Former Vice President Joe Biden (D) landed in hot water after he made a racially insensitive slip-up in a campaign speech Thursday evening.
Biden — who sits comfortably at the top of most 2020 Democratic primary polls — addressed a crowd about the economic opportunities of young people in the United States.
Unfortunately for Biden’s campaign, the former vice president made a terrible gaffe during his speech were he seemed to claim that being white and being poor were opposites.
Joe Biden: “Poor kids are just as bright and just as talented as white kids.” pic.twitter.com/YhDSMnoRce
— Trump War Room (@TrumpWarRoom) August 9, 2019
“The other thing we should do is we should challenge these students. We should challenge students in these schools and have advanced placement programs in these schools. We have this notion that somehow if you’re poor, you cannot do it. Poor kids are just as bright and just as talented as white kids — wealthy kids, black kids, Asian kids.”
Biden clearly realized his gaffe and tried to correct it after a brief pause by correcting to “wealthy kids” and later adding other racial groups.
Still, his correction didn’t land with many. Several took to Twitter to call out the former vice president for his flub, with many questioning how people would have responded if President Donald Trump had made the same slip-up.
joe biden literally just implied white kids are brighter and more talented than non white kids omg pic.twitter.com/cX2nGwlCYa
Another gaffe but If someone else said this it would be dog whistle.
"We have this notion that if you're poor you cannot do it," he said.
"Poor kids are just as bright and just as talented as white kids!" he proclaimed.https://t.co/o0qRzuB6dX
— Charles V Payne (@cvpayne) August 9, 2019
Joe Biden: Donald Trump is the most racisty racist of all the racists!
*rally crowd cheers wildly*
And I’m here to tell you: “poor kids are just as bright and just as talented as white kids!”
— Jason Howerton (@jason_howerton) August 9, 2019
Others wondered how this statement could impact Biden’s presidential bid or his lock at the top of the polls.
Joe Biden slip-up in Iowa tonight.
"Poor kids are just as bright and just as talented as white kids."
Yikes…have fun mitigating that one. pic.twitter.com/m2VxZbnFHF
— Andrew Clark (@AndrewHClark) August 9, 2019
Joe Biden is a gaffe machine.
Tonight: "Poor kids are just as bright and just as talented as white kids."
He tried to save it right after, but that's going to get a lot of use. pic.twitter.com/QpDs2iZ9Hb
— Josh Jordan (@NumbersMuncher) August 9, 2019
Although it may be Biden’s most talked about gaffe of the day, it was one of many. His other flubs included mistaking former U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May with fellow former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher — a mistake Biden has made before.
Here's the Biden quote from tonight. He was talking about international reaction to Trump's comments on the Charlottesville white supremacist rallies. He caught himself before fully saying "Thatcher," saying "excuse me," but didn't replace it with another name. pic.twitter.com/wqbFgITNiy
— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) August 9, 2019
Additionally, Biden slipped up and told the crowd he prefers “truth over facts,” a statement that left many scratching their heads.
Oops: Biden says “we choose truth over facts” pic.twitter.com/bkohPsOmJC
— Natasha Korecki (@natashakorecki) August 8, 2019
Although Biden seemed unable to get ahold of his flubs on Thursday, he has a lot of time to correct himself before anyone casts a vote in the 2020 primary. The Iowa caucuses will take place on February 3, 2020 — which is more than 170 days away.