.
“His mom lived in Long Island for 10 years or so, god rest her soul, and, er, although she’s, wait—your mom’s still alive. It was your dad [who] passed. God bless her soul. I gotta get this straight,” Biden said.
During a 2008 campaign rally in Missouri, Biden asked the audience to applaud State Senator Chuck Graham.
“Stand up, Chuck, let ’em see you,” Biden said, gesturing for Graham to stand.
Graham, a paraplegic following a car accident, is confined to a wheelchair.
“Oh, God love ya, what am I talking about,” Biden said, realizing his mistake. “I tell you what, you’re making everybody else stand up though, pal. Thank you very, very much…You can tell I’m new.”