Democrat presidential candidate Joe Biden was mocked after suffering a major brain freeze when his teleprompter malfunctioned during a shadow coronavirus briefing.
Biden stammered and lost his train of thought during the short, rehearsed statements. Biden livestreamed the prepared remarks from his home.
During the briefing, Biden touched his face despite repeated warnings from health officials not to do so. At one point, the teleprompter stopped working, causing Joe to lose track of what he was saying.
Biden was then seen frantically signaling with his right hand to an aide off-camera, urging them to fix the teleprompter malfunction.
“Joe Biden when the teleprompter stops working is a train wreck,” social media strategist Caleb Hull observed.
Joe Biden when the teleprompter stops working is a train wreck pic.twitter.com/6BXFgPNKKa
— Caleb Hull (@CalebJHull) March 23, 2020
Biden’s brief, rehearsed stage theater is a stark contrast to the two-hour daily press briefings President Trump gives, where he answers countless questions from a hostile media trying to trip him up.
GOP spokesperson Elizabeth Harrington tweeted: “What a disaster! Biden had plenty of time to think about this, and he can’t even figure out what to say without help from a teleprompter.”
What a disaster
Biden has had plenty of time to think about this, and he can't even figure out what to say without help from a teleprompter
Thank God we have a strong, steady, real leader in the White House! pic.twitter.com/tPiSbOZivP
— Elizabeth Harrington (@LizRNC) March 23, 2020
Eric Trump expressed his disgust at Biden’s latest pathetic attempt to showboat. Unfortunately, all it did was underscore how unprepared Joe is to lead the nation through a crisis.
In addition to that… 🙄🤯 https://t.co/lNm4MTACQu
— Eric Trump (@EricTrump) March 23, 2020
Fox Business host Charles Payne tweeted: “This is tough to watch…I realize Biden needs to grab some attention, but shadow press conferences to cast blame and suggest he would be perfect lurches toward embarrassment.”
This is tough to watch…I realize Biden needs to grab some attention but shadow press conferences to cast blame and suggest he would be perfect lurches toward embarrassment.
— Charles V Payne (@cvpayne) March 24, 2020
Ed Rollins, the former senior adviser to President Ronald Reagan, remarked: “How can Biden be president if he can’t even give a speech without a teleprompter?”
“President Donald Trump has unleashed an unprecedented response to combat the coronavirus. Meanwhile, Joe Biden had a major brain freeze while speaking about the pandemic.”
President @realDonaldTrump has unleashed an unprecedented response to combat the coronavirus.
Meanwhile, Joe Biden had a major brain freeze while speaking about the pandemic.@ericbeachgop, how can Biden be president if he can’t even give a speech without a teleprompter? pic.twitter.com/G9cFR4yzMA
— Ed Rollins (@EdRollins) March 24, 2020
Joe Biden released the video shortly after the Twitter hashtag “Where’s Joe?” went viral.
The 77-year-old career politician has been curiously absent amid the coronavirus pandemic. That’s not surprising, given his disastrous past handling of virus outbreaks.
In 2009, when Biden was vice president, the Obama administration waited for six months after the swine flu had killed more than 1,000 people in the United States and infected millions of Americans before declaring it a public health emergency.
Feel better?! More like feel dead!
Obama would have waited months and let thousands have died before he would do anything. Just like he did with
Flashback: Obama waited until millions of Americans were infected with swine flu, 1000 died, before acting
— Text Trump to 88022 ✝️🇺🇸⭐⭐⭐ 🇺🇸 (@K1erry) March 20, 2020
As it is, the best thing that Biden, 77, can do right now is to stay home, since he is at high risk to get the coronavirus.
Joe has a compromised immune system because he has an irregular heartbeat, a history of aneurysms, and is at risk for getting deadly strokes. That’s the assessment of Dr. David Scheiner, the former longtime physician to Barack Obama.
“He’s not a healthy guy,” Dr. Scheiner said. “Could I guarantee he won’t have issues for the next four years? [No.] He has a lot of issues that are just sort of sitting there.”
'Frail’ Joe Biden is 'not healthy' & has STROKE risk, says Obama's former doctor!
In 1988 Joe suffered 2 Aneurisms, 1 of which nearly killed him!
Biden’s Own Dr says Biden has history of aneurysms, high cholesterol.
Biden isn’t FIT!
https://t.co/I9wyxj25dE via @BIZPACReview
— LAYLA ⭐️⭐️⭐️ (@LaylaAlisha11) December 25, 2019
Biden’s own supporters admit that they’re worried about his deteriorating mental fitness but still support him because they have no other choice in the Democrat Party.
One woman said: “It’s very concerning. When he is getting softballs thrown at him and he can’t answer the question [it’s scary].”
(Video: Ingraham Angle)