While Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has long faced criticism for frequent gaffes, his behavior throughout the 2020 election season has led to new speculation regarding perceived cognitive decline.
President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign seized on a number of such verbal stumbles Biden made during public appearances on Monday, as reported by the New York Post.
“That senator who was a Mormon”
Trump 2020 communications director Tim Murtaugh tweeted a “recap” of five flubs from throughout the day.
“Today has been a bad day for Biden,” he concluded.
Among the campaign missteps Murtaugh included were Biden’s reference to “a nonexistent website” as well as his assertion that he was in Pennsylvania instead of Ohio, where he actually was at the time.
Today has been a bad day for Biden.
To recap, he:
👎Confused Ted Kennedy for Klansman Robert Byrd
👎Said he was running for the Senate
👎Forgot Mitt Romney’s name & called him “the Mormon”
👎Said he was in PA when he was in OH
👎Directed voters to a nonexistent website https://t.co/6SQHgcD9DK
— Tim Murtaugh – Download the Trump 2020 app today! (@TimMurtaugh) October 12, 2020
His tweet included a video from earlier in the day in which Biden appeared to confuse the late Rep. Ted Kennedy (D-MA) with the late Rep. Robert Byrd (D-WV), recalling how he had received assistance as a young politician from Kennedy, the Democratic whip. In reality, though, Byrd had taken over as whip two years before Biden was elected.
“I got in trouble”
Another prominent example involved him apparently forgetting the name of 2012 GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney, saying: “I got in trouble when we were running against that senator who was a Mormon, the governor.”
The Trump campaign’s official Twitter account also provided a similar narrative, shedding light on other gaffes from the day — such as his proclamation that he is seeking a Senate seat instead of the presidency.
Joe Biden: “I’m running as a proud Democrat for the Senate” pic.twitter.com/7LTFdJQMgF
— Trump War Room – Text TRUMP to 88022 (@TrumpWarRoom) October 12, 2020
For his part, the president weighed in with a series of tweets mocking his rival.
“If I ever had a day like he had today, they’d say, ‘It’s over. It’s over,'” Trump wrote. “He forgot Mitt Romney’s name. He didn’t know what state he was in. And he said today he’s a proud Democrat running for the US Senate.”