Des Moines, IA – Former Vice President Joe Biden spoke to reporters at a gun reform conference in Iowa on Sunday and said he remembered the children who came to see him after the Parkland shooting despite the fact that massacre happened more than a year after he and former President Barack Obama left office.
“I watched what happened when those kids from Parkland came up to see me when I was vice president – and some of you covered it – and you watch what happened when they went up on the halls of Congress. Congressmen were basically cowering, not wanting to see them. They did not want to have to face it on camera,” presidential hopeful Biden said.
Florida’s Parkland massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School took place on the memorable date of Feb. 14, 2018, and left 17 students and faculty dead and another 17 wounded, 13 months after President Donald Trump took office.
Biden, 76, was trying to make a point about changing the dialog about gun violence in the United States and said that because more ordinary people have been impacted by it, they’re more likely to want change, Bloomberg reported.
Campaign officials tried to cover the candidate’s gaffe and said the former vice president had been talking about the Sandy Hook massacre that left 20 dead at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut in December of 2012.
But that wasn’t the only time the oldest Democrat running for his party’s nomination stuck his foot in his mouth in recent weeks, according to Bloomberg.
On Aug. 8, Biden told a group of Asian and Hispanic voters that “poor kids are just as bright” as white children.
He also referred to the El Paso and Dayton mass shootings this month as having taken place in Houston and Michigan, Bloomberg reported.
Biden told reporters later that people understood what he was trying to say about Parkland in a completely confusing comment.
“I don’t think anybody thinks I meant anything other than what I said I meant,” he said.
Voters have started asking if the former vice president is too old to do the job of President, and his staff is not happy, FOX News reported.
“This is a press narrative, not a voter narrative,” Biden Campaign Spokeswoman Symone Sanders said.
President Trump was quick to point out that Biden’s gaffes were becoming the norm for the former vice president.
“Joe Biden just said, ‘We believe in facts, not truth.’ Does anybody really believe he is mentally fit to be president? We are ‘playing’ in a very big and complicated world. Joe doesn’t have a clue!” the President tweeted.
President Trump has also said “Joe Biden has truly lost his fastball” and “Joe is not playing with a full deck,” FOX News reported.
The mainstream media has, for the most part, defended Biden’s verbal faceplants and excused them.
“Joe Biden’s verbal miscues have always been part of his charm, baked into his reputation as a plain-spoken politician,” The Washington Post wrote.
The New York Times allowed that the questions about the former vice president’s mental agility carried “a real political risk for Mr. Biden.”
“Some party activists have already been worried that, at 76, he may be too old to go toe-to-toe with Mr. Trump, who is 73, and win. If the accumulation of verbal missteps continues, some Democrats say, it will eventually sow doubts about what many primary voters believe is Mr. Biden’s biggest strength: that he is best positioned to beat Mr. Trump,” The New York Times opined.