President Joe Biden has developed a reputation for gaffes and public misstatements that leave others scratching their heads in an attempt to decipher what he was trying to say.
During an event in New Jersey on Tuesday, he appeared to follow that pattern with the claim that people no longer use the word “tornado” to describe the devastating natural disaster.
“And it’s all across the country”
According to the Washington Examiner, the president did not provide a preferred alternative name for tornadoes but used the recent storms across much of the northeastern United States to reiterate his prescriptions for combating climate change.
He was in Hillsborough this week to survey damage caused by the remnants of Hurricane Ida, which led to severe flooding across the region.
While participating in a press briefing with Democratic Gov. Phil Murphey and other officials, Biden discussed the situation as well as the federal assistance that will be available to those impacted by the severe storm.
“And so, we’re all in this together, and we’ve got to — we’ve got to make sure that we don’t leave any community behind,” he said. “And it’s all across the country.”
Biden went on to emphasize the perceived impact of climate change on weather patterns in a rambling remark about the prevalence of tornadoes in states across the U.S.
“What looks like a tornado”
“You know, the members of Congress know from their colleagues in Congress that, you know, the — what looks like a tornado — they don’t call them that anymore — that hit the crops and wetlands in the middle of the country, in Iowa, in Nevada, and — I mean, it’s just across the board,” Biden claimed.
Joe Biden on tornadoes: “…they don’t call them that anymore…” pic.twitter.com/HwkpYzv8bm
— Charlie Spiering (@charliespiering) September 7, 2021
Biden went on to argue that Americans can no longer simply “build back and restore” what is lost during severe weather events because climate change guarantees new threats will inevitably follow.
Instead, he insisted that humans are responsible for the problem and advocated for massive investment in policies and projects meant to stem the tide.
He went on to tout his multitrillion-dollar infrastructure proposal and social spending packages as a way to combat extreme weather like tornadoes — or whatever it is people are calling them these days.