Gaffes pile up for Biden’s 2020 campaign as Trump team takes aim

10 Jan 2021

Former Vice President Joe Biden, the current frontrunner in the 2020 Democratic race, has been hit by a new wave of gaffes and errors over just a few days – something that President Trump and his reelection campaign are increasingly pointing to as a problem for the potential White House rival.Biden was hit by a Washington Post report this week that found that a moving military story – which the former senator called “God’s truth” – was not true. JOE BIDEN TOLD MOVING MILITARY STORY AT CAMPAIGN STOP -- BUT 'IT NEVER HAPPENED,' REPORT SAYS The story was an emotional account of Biden's decision to travel to Afghanistan, despite concerns about visiting a war-torn area, in order to honor a Navy captain for retrieving the body of his dead comrade during battle. According to Biden, he brushed off concerns about the risk of him traveling to the deadly area. “We can lose a vice president,” he said, recounting his words to a crowd during an event on Friday. “We can’t lose many more of these kids. Not a joke.” His story involved the captain dramatically telling Biden he didn't want the medal because his comrade ended up dying. But after speaking with more than a dozen military and campaign sources, the Post determined the event "never happened" and that "almost every detail in the story appears to be incorrect." The gaffe bemused even sympathetic analysts, with MSNBC host Chris Matthews insisting that a reporter would be fired for making such errors. "I mean, he's not Ernest Hemingway. You don't get to make it up based upon facts. You have to have the facts," he said. Biden, 76, later told The Post that he “was making the point how courageous these people are, how incredible they are, this generation of warriors, these fallen angels we’ve lost.” Biden also drew scrutiny this week when he said in South Carolina that he didn’t know U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson. “I don’t know the new prime minister of England. He looks like Donald Trump, I know that," he said at a town hall. Apart from being a swipe at someone with whom he may need to forge good ties with as president, the comment is notable because Johnson has long been an internationally known politician. He recently served as the country’s foreign secretary and was mayor of London when Biden was vice president. It also isn't Biden's only British-related gaffe. In May, he said the prime minister was Margaret Thatcher (who served as prime minister from 1979 until 1990), not then-PM Theresa May. He quickly corrected himself. Biden has long had a reputation for gaffes, but they appear to have grown in number during this campaign, leading to some speculation about whether his age could become a factor in the 2020 campaign. Trump has called Biden by the nickname “Sleepy Joe" for some time. Last weekend, Biden said in New Hampshire: “I love this place, what’s not to like about Vermont?” He later appeared to have difficulty recalling where he had just spoken. Last year he admitted to being a gaffe “machine,” b

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