As we learned last week, having several days off in order to prepare for the last presidential debate before the election didn’t seem to help Joe Biden against President Trump, the latter of who did a better job by allowing Biden to talk himself into a corner on multiple fronts.
Having a light campaign schedule post-debate hasn’t helped Biden either, as video from a virtual event he and his wife Jill Biden did on Sunday shows.
The Democratic presidential nominee spoke during an “I Will Vote” concert that was held on his and his vice presidential running mate Sen. Kamala Harris’ behalf. Some of the big names who participated in the online show were P!nk, John Legend, A$AP Ferg, Dave Matthews, and others.
At one point, Biden talked about the importance of this election, how it was about the character of the country and the candidates, etc. But as he spoke, Biden forgot President Trump’s name. Instead, Biden called him “George”, presumably a reference to former President George W. Bush (or maybe his father the late President George H.W. Bush):
“This is the most consequential – not because I’m running, but because 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 we’re gonna be? Four more years of George, ah, George, ah, he ah… [we’re] gonna find ourselves in a position where if Trump gets elected, we’re gonna be in a different world.”
It appears as though at least once Jill Biden mouthed Trump to Biden as he was saying “George.”
Biden can't remember which George Bush Donald Trump is: pic.twitter.com/RL48vitdQp
— Eddie Zipperer (@EddieZipperer) October 26, 2020
This morning, Trump got wind of the news and roasted Biden on the Twitter machine:
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!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 26, 2020
It’s not clear if Trump was referring to Jill Biden as being the “anchor” who helped him through the segment, but in any event, Biden’s flub/gaffe/whatever you want to call it has given the president more ammunition on the “is he ready and capable to lead?” front just 8 days out before election day.
Some Twitter users including Donald Trump, Jr. and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee quipped that perhaps Biden wasn’t talking about either of the Bush presidents but instead George Washington, our nation’s first president.
Trump has repeatedly raised questions about Biden’s mental acuity during the course of the campaign, insinuating the former vice president is in a state of advanced cognitive decline. During the primary season, some Democrats were the first to raise the issue, and it blew up to the point that media outlets like Politico began asking physicians to weigh in to address the issue and to confirm he was well enough to run for president.
In late 2019, anonymous Biden advisers floated the possibility that he would only serve one term in sort of a “transitional/pass the torch” role from one generation to next. Biden himself denied the claim, but his continued missteps on the campaign trail including both him and Kamala Harris both referencing a “Harris administration” back in September have only further fueled speculation that all is not well and that he will bow out either during or after only serving four years in the event he wins the election next week.