Even before entering the White House, President Joe Biden had already become notorious for regularly making gaffes and bizarre statements.
That trait was on display again this week when the president made an awkward Holocaust reference while visiting Israel.
Biden refers to “the truth and honor of the Holocaust”
According to Fox News, the incident took place on Wednesday as Biden gave a speech shortly after arriving in the Jewish state.
At one point during his address, the president mistaken spoke of a need “to keep alive the truth and honor of the Holocaust.”
“Later today, I will once more return to the hallowed ground of … Yad Vashem to honor the 6 million Jewish lives that were stolen in a genocide and continue — which we must do every, every day — continue to bear witness, to keep alive the truth and honor of the Holocaust — horror of the Holocaust — honor those we lost, so that we never, ever forget that lesson, you know, and to continue our shared, unending work to fight the poison of anti-Semitism wherever it raises its ugly head.”
Teleprompter gaffe leads to mockery
The flub came in the wake of another episode earlier this month in which Biden ended up reading the instructions that were displayed on his teleprompter.
“It is noteworthy that the percentage of women that register to vote and cast a ballot is consistently higher than the percentage of men who do so. End of quote. Repeat the line,” he said.
Joe Biden accidentally reads the part on the teleprompter that says “repeat the line” when they wanted him to say the line again lmfao pic.twitter.com/pS3GdXPe5N
— Greg Price (@greg_price11) July 8, 2022
That led to widespread mockery on social media, with Tesla CEO Elon Musk putting out a tweet compared the president to fictional movie character Ron Burgundy.
Whoever controls the teleprompter is the real President! pic.twitter.com/1rcqmwLe9S
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 8, 2022
Fox News noted that further scorn followed when Assistant Press Secretary Emilie Simons attempted to claim that Biden had actually said “let me repeat that line.”
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis spokeswoman Christine Pushaw responded by tweeting, “Everyone can see the video and hear what he said, yet you are lying about it. Do you think 1984 was an instruction manual?”