Senin, 26 Oktober 2020

Joe Biden appears to confuse Donald Trump with George W. Bush during virtual campaign event -

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden appeared to forget the name of his opponent during a virtual campaign event on Sunday.

Mr Biden, 77, appeared alongside wife Jill Biden for the I Will Vote Concert live-stream, which featured artists including Pink, Cher and John Legend as well as actresses Amy Schumer and Helen Mirren, among others.

“This is the most consequential – not because I’m running but because of who I’m running against – this is the most consequential election in a long, long, long time,” Mr Biden said.

“And the character of the country, in my view, is literally on the ballot. What kind of country are we gonna be? Four more years of George, uh … George, uh … he, uh … gonna find ourselves in a position where, if uh, Trump gets elected, uh, we’re gonna be, uh, we’re gonna be in a different world.”

The clip was seized upon by Republicans, who suggested Mr Biden had confused Donald Trump with George W. Bush.

Others said the Democratic nominee, who is known for verbal gaffes and stuttered as a child, simply misspoke.

It comes after Mr Biden made another embarrassing slip-up during his 60 Minutes interview which also aired on Sunday.

Discussing his corporate tax plans, Mr Biden suggested he could send “every qualified person to a four-year college in their state for $US150 billion”.

60 Minutes fact-checked the claim, which was disputed by the nonpartisan Tax Policy Centre.

“After our interview, Mr Biden’s staff told us he misspoke, and that the cost of free public college could be twice as much as he said,” host Norah O’Donnell told viewers.

At the final presidential debate in Tennessee last week, Mr Biden at one point mistakenly referred to the far-right Proud Boys as the “Poor Boys”, generating amusement online.

Several commentators noted there were times the former Vice President appeared to lose focus during the debate.

“There were clearly times when Joe Biden seemed to falter a little bit in making his point or finishing his sentence,” Fox News host and first debate moderator Chris Wallace said afterwards.

Republicans have stepped up attacks on Mr Biden’s mental fitness in recent weeks, after appearing to back away from the issue amid fears it could backfire.

Mr Trump, 74, earlier this month tweeted that his rival had “dementia”, a word he had previously avoided using, later telling a rally that he was mentally “shot”.

After that rally the President tweeted a photoshopped image depicting Mr Biden in a wheelchair in a nursing home with the words “Biden for Resident”.

With nine days to go until the election on November 3, the two candidates have markedly different schedules.

Mr Biden had no in-person events planned for Sunday and his campaign called a “lid” at midday ahead of his evening appearance at the virtual concert.

Mr Trump, meanwhile, spent Sunday campaigning in New England, addressing an airport rally in New Hampshire and visiting an apple orchard in Maine.

The Republican has repeatedly mocked the Biden campaign for calling early “lids”, a term used by reporters when the candidate is effectively done for the day.

“Today, you know what happened, right? He put the lid on,” he told the Manchester, New Hampshire rally on Sunday.

“Do you know what the lid is? He’s constantly putting the lid on. The lid means, I guess it’s referring to a garbage can, right? You put the lid. I dunno, there’s something going on. Somebody said it’s strategy, it’s not, because really strategy would be coming out.”

Mr Trump suggested Mr Biden was hiding because he was scared of making a “stupid statement”.

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