Former Vice President Joe Biden may be the frontrunner for the Democratic nomination, but he’s still having enormous trouble delivering a coherent sentence.
And not even a teleprompter could prevent the latest Biden gaffe.
While trying to deliver an address from his own home, the former VP seemingly lost track of his teleprompter during a speech on the coronavirus crisis and struggled mightily to get through his speech.
While discussing the crisis, Biden suddenly stopped talking, before frantically motioning off-camera staff with his hand below the podium.
While warning people about the coronavirus and detailing ways to be safe, Biden was literally touching his face despite ongoing warnings not to do that during the coronavirus pandemic.
“And, in addition to that, in addition to that we have to make sure that we, we are in a position that we are, well met me go the second thing, I’ve spoken enough on that,” Biden said before going on to speak about the aggressive action he would like Trump to take under the Defense Production Act.
Trying to go off script, Biden eventually deserted his attempts, saying, “Let me go to the second thing.”
Biden's teleprompter broke pic.twitter.com/kgGqYV6wl2
— Timothy Burke (@bubbaprog) March 23, 2020
It didn’t take long for several prominent political figures to blast Biden for the blunders.
“What a disaster,” GOP spokesperson Elizabeth Harrington wrote. “Biden has had plenty of time to think about this, and he can’t even figure out what to say without help from a teleprompter.”
What a disaster
Biden has had plenty of time to think about this, and he can't even figure out what to say without help from a teleprompter
Thank God we have a strong, steady, real leader in the White House! pic.twitter.com/tPiSbOZivP
— Elizabeth Harrington (@LizRNC) March 23, 2020
Critics took to Twitter to mock the situation:
yeah, just watched Biden touch his face and tell a teleprompter person to move up the script he's been rehearsing for 6days. Good luck!
— Tony Bruno (@TonyBrunoShow) March 23, 2020
Let me get this straight. The Biden camp has INSISTED for the past six days that—rather than simply hiding from the public—he was tirelessly briefing with top COVID19 experts. Now, in his first public address in a week, he can’t remember what he learned. pic.twitter.com/M6uNXOzzq8
— Aren R. LeBrun (@proustmalone) March 23, 2020
What is Joe Biden doing with his hand here?
It looks like Biden’s teleprompter went down during his coronavirus press briefing today, and his staff forgot to put a copy of his speech at the podium. pic.twitter.com/YVBz1QJK2R
— Francis Brennan (Text TRUMP to 88022) (@FrancisBrennan) March 23, 2020
Senile Joe Biden Presser:
Begins by touching his face
Calls Mass. Gov., Charlie Baker, Charlie Parker
Teleprompter freezes and he’s lost.
He should have stayed hidden.
— Juanita Broaddrick (@atensnut) March 23, 2020
It’s almost certain Biden will secure the Democratic nomination.
If the trend continues, and there’s no indication anything will change, Biden will soon secure the party nomination and have to choose someone who will run on the ticket with him in the general election.
In a call with reporters, Biden said that he will “start that vetting process relatively soon, meaning in a matter of weeks,” and “there will be a group that is in excess of six or seven people that I look at — because those background checks matter.”
Biden is confident enough that he has shifted into general election mode and recently promised to select a woman as his vice-presidential running mate, which narrows down the selection a bit.
These 3 names, among others, are likely at the top of Biden’s shortlist:
- California Democratic Sen. Kamala Harris
- Massachusetts Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren
- Minnesota Democratic Sen. Amy Klobuchar
Biden in the call acknowledged he had consulted with former President Barack Obama about his possible pick.
“But I think there are plenty of women who are ready, been tested out there who are capable of answering all those questions,” he told reporters. “And the most important thing, and I’ve actually talked to Barack about this — the most important thing is that there has to be someone who, the day after they’re picked, is prepared to be President of the United States of America if something happened.”
During the Democratic primary debate two weeks ago, Biden vowed that his eventual choice of a running mate would be a woman.
After vowing to nominate a black woman to the Supreme Court, Biden then added: “Secondly, if I’m elected president, my Cabinet, my administration will look like the country, and I commit that I will, in fact, appoint a woman to be vice president. There are a number of women qualified to be president tomorrow. I would pick a woman to be my vice president.”
Trump officially became the presumptive presidential nominee of the Republican Party on Tuesday night after securing resounding victories in both the Florida and Illinois primary elections.
Trump surpassed the 1,276 delegates needed to secure the nomination two months earlier than he did in 2016 when he battled more than a dozen candidates in the crowded field.
And, unsurprising to most, Trump has already made it clear he’s sticking with Vice President Mike Pence.