White House struggles to mop up Biden’s claim that he ‘used to drive’ 18-wheeler truck

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President Joe Biden keeps making bizarre claims, the latest being that, one, he once drove an 18-wheeler, and two, him accidentally referring to former President Barack Obama as former President Donald Trump was just a “Freudian slip.”

Both slip-ups happened during a visit Wednesday to a Mack truck manufacturing plant facility in Pennsylvania to promote his notably Trumpian “Buy American” plan.

At one point, while speaking with some plant workers at the facility, he burst out with the claim that he once “got to” drive an 18-wheeler.

“I used to drive an 18-wheeler, man. I got to,” he said.

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(Video: WFMZ)

But according to Republican National Committee research director Zach Parkinson, there’s “zero evidence” to substantiate this claim.

There are, however, two pieces — one a news report, and the other an op-ed from Biden — published in the Dec. 12, 1973 edition of the Wilmington Evening Journal about the then-freshman senator’s ride in an 18-wheeler to observe “truckers’ woes.”

“I rode all night in a 47,000 pound cargo truck carrying hollow-shell pipe from Bear, Del., to Hamilton, Ohio. The distance was a chilly 536 miles. It snowed the last 150 miles of the trip covering five states, but this was nothing compared to the snow-job truck drivers I met believe the government is handing them,” the op-ed read.

The news piece highlighted some of the factual details about the trip — that it covered 550 miles and lasted 14 hours — but made no mention of Biden ever taking the wheel. It did note though that he returned home afterward “by plane.”

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It’s certainly possible that one of the truckers let him briefly get behind the wheel of their truck for the fun of it, but there’s no evidence to prove this, and also, it’s a criminal act to drive a commercial truck without a license.

Questioned by Fox News about the president’s bizarre claim, a White House spokesperson pointed to the Wilmington Evening Journal pieces as if they constitute proof. When Fox News pushed back by noting that riding a truck isn’t the same as driving it, the spokesperson then “pointed to a United Federation of Teachers post that touched on Biden driving a school bus in the past as a summer job.”

However, a school bus is nothing like an 18-wheeler. An 18-wheeler is defined as a tractor/trailer trucking rig with 18 wheels and five axles. A school bus, on the other hand, boasts 6 wheels and two axles.

The president made the second slip-up while delivering a speech at the facility.

“Back in 2009, during the so-called Great Recession, the president asked me to be in charge of managing that piece. Then-President Trump. Excuse me, Freudian slip. That was the last president. Anyway, that was President Obama when I was vice-president,” he said, referring to a piece of legislation.

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It’s not clear whether he realized what a Freudian slip implies.

Merriam-Webster defines a Freudian slip as “a slip of the tongue that is motivated by and reveals some unconscious aspect of the mind.”

And so by referring to Obama as Trump, a man whom Biden has made it clear he detests and views as a racist, bigot, you name it, he was — according to the definition of a Freudian slip — basically saying he thinks the same about his former boss.

Another possibility is that he was basically saying he secretly has the same love and admiration for Trump that he’s claimed he does for Obama. Either or.

At another point during the same speech, the president gaffed again by claiming he ran for president “for three reasons” but then listing only two of the reasons before apparently forgetting what he’d been doing.

“I was running for three reasons. One, to restore the soul of this country, a sense of decency and honor. But secondly, to rebuild the backbone of the country — hard-working, Middle-Class folks who built this country — and I’m going to point out unions built the Middle Class. It’s not a joke. Unions built the middle class,” he said.

He then broke off into a tangent about unions and never returned to finish his list.

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The trio of bizarre behavior triggered another round of claims from critics that he’s suffering from some mental condition, perhaps dementia.

Other critics, meanwhile, focused in on his behavior, namely him walking around unmasked and without social distancing.

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Vivek Saxena

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