While it’s no big secret that Joe Biden is a walking gaffe machine, the number of flubs he’s made just this month alone are raising alarm bells in Democratic circles.

Just a couple of weeks ago, I wrote about several gaffes the Democratic presidential frontrunner made in just a few days time during a campaign swing through Iowa. Among them, Biden said “Poor kids are just as bright and just as talented as white kids” and “We choose truth over facts.”

He also, for the second time this year, confused former British PM Theresa May and the late former PM Margaret Thatcher.

The day after that disastrous Iowa trip concluded, Biden went back to his home state of Delaware to take some time off from the campaign trail.

Biden’s back at it this week in Iowa, and in spite of several days of rest the gaffes haven’t stopped. At a campaign stop in Urbandale on Tuesday, he recalled the assassinations of Robert F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King, Jr., which he incorrectly stated happened “in the 70s”:

“When Bobby Kennedy and Dr. King had been assassinated in the 70s, the late 70s when I got engaged,” he said in the run-up to making a point about how times have changed.


While Mr. Biden went on to place iconic 1960s slogans in the correct decade, he also stated that the women in his audience wouldn’t remember them.

“Up to that time remember — none of you women would know this, but a couple of men may remember — that was a time, in the early, late 60s and the early 60s and 60s, where it was ‘drop out,’ go to ‘Haight Ashbury,’ ‘don’t get engaged,’ ‘don’t trust anybody over 30,’ ” he went on to say.


At another campaign event that same day, Biden tried to clarify the gaffe he’d made twice during his previous Iowa trip about the Parkland students visiting him “when I was vice president.”

His explanation was almost as bad as the original gaffes themselves:

Speaking at a campaign event, Biden said he “was still called vice president” when he met with the students from Parkland.

“I also met with the kids from Parkland, in the Capitol,” Biden said. “I was still called vice president, but it was in ’18.”

His memory of the event, however, remains incomplete.

“They asked me to come speak to them in the rotunda,” Biden said, before pausing to think.

“I think it was the rotunda, it was one of the buildings, or one of the rooms in the Capitol,” he said.


That’s just downright embarrassing. And nobody’s buying it.

Biden’s penchant for making these types of mistakes on the campaign trail has gotten so bad that it has led to speculation about his mental acuity. His own physician even talked to Politico this week to assure people that Biden “is every bit as sharp as he was 31 years ago. I haven’t seen any change.”

I’m not a doctor and certainly not someone who can make a diagnosis from afar in any way, shape, or form, but this doesn’t look like it can just be blamed on tiredness, long days on the campaign trail, and “Joe being Joe.”

I’m not saying this because of politics, either. You don’t even have to take my word for it. Watch the videos and see for yourself. Something is off here, way off.

Is Joe okay? I hope he is, for his sake and for his family’s.

— Stacey Matthews has also written under the pseudonym “Sister Toldjah” and can be reached via Twitter. —


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