Former Vice President Joe Biden had a rough day on the campaign trail filled with gaffes and other statements that could haunt his campaign.
As IJR reported earlier, Biden was widely mocked Wednesday morning after footage from the campaign trail showed him referring to the G7 Summit as the G8 Summit, just before he bragged about his “expertise” on American foreign policy, telling the crowd, “If I have any expertise, it’s American foreign policy.”
Watch Biden’s flub:
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) August 28, 2019
That was just the first of several statements that he flubbed during the day.
During a campaign stop, Biden seemed to struggle to remember Obama’s name, instead referring to the president as his former boss. While telling a story about Russian President Vladimir Putin invaded the Crimean Peninsula, Biden hesitated while describing Obama.
Watch Biden’s speech:
Joe Biden appears to forget Barack Obama's name pic.twitter.com/ffyaqSHYBA
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) August 28, 2019
“They invaded another country and annexed a significant portion of [Ukraine] called Crimea. He’s saying that it was president — my boss — it was his fault,” Biden said.
Finally, Biden landed in hot water after he referred to former Senator Fritz Hollings (D-S.C.) as a “great, great friend.” Hollings was an outspoken supporter of segregation during Biden’s early days in the U.S. Senate.
Watch his comments on Hollings:
Biden again(!) praises his "good friend, and he was my great, great friend" Democrat Fritz Hollings
From NYT: Hollings began his career as an "orthodox segregationist, flying the Confederate battle flag, defending school segregation…" pic.twitter.com/YLId7CSZx9
— Elizabeth Harrington (@LizRNC) August 28, 2019
“The fact of the matter is that I want to thank all of you for coming out today. And, folks, you know, I spent an awful lot of time in South Carolina because of my good friend — and he was my great, great friend who helped me a great deal through some really difficult times — Fritz Holling.”
This is not the first time that Biden’s fond memories with problematic senators has landed him in hot water. He also faced backlash for bragging about his ability to work with segregationists in the 1970s, a statement that his primary opponents used against in the early weeks of his campaign.