Joe Biden Can’t Tell Wife from Sister at SuperTuesday Speech And Other Strange Tales From The Democrat Campaign Trail

March 5, 2020

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Former Vice President Joe Biden who is contending for the Democrat candidacy for the 2020 presidential election, had a successful run on SuperTuesday winning eight of the 15 states which held primary elections and caucuses.

 But the triumphant speech he gave in Los Angeles was much less successful. When Biden went to introduce his wife and sister, standing on either side of him, he became confused. 

“By the way, this is my little sister Valerie,” Biden said, gesturing to his wife, Dr. Jill Biden.

“And I’m Jill’s husband,” he continued, taking the hand of his sister. 

When he realized his mistake, he tried to cover by saying, “You switched on me.” 

Not all the crowd came to cheer. A group called  Direct Action Everywhere showed up to protest the dairy industry. Several of the protesters rushed the stage with signs saying, “Let dairy die.” Two women managed to get onto the stage before being pulled away. 

Biden’s gaffes are so prevalent that tracking them has become an internet competition. Biden has even referred to himself as a “gaffe machine.” 

Some of his recent gaffes include, but certainly are not limited to:

  • During his campaign rally speech in Houston, Texas on Monday, Biden seemingly forgot the words to the Declaration of Independence. “We hold these truths to be self-evident. All men and women created by the you know, you know the thing,” he said to the crowd.
  • In the same speech, Biden also mistakenly referred to Super Tuesday as Super Thursday. “Look, tomorrow’s Super Thurs… Tuesday,” he said, just catching himself in time, as members of the audience laughed. “I’ll tell you what, I’m rushing ahead, aren’t I?” Jordan Chariton, the founder of Status Coup, tweeted criticism of this gaffe and his account was suspended by Twitter for allegedly violating the platform’s rule of posting “false information about voting or registering to vote.”
  • Last week, Biden spoke at South Carolina Democrat Party’s First in the South Dinner. He ended his speech by saying:  “Where I come from, you don’t go very far unless you ask. My name’s Joe Biden. I’m a Democratic candidate for the United State’s Senate. Look me over. If you like what you see, help out. If not, vote for the other Biden. Give me a look though, okay?”
  • Also last week, Biden claimed that he was arrested in South Africa trying to free Nelson Mandela from prison. That claim was later fond to be false.
  • Also last week,  Biden told CNN his late son, Beau Biden, had served as U.S. attorney general. Beau Biden was, in fact, the attorney general for the state of Delaware from 2007-2015.
  • In fact, Joe’s first run for the Oval Office in 1987 was sideswiped by his misspeaking. He lifted entire passages and even gestures from a speech by the leader of the British Labour Party, Neil Kinnock, without giving credit to him. He later called the accusations of plagiarism “much ado about nothing.”  He also claimed to have finished in the top half of his class at Syracuse Law School; he graduated 76th of 85. Shortly after this, he dropped out of the race
  • In 2010, while still vice president, Joe was speaking at a White House St. Patrick’s Day event when expressed regret over the death of the Irish Prime Minister’s mother, even though she was very much alive at the time. 
  • Less than one week later, he was signing a health bill with President Obama when Biden said: “This is a big f******* deal” into the microphone. 
  • In 2009, Biden was addressing members of the House Democratic caucus Williamsburg, Va., for their annual retreat when he said: “If we do everything right, if we do it with absolute certainty, there’s still a 30% chance we’re going to get it wrong.”
  • At a campaign rally in 2008, Biden said: “I’m told Chuck Graham, state senator, is here. Stand up Chuck, let ’em see you. Oh, God love you. What am I talking about. I’ll tell you what, you’re making everybody else stand up, though, pal.”  Senator Graham was confined to a wheelchair.
  • In 2006, Biden was praising diversity in Delaware which had a growing population of immigrants from India. Biden said: “In Delaware, the largest growth of population is Indian Americans, moving from India. You cannot go to a 7-11 or a Dunkin’ Donuts unless you have a slight Indian accent. I’m not joking.”

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