The campaign season may have ended for Joe Biden, but that doesn’t mean his blunders have.
According to a new report from Breitbart, the media-declared president-elect “got tongue-tied” Thursday while speaking at a press conference alongside his running mate in the White House race, Kamala Harris.
Biden’s latest blunder
Breitbart reported that Biden was trying to outline a recent meeting with state governors when he made a series of verbal flubs.
“We discussed the need to help states with Title 32 funding for the National Guard,” he said, according to Breitbart. “That’s the fancy way of saying governors, governors need to be able to get funding when they disp— when they dis— they need to, uh, and, and, bring their, bring their National Guard into play.”
Title 32 allows for the state or federal government to activate the National Guard, usually in response to a natural disaster, according to Military.com. It also provides the National Guard with certain protections.
It appears Biden was trying to argue that Title 32 ought to be used to invoke the National Guard for help with matters related to clamping down on the coronavirus pandemic. “It costs a lot of money and governors need that paid for,” he said, according to a transcript from Rev. “The fact is that this is a national emergency.”
The pattern continues
Biden’s second slip-up came just minutes later.
“I’m going to— we’re going to impose the— we’re going to enforce the— excuse me, employ the defense, reconstruct the act, to be able to go out there and dictate companies build and do following things,” the former vice president said, according to Breitbart’s report.
Biden: “I’m going to — we’re going to impose the — we’re going to enforce the — excuse me, employ the defense, reconstruct the act, to be able to go out there and dictate companies build and do following things.” pic.twitter.com/LSNrlwufDG
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) November 19, 2020
This time, it appears the Democrat was trying to make a statement about the Defense Production Act, which can be invoked by the president during times of crisis — like the coronavirus pandemic — to force the production of needed supplies. President Donald Trump invoked the measure in March to secure the production of ventilators and masks, as Fox News reported.
On Thursday, Biden was likely pushing Democrats’ argument that the Defense Production Act should be used to force private sector companies to make coronavirus-related supplies, Breitbart noted. But yet again, we’ve been left with anything but a clear picture.