Former Vice President Joe Biden’s bucket full of gaffes just got another addition.
The 2020 Democratic presidential candidate was speaking to an Iowa crowd about his younger years when he misplaced the assassinations of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Sen. Robert F. Kennedy by a decade.
(Video: YouTube/GOP War Room)
Biden told the group of supporters in a speech Tuesday about his involvement in politics, referring to his young age and the era of the 1960s and 1970s, when he slipped up.
“Just like in my generation, when I got out of school, when Bobby Kennedy and Dr. King had been assassinated in the ’70s, the late ’70s when I got engaged … ,” the 76-year-old former U.S. senator recounted, incorrectly placing the events in the wrong decade.
Kennedy and King were killed just months apart in 1968.
The civil rights leader died after being shot in April 1968 in Memphis, Tennessee and Kennedy, a former U.S. Attorney General and a U.S. Senator from New York, was shot and killed in Los Angeles, California just two months later.
Biden went on in his remarks in Urbandale on Tuesday, and seemed to make an adjustment to the dates he referred to, explaining that he got involved in politics in the 1960s.
“Up to that time, you remember—none of you women will remember this, but a couple men will remember it,” he said. “That was the time in the early to late ’60s, in the early ’60s, the ’60s, when it was, ‘Drop out, go to Haight-Ashbury, don’t get engaged, don’t trust anyone over 30.'”
The latest gaffe by the 2020 frontrunner came on the heels of reports that allies were suggesting his public speaking events be limited in order to avoid any more headline-grabbing flubs.
Biden confused supporters at the Iowa State Fair earlier this month as he rallied the crowd by declaring that Americans “choose truth over facts.” He also appeared to forget this month that Thomas Jefferson was a U.S. president, and said that “poor kids are just as bright, just as talented, as white kids.”
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) August 9, 2019
In May, he confused then-British Prime Minister Theresa May with Margaret Thatcher, the former British PM who left office in 1990. In closing comments during his Democratic presidential primary debate last month, Biden warned that “eight more years of Trump will change America in a fundamental way,” although Trump is limited to a four-year term after the 2020 election.
Last week he said he had met with students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. when he was still serving as vice president, but he had actually been out of office for more than a year when that mass shooting took place in February 2018.
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) August 11, 2019
The series of missteps prompted a jab from President Trump who questioned if Biden was “mentally fit” to be president.
“Joe Biden just said, ‘We believe in facts, not truth.’ Does anybody really believe he is mentally fit to be president?” Trump tweeted. “We are ‘playing’ in a very big and complicated world. Joe doesn’t have a clue!”
Biden’s confusion over the decades on Tuesday launched a fresh round of mockery on social media.
Just one of his classic evening flubs as the sun goes down. Nothing to be alarmed about.
— traffic is fash #traingang (@RoosedisLoosed) August 20, 2019
I think he’s just trying to lose now.
— Jayne Niehaus (@jaynespace) August 20, 2019
hey man, if you remember the 60s, you weren’t there
— I’m a cop, you idiot (@imacopyouidiot9) August 20, 2019
Out by Christmas ?
— It’s a Planet Not a Star (@FuckleyB) August 20, 2019
Speaking of late 70’s…
— Ace the Base (@sLOculture) August 20, 2019
— Dana Hole (@willhugalldogs) August 20, 2019
I’m grateful for his service. He could be a fabulous elder statesman. Part of being wise is knowing when to step aside.
— THMathews (@THMathews) August 20, 2019
I am so looking forward to the Biden-Trump debates! (I just shudder at the thought of living anywhere on this planet afterwards) pic.twitter.com/VU4xQ9CDVf
— Lisa McCormick (@LisaMcCormickNJ) August 20, 2019
** Editor’s note: This post has been updated to include that Sen. Kennedy also served as Attorney General.
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