Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden appeared to mistakenly refer to his current opponent, President Donald Trump, as “George” during an interview Sunday.
Biden has a long history of gaffes and misstatements, leading some to wonder about the 77-year-old Democrat’s mental state.
“Four more years of George …”
The Trump campaign’s “Trump War Room” Twitter account shared a clip from an interview on Sunday that Biden and his wife Jill conducted with comedian George Lopez in which it appeared that the befuddled candidate confused Trump with “George” — perhaps a reference to his Republican predecessor George W. Bush.
In the short clip, Biden said, “… what kind of country we are going to be. Four more years of George, uh, George — we, uh, are gonna find ourselves in a position where, if Trump gets elected, we’re gonna be in a different world.” Watch below:
WATCH: Joe Biden confuses President Trump with George Bush.
“4 more years of George, uh, George…” pic.twitter.com/Zzt2brIaYS
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Trump claims Biden “couldn’t remember my name”
The clip went viral and even prompted a response from President Trump himself.
“Joe Biden called me George yesterday. Couldn’t remember my name. Got some help from the anchor to get him through the interview. The Fake News Cartel is working overtime to cover it up!” Trump tweeted Monday morning.
The Biden campaign and media allies were quick to try and counter the claim that Biden had confused Trump with Bush and argued instead that Biden’s mention of “George” was actually a reference to the interviewer, George Lopez.
Additional context doesn’t help
That excuse doesn’t really fly when Biden’s gaffe is viewed in context with the rest of his remarks, and though the fact-checkers at PolitiFact declined to rule one way or the other on the viral clip, the context only serves to reinforce the belief that Biden mistakenly began to refer to Donald Trump as George Bush.
Lopez had asked Biden for his final message to undecided and uninterested voters and why they should vote for him, to which Biden replied that “there’s a lot on the ballot this year. I mean, this is the most consequential — not because I’m running but because of who I’m running against.”
“This is the most consequential election in a long, long, long time. And the character of the country in my view is literally on the ballot, what kind of country are we going to be,” he continued. “Four more years of George, uh, George, uh, he — we’re going to find ourselves in a position where, if Trump gets elected, we’re going to be in a different world.”
The Biden camp and the media may claim that Biden was referencing George Lopez, but that doesn’t make any sense in the context of what was being said, and anyone with a measure of common sense can easily see that Biden, though he quickly caught and corrected himself, did indeed begin to confused Trump with Bush in his plea to late-deciding voters.