Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden reportedly told donors over the weekend that former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher is concerned about the United States under President Trump.
The only problem with that assessment is that Thacher, leader of the Conservative Party in the U.K. from 1975 to 1990, died in 2013, more than three years before Trump was elected to office.
Turns out, Biden flubbed British Prime Minister Theresa May’s name at a closed-door fundraiser Saturday evening in Columbia, S.C., according to a campaign pool report.
“Margaret Thatcher um, excuse me, Margaret Thatcher – Freudian slip,” Biden said. “But I knew her too.” He then corrected himself: “The prime minister of Great Britain, Theresa May”
Via pool, Joe Biden at a fundraiser tonight flubbed the British prime minister. “Margaret Thatcher um, excuse me, Margaret Thatcher – Freudian slip,” Biden said to laughter. “But I knew her too.” He then corrected himself: “The prime minister of Great Britain, Theresa May”
— Matt Viser (@mviser) May 5, 2019
Biden was reportedly telling attendees at the $1,000-to-$2,800-per-person event he has heard from 14 heads of state from around the world who voiced concerns to him about President Trump.
The flub coming after he told the room he knows “as much about American foreign policy as anyone around, including even maybe [Henry] Kissinger.”
(The 95-year-old Kissinger is still alive.)
It was at this same event that Biden called Trump a “clown” — after he said he didn’t want to get down in the mud with the president.
“There’s so many nicknames I’m inclined to give this guy,” Biden said, according to Politico. “You can just start with clown.”
At the ripe age of 76, Biden is four years older than Trump and his emergence on the campaign trail has been marked by stuttering, stammering and even slurred words.
And believe it or not, Biden is one year younger than the other front runner in the Democratic Party primary, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., who is 77-years-old.
President Trump recently took a shot at Biden for his age when he was asked how old is too old to be president?
“Well, I think that — I just feel like a young man. I’m so young. I can’t believe it. I’m the youngest person. I am a young, vibrant man,” Trump said. “I look at Joe — I don’t know about him. I don’t know.”
When asked directly if he thinks Biden is too old, the president dodged the question.
“I would never say anyone is too old, but I know they’re all making me look very young, both in terms of age and I think in terms of energy,” Trump said. “I think you people know that better than anybody.”
All of which brings to mind the great Ronald Reagan’s quip to Democratic opponent Walter Mondale when his age, 73, came up in a 1984 presidential debate: “I will not make age an issue of this campaign. I am not going to exploit, for political purposes, my opponent’s youth and inexperience.”
But Ol’ Joe is no Ronald Reagan, and social media users had a field day ribbing him over mentioning the name of Reagan’s close ally.
Biden babble https://t.co/MHGYC0XfqR
— Mark R. Levin (@marklevinshow) May 6, 2019
“The degree of corruption and lawlessness in President Harding’s administration is an embarrassment to our great nation.”
— John Walters (@jwalters7D) May 5, 2019
Easy mistake for him to make. Their hair probably smells similar.
— cgc26h (@cgc26h) May 5, 2019
Did he accidentally plagiarize Neil Kinnock’s speech from 1988 again?
— Peter Anderson (@petemanderson1) May 5, 2019
Margaret Thatcher? Please somebody take Joe temporary offline and install all his missed updates since the 80s. They call it the Biden Reboot.
— Lyndon Peters (@LPinAustin) May 5, 2019
“I knew George Washington; he was like a son to me.” https://t.co/22VWrWsCGC
— Tony Venhuizen (@Tony_Venhuizen) May 5, 2019
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