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Is Joe Okay? Biden’s Mouth Goes Rogue

Is Joe Okay? Biden’s Mouth Goes Rogue

Biden’s had a series of gaffes over the last week that have some Democrats wondering if these are just innocent missteps or something more concerning.

2020 presidential candidate Joe Biden survived the second round of Democratic debates last week simply due to the fact that no one landed a knockout punch against him. The week after, however, has been a much different story.

He’s had a series of gaffes over the last several days that have some in the Democratic party wondering if these are just innocent missteps or something more concerning.

Iowa Gaffes

We’ll start with the one that is getting the most attention. The Des Moines Register reports:

Speaking in Iowa on Thursday night, former Vice President Joe Biden said “poor kids” are “just as talented as white kids,” before correcting himself.

Biden was addressing the Iowa Asian and Latino Coalition, which has been meeting with Democratic presidential candidates as it prepares to make an endorsement next week.

Speaking about his education plan, which would triple federal investment in lower-income school districts, Biden said the country should challenge students and increase the number of advanced placement programs in those schools.

“We have this notion that somehow if you’re poor you cannot do it. Poor kids are just as bright and just as talented as white kids,” Biden said, before adding: “Wealthy kids. Black kids. Asian kids. No, I really mean it. But think how we think about it.”

“They can do anything anybody else can do, given a shot,” Biden added.

Watch video of Biden’s remarks below:

Biden’s comments were similar to controversial ones he made in 2007 on the same issue.

The Biden campaign issued a statement after his Iowa speech Thursday, suggesting that the Democratic frontrunner “misspoke:”

Kate Bedingfield, Biden’s deputy campaign manager, said in a statement that the former vice president “misspoke and immediately corrected himself during a refrain he often uses to make the point that all children deserve a fair shot, and children born into lower-income circumstances are just as smart as those born to wealthy parents.”

If that’s the case, perhaps Biden’s deputy campaign manager should be the one delivering his speeches going forward, because that is not at all what Biden’s comments sounded like.

When asked about Biden’s “poor kids” gaffe, Trump told reporters that Biden was “not playing with a full deck.”

During that same speech, Biden also mixed up the names of former British Prime Minister Theresa May and the late former PM Margaret Thatcher, the second time this year he has done so. He did this while lying about President Trump’s “very fine people” statement about the Charlottesville riots:

“Words that stunned the nation, and I would argue – I know – shocked the world. International leaders spoke about it,” Biden said, referring to Trump’s Charlottesville comments.

“You had people like Margaret Tha… excuse me,” Biden said, catching himself. “You had people like the former chairman and the leader of the party in Germany. You had Angela Merkel stand up and say how terrible it was. International leaders looked at us like, ‘what in God’s name is happening to the United States of America?'”


He also mixed May and Thatcher up during a fundraiser he did back in May.

Another Biden gaffe came from an appearance he made in Iowa Thursday at the state fair:

“There is nothing we’ve ever decided to do we’ve been unable to do. Period. That’s not hyperbole. We have never, never, never failed when we’re together. And ladies and gentlemen, it’s time to get up. Everybody knows who Donald Trump is. Even his supporters know who he is. We got to let him know who we are. We choose unity over division. We choose science over fiction,” he said.

“We choose truth over facts,” Biden concluded — not seeming to realize facts support the truth, generally speaking.

Weekend Shootings

On Sunday night, Biden misstated the locations of the two mass shootings that took place over the weekend:

Former Vice President Joe Biden misstated the sites of this weekend’s mass shootings during a Sunday fundraiser near San Diego before correcting himself later in his remarks, according to a pool report from the event.

The 2020 presidential hopeful was speaking at the home of businessman Mark Arabo when he referred to “the tragic events in Houston today and also in Michigan the day before” before correcting himself, noting the shootings took place in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio.

More Lies About Charlottesville

Also on Thursday, Biden was challenged for the first time about his repeated falsehoods about what President Trump said about the Charlottesville protesters. He continued to lie about it:

As a reminder, in addition to Republicans and conservatives having soundly debunked Biden’s falsehoods about Trump and Charlottesville, back in April even CNN’s Jake Tapper admitted Trump’s remarks had been taken out of context:


In addition to all of this, the left-wing on Thursday finally called out a Biden falsehood about Trump’s past comments on MS-13, noting that Obama’s former veep had taken Trump’s statements about the notorious gangs “out of context.” That was a charitable way of saying Biden has just flat out lied.

Tapper noted today that Democrats were starting to “express doubts” about Biden:

What could that “something else” be? Perhaps Trump is on to something.

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“We choose truth over facts,” Biden concluded — not seeming to realize facts support the truth, generally speaking.

For a Dimocrat, facts and truth are two totally unrelated concepts. If you’re a Dimocrat, and the facts happen to support your “truth”, then that’s just a bonus. Otherwise, you choose “truth” over facts.

    Tom Servo in reply to rinardman. | August 9, 2019 at 2:23 pm

    “Something more concerning”??? How about the fact that he’s a senile fool who has no comprehension of the words that are tumbling out of his mouth? How ya gonna fix THAT one???

      bw222 in reply to Tom Servo. | August 9, 2019 at 4:27 pm

      Actually Biden has always been known for his gaffes. While age may be a contributing factor, Biden’s #1 problem is intellect (or lack thereof).

        notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to bw222. | August 9, 2019 at 5:32 pm

        Tell Ol’ Joe not to worry.

        The DNC and their MSM have a plan to crowbar him in.

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    Paul in reply to rinardman. | August 9, 2019 at 2:37 pm

    This fool has bee gaffetastic for decades.

    The poor Dims have to choose… do they want a radical Marxist with zero appeal to middle-America, or a doddering old groping fool who is sure to stick his foot into his mouth repeatedly?

If Biden is the Democrat nominee, then he could wear a KKK-style white hood for the entire campaign, publicly cook and eat black babies at every campaign stop with burning crosses and hangman nooses displayed in the background, and the MSM/DNC axis would cover for him. The American media possesses a Joseph Goebbels-level evil.

    I think the Dem Establishment has the same problem with Biden that the GOP-e had with Jeb. The Establishment loves him, but the base loathes him. Plus, he is a horrible campaigner.

UnCivilServant | August 9, 2019 at 1:34 pm

I think there are three probable answers – Joe was always an idiot; Joe doesn’t actually want to run; or Joe is suffering neurological issues.

“or something more concerning”

He has Stage-4/terminal Democratitis – the overwhelming urge to tell other people what to do simultaneously forcibly demanding money from those people to develop the forcible means to force others to do what he demands.

Notice the frequency of the word “force” when it comes to Democrats.

perhaps Biden’s deputy campaign manager should be the one delivering his speeches going forward

That’s actually a pretty good idea. If the Party is serious about running some guy who’s apparently just short of drooling all over his shirt, the less the voting public sees of him the better.

    Paul in reply to tom_swift. | August 9, 2019 at 2:39 pm

    That’s kinda what they did with Jugears (aka The Won).

    The Dims would swoon and wax poetic about how intelligent he was when he regurgitated what was written on his teleprompter.

    And then he would sound like a stuttering buffoon when he attempted to speak extemporaneously.

    Guess which is true?

    The problem with Gropey Joe is that I doubt he can even manage to read off the teleprompter without sounding like a moron.

    CKYoung in reply to tom_swift. | August 9, 2019 at 4:19 pm

    That is called “The hillary clinton 2016 strategy.”

Joe has always been a gaffe machine. He’s just an old gaffe machine now!

Both John Adams and Patrick Moynahan would have something to say about facts, but they are both dead white men.

“Good facts” versus “real facts” …. Bab 5

Real life overshadows science fiction…

Colonel Travis | August 9, 2019 at 2:11 pm

Joe Biden = what the media told us Dan Quayle was (but really wasn’t) x 100 gazillion.

Jake Tapper >>> they think this is something else.<<<

"They" are the progressive left. Obama's camp are punching back after that junked-up Quinnipiac poll showing Harris at 1%. This is democratic party internecine squabbling gone public.

"They" didn't find Hillary's very public physical maladies like stumbling and tripping on stairs or fainting while trying to board the Scooby mobile concerning. Nah, that was just a condition of exhaustion because Hillary was a hardcore campaigner! All very understandable! And all those photographs showing a google-eyed liquored-up Hillary tossing back cocktails? Well, we'll just pretend she's not a sotted, nasty old hen.

    Tom Servo in reply to Tiki. | August 9, 2019 at 2:27 pm

    Kamela was destroyed by Tulsi Gabbard in that last debate, and I think it was a kill shot. In any future debate, all any opponent of Kamela has to do is repeat Gabbard’s lines – Kamela had no answer. There is no answer.

      Tiki in reply to Tom Servo. | August 9, 2019 at 2:47 pm

      I very much doubt Harris’ utter ruination by Gabbard’s thrust and parry. Not only is it wishful thinking by those of us on the right – it ignores how coastal progressives think and feel about Biden. They hate Biden. The antifa wing hate Biden. Google hates Biden. The Media dislike Biden. They simply won’t accept his nomination without a very nasty public fight.

      It wouldn’t be the first time that polling was used to drive consensus instead of measuring it.

        Tom Servo in reply to Tiki. | August 9, 2019 at 4:47 pm

        oh I agree with you about Biden – but Harris is no answer. Besides the flaws Gabbard pointed out, there’s the little fact that she’s a fake-black descendant of a big slave owning family. In fact of all the candidates running for President, she’s the only one that comes from a line of slave-masters. (well she’s in the perfect line of work, that’s for sure)

        And that doesn’t even get into how she only got into politics because she was eager to be Willie Brown’s sex toy, and even he can’t stand her anymore.

OK, I’m sorry. I don’t get the uproar over Biden’s statement about poor kids. I must be missing something. Any help?

Biden has never been very smart. Now he’s old, too. He should have retired years ago.

“We have this notion that somehow if you’re poor you cannot do it. Poor kids are just as bright and just as talented as white kids,” Biden said, before adding: “Wealthy kids. Black kids. Asian kids. No, I really mean it. But think how we think about it.”

Which makes perfect sense, so long as you understand that “how we think about it” means “how I, Joe Biden, think about it.”

Of course, no one would doubt that there are some very bright poor kids and also some very dull rich kids. The problem happens when no one’s willing to admit that some kids are brighter than others, and some kids are just kinda dull, and only a very few are very, very bright.

And because they can’t or won’t admit to human variation in intelligence they insist that, yes, all children have the same capabilities. And therefore all should be taught the same material in the same classroom at the same rate by the same teacher. Because if only you stingy taxpayers would pay enough, every child could excel. At everything!

And when that fails, well, “Everyone has won and all must have prizes!”

    There is a very strong statistical correlation between smarts and success, with IQ and Conscientiousness being the strongest indicators of success.

    So no Joe, not all kids are equally talented and not all work equally hard. So outcomes are going to be different, no matter how much of our money you pour at the “problem” (after skimming some off the top first for your union buddies).

      alaskabob in reply to Paul. | August 10, 2019 at 1:32 am

      Watched Jordan Peterson I think. He also points out that 10-15% of people have too low an IQ for anything. Not their fault. Just even more lost in high tech world. College now is a high school finishing course at least first year. Dumbing down college to a participation and indoctrination camp is a waste.

    fscarn in reply to Albigensian. | August 9, 2019 at 4:44 pm

    “and also some very dull rich kids”

    Hmmmm, the Kennedy kids came immediately to mind.

    Ted K, the Fredo of the Kennedy clan.

    Find the video of Caroline giving an interview. You’ll need a calculator if you insist on counting the uhs, the ohs, the you-knows.

    And who could forget how John-John thought that a vertical downward plunge is actually flying horizontally. Of course the stupid happened when he got into a plane at dusk with fog accumulating, forgetting that he wasn’t instrument-rated.

    Lots and lots of stories on this stupid family. While Old Joe was undeniably smart, his progeny was/is not.

Gotta maintain a sense of humor to deal with growing old … if a person were to graph the number of times I’ve used the word “whatchamacallit” over the years, it’s been going up steadily since I retired … in the last 2 years, the increase is turning exponential … now where did I put that thingamabob … the … the … mouse?

Admittedly it’s frustrating – the words that were once on the tip of the tongue sometimes set sail for the far reaches of a person’s vocabulary. I don’t think Joe has dementia or anything like that – rather he’s simply aging and probably suffering from normal “arteriosclerosis” / hardening of the arteries … funny I should remember that word and forget where I put my damn spectacles. 😉

Joe really ought to drop out and simply enjoy the time he has left with his family and friends. If he’s like this now, what would he be like by the inauguration in 2025 – won’t he be 82 then?

I read the transcript, and all I can say is this:

If Trump had said what Biden had said, the mainstream media and the Dems would have gone apoplectic. It would have been the lead story on every media outlet in the country. RACIIST !!

But Sleepy Joe gets a pass because … he’s a Dimocrat.

Don’t seem hardly fair.

Joe has always been a brain-dead moron. This is nothing new.

Biden was never all that intelligent, and what he has is slipping away quickly. He might be a “25th Amendment” candidate if he were to become president.

Far from brain-dead, it’s a fascinating slip.

Taking white kids as a standard of smartness was an unnoticed part.

Now biden has snapped at a young person because he doesn’t like the questions she asked. Then he grabbed her arm, apparently out of anger. I thought democrats aleays demanded prosecution and jail time for males who touch females without their consent.

joe biden is a disaster.

Oops: Biden says “we choose truth over facts”

Because facts are sometimes racist.

I dunno, it sounds to me like his soft bigotry of low expectations tumbling out. That is much like a freudian slip.

Joe has never been the sharpest mind in D.C. but since the mid 70’s he has had staff, lobbyists and other sycophants such as the media, who counted on his leaks, whispering in his ear, telling him how the country needs him. In addition to his mental deficiencies, he is a bully. The few times he is ever challenged, he immediately strikes out. An example was his grabbing a college students arm today, when she deigned to accept his answer that there were 3 genders. He is an example of the worst of our Washington elites.

“back in April even CNN’s Jake Tapper admitted Trump’s remarks had been taken out of context”

When one’s lost the motherless Tapper…

It’s the dog days of August, folks. Joe’s comments at the Iowa state fair – or wherever he said them – will be forgotten soon after Labor Day, if not by next week. Yeah, there’s a “bell curve” of a statistical distribution of almost any human trait when you have a sample size in the millions as you do here. My vague recollection of introductory statistics is that it’s called the Central Limit Theorem. Approx. 70% reside in the middle – between 1 sigma below the mean and 1 sigma above the mean. Approx. 15% fall below the lower 1 sigma point & 15% above upper 1 sigma point. Mathematically, it’s approximated as a normal curve.

Rick the Curmudgeon | August 11, 2019 at 1:31 pm

Nancy Pelosi says “You people leave Jim, uh Joe alone!”

Ol’ Joe the merry old soul has been in Congress since he was five. He’s never had to actually think. He’s a like a mosquito that won’t go away and you can’t find the swatter.