Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has fueled speculation throughout the 2020 election cycle that his frequent gaffes and misstatements are evidence of an underlying decline in his cognitive functions.
Unfortunately for his campaign, Monday provided a series of examples that President Donald Trump and his team were able to use in furthering the narrative that he is unfit to lead the country, as reported by CNS News.
“Nearly two years before Biden was elected”
Tim Murtaugh, communications director for the Trump 2020 campaign, set the stage on Monday with a tweet providing a “recap” of no less than five inauspicious remarks from a single day of Biden on the trail.
“Today has been a bad day for Biden,” Murtaugh wrote.
His post expanded on a video that appears to show the former vice president confuse one Senate Democrats who served during his early days on Capitol Hill with another.
“Biden’s now confusing Ted Kennedy with Robert Byrd,” wrote Zach Parkinson, another Trump campaign spokesman. “Biden says he used Kennedy’s Whip office to interview staff after he was elected in 1972. But it was Robert Byrd’s office he used – Kennedy was ousted as whip a nearly two years before Biden was elected.”
Today has been a bad day for Biden.
To recap, he:
👎Confused Ted Kennedy for Klansman Robert Byrd
👎Said he was running for the Senate
👎Forgot Mitt Romney’s name & called him “the Mormon”
👎Said he was in PA when he was in OH
👎Directed voters to a nonexistent website https://t.co/6SQHgcD9DK
— Tim Murtaugh – Download the Trump 2020 app today! (@TimMurtaugh) October 12, 2020
“He didn’t know what state he was in”
Murtaugh went on to cite several other gaffes from the same day, including when he mistakenly told a group in Ohio that he was in Pennsylvania, claimed he was running for a Senate seat instead of the White House, and directed supporters “to a nonexistent website.”
Biden also attracted negative attention for appearing to forget the name of 2012 GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney.
Trump got in on the opprobrium during a rally on Monday evening in Sanford, Florida.
“Biden had a bad day,” he told the crowd. “He forgot Mitt Romney’s name. He didn’t know what state he was in, and he said, today he’s a proud Democrat running for the U.S. Senate.”
The president concluded by highlighting a perceived double standard in the mainstream media’s coverage of the two campaigns: “If I ever had a day like he had today, they’d say, ‘It’s over. It’s over.'”