The other day, former vice president Joe Biden assured everyone “I’m not going nuts,” moments after admitting he couldn’t recall where he spoke hours earlier.
Now his communications director is making the rounds on national media to explain that the 76-year-old’s daily misstatements are really “part of his charm,” and it’s only a thing because of the media’s “unfair standard” for the frontrunner.
“I think the press has to be more careful about applying an unfair standard to Joe Biden than they’re applying to other candidates,” Kate Bedingfield, Biden’s spokeswoman, told MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell.
Bedingfield contends other Democrat candidates make mistakes, too, but “what doesn’t happen is it doesn’t get the outsize attention that Joe Biden gets.”
“If you listen to what the candidates say all day as they’re out campaigning, they’re out in front of the cameras, they’re in front of people, they’re talking all day. Everybody’s going to slip up and misstate a name or a date or a location,” she said.
“It happens all the time.”
Joe Biden’s Melting Brain
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With Biden, it’s multiple times a day.
Over the weekend, Biden thought he was in Vermont while campaigning in New Hampshire, couldn’t remember where he spoke hours earlier, told a climate change heckler to “frack” with him later, and assured his supporters: “I want to be clear, I’m not going nuts,” he said.
“40 killed at Kent State.”
“I’m the first year a Senate ever knew.”
Media focused on Biden’s “imagine Obama assassinated,” which was semi-coherent albeit bizarre. The rest of what he said is gibberish.
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Those so-called “gaffes” followed other embarrassing flubs in recent weeks, including claims Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King, Jr. were assassinated “in the 1970s,” “over 40 kids shot at Kent State” decades ago, and of meeting with survivors of the Parkland school shooting “while vice president,” all easily proven wrong.
He’s also made bizarre statements pondering what would have happened “if Obama had been assassinated,” promoting his close working relationship with segregationists, and other remarks that don’t even make sense, often slurring his words in the process.
“I’m the first year a Senate ever knew,” he recently told folks in New Hampshire.
Joe Biden is clearly experiencing some sort of brain disruptions. He needs a full neurological work up.
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Several other presidential candidates have also misspoken on the campaign trail, but most quickly correct themselves or clarify their comments. Biden often does not, suggesting he either doesn’t care about correcting the record, or he doesn’t realize his mistakes.
Bedingfield contends it’s all part of Biden’s “charm.”
“People know who he is. They know this is a part of his charm. They understand that, you know, they’re getting it straight from him,” she told Mitchell. “It’s not overly packaged. He’s always speaking from his heart. And sure, that means sometimes he’s going to misstate a couple of things. But frankly, so does every other candidate.”