Joe Biden’s inflated Covid deaths gaffe called out for being more than a ‘normal mistake’

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Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden raised eyebrows with his accounting of the number of people who have died from COVID-19.

During a campaign stop in Pennsylvania, the former vice president tripped over another of his now-signature verbal gaffes as he incorrectly related how many Americans have died from the coronavirus. President Trump called out the moment in a tweet as “mortifyingly stupid.”

“This is beyond a normal mistake,” the president wrote, noting that “the Fake News Media would come down on me with a vengeance” if he had made the remark.

“People don’t have a job, people don’t know where to go, they don’t know what to do,” Biden said Thursday. “Unnecessarily, now we have over 120 million dead from COVID.”

To make matters more awkward for those watching Biden online, the live stream “froze” right after his inflated figure, as he appeared to try to correct himself.

In fact, more than 122 thousand people in the United States have died from the coronavirus, according to figures from Johns Hopkins University.

The video clips posted on social media cut off after the feed froze, so it was not clear if Biden did make a correction. But for many, it was another in a long line of issues with Biden’s public speaking gaffes.

President Trump’s reelection campaign team slammed the Democrat as “very confused” in a tweet.

“He just falsely claimed 120 million Americans (more than one-third of the country) died from the coronavirus. This is after he previously claimed 150 million Americans died from guns,” the tweet read. “He’s not playing with a full deck, folks. #BarelyThereBiden.”

“WHAT IS GOING ON WITH JOE BIDEN?” Steve Guest, the Republican National Committee’s rapid response director, tweeted.

“If I thought there were 120 million coronavirus deaths I wouldn’t leave my basement either,” Fox Business Network host Charles Payne tweeted.

Biden’s stop in Lancaster, Pa. was notably “intimate” as some pointed out, with a sparse crowd apparently to mark social distancing.

The equally low-energy remarks he delivered were noted for the way he ended, without taking any questions from reporters.

Though some pointed out that no one even asked.

Twitter users weighed in on the surprising “120 million” deaths and the former vice president’s almost deadpan delivery of his speech.

 

 

Frieda Powers

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Originally from New York, Powers graduated from New York University and eventually made her way to sunny South Florida where she has been writing for the BizPacReview team since 2015.
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