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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.”
If I ever said something so mortifyingly stupid, the Fake News Media would come down on me with a vengeance. This is beyond a normal mistake. Why isn’t the media reporting it? pic.twitter.com/KkuWLkMfp7
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 26, 2020
“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.
Watch: Joe Biden’s live stream was just cut after he claimed 120 million Americans had died because of Coronavirus. As he started to correct himself, the video froze. pic.twitter.com/KPiuaQhFH6
— TV News HQ (@TVNewsHQ) June 25, 2020
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.
FLASHBACK: Back in February, no one batted an eye or bothered to correct Joe Biden when he said 150 MILLION Americans have been killed by by gun violence. (a completely absurd number). pic.twitter.com/k6M8EfYHeF
— Steve Guest (@SteveGuest) June 25, 2020
“If I thought there were 120 million coronavirus deaths I wouldn’t leave my basement either,” Fox Business Network host Charles Payne tweeted.
No wonder Biden keeps tweeting what a horrible job Trump is doing handling the pandemic. https://t.co/IgSmikTYoA
— Margot Cleveland (@ProfMJCleveland) June 26, 2020
Biden’s stop in Lancaster, Pa. was notably “intimate” as some pointed out, with a sparse crowd apparently to mark social distancing.
And the media made fun of Trumps crowd size? https://t.co/vWqhKpcXhx
— Lobbyist_pundit 💸 (@Lobbyist_pundit) June 25, 2020
Biden has arrived and is listening to people tell their stories about healthcare. Protesters are still yelling quite loudly but counter-protesters chanting “Black Lives Matter” have also arrived. pic.twitter.com/alVS7YyM2Z
— Tyler Pager (@tylerpager) June 25, 2020
The equally low-energy remarks he delivered were noted for the way he ended, without taking any questions from reporters.
Breaking footage of Joe Biden hurrying back to his basement without taking any questions from the press pic.twitter.com/0YdKJc7wBE
— Tommy Pigott (@TCPigott) June 25, 2020
Though some pointed out that no one even asked.
Biden today, speaking in front of reporters, of course didn’t take questions.
— Brent Scher (@BrentScher) June 25, 2020
How embarrassing. They didn’t even shout a question https://t.co/MovzQYaAUt
— Storm Paglia 🇺🇸 (@storm_paglia) June 25, 2020
— Brent Scher (@BrentScher) June 25, 2020
Twitter users weighed in on the surprising “120 million” deaths and the former vice president’s almost deadpan delivery of his speech.
Continues to provide the best political comedy 🤪
— More Coffee Please ☕️ (@Mattyneen) June 25, 2020
Not many of us left in the U.S. apparently.
— rssllue (@throwsrock) June 25, 2020
His advisers at the side are like pic.twitter.com/8WC55Qg23y
— 💮lucy_eyelesbarrow (@lucy_eyelesb) June 25, 2020
Loving this #SummerOfSenility!
— TheRainMaker (@bizdevman21) June 25, 2020
Between that and the gun deaths, the whole country should fit neatly within Delaware.
— Wes Walker (@Republicanuck) June 25, 2020
One thing about a Democrat. They can make a 1000 mistakes and doesn’t matter. Everyone gets a trophy.
— Anna Teresa Arnold (@HomerWhite) June 26, 2020
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