Former Vice President Joe Biden offered condolences to the Houston, Texas and Michigan in the wake of two mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio.
The 76-year-old 2020 Democratic candidate for president made the gaffe during a Sunday night speech to high-dollar fundraisers in at the San Diego home of businessman Mark Arabo, referring to the incidents as “the tragic events in Houston today and also in Michigan the day before,” according to the Washington Examiner.
Sunday was not the first time that Biden mixed up names on the 2020 campaign trail. In May, Biden confused former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, who left office in 1990, with then-Prime Minister Theresa May.
“You know what, the president’s words have meaning, no matter who he or she is. They are the face of America,” Biden said at the Sunday fundraiser. He added that he does not hold President Trump personally responsible for the shooting, but noted that he has influence on the country.
Biden reportedly also mentioned Trump referring to people crossing the southern border as animals. Politifact in April found that a viral tweet claiming that Trump called all asylum-seekers animals was false. Trump was referring to MS-13 gang members when he said, “These aren’t people. These are animals.” –Washington Examiner
Meanwhile, Biden warned Democrats that we might have “eight more years of Donald Trump” if they lose the 2020 election, apparently forgetting that we’re in the middle of Trump’s first term.
Trump’s senior moment
President Trump, 73, also flubbed the city while offering his condolences for “those who perished in Toledo,” Ohio, not Dayton. That said, Trump correctly referred to Dayton several times prior to the mistake – which happened while he appeared to be reading from a teleprompter.
“May God bless the memory of those who perished in Toledo, may God protect them. May God protect all of those from Texas to Ohio. May God bless the victims and their families,” said Trump while speaking from the Diplomatic Room of the White House.
In response, 2020 Democratic candidate Rep. Tim Ryan (who?) of Ohio tweeted: “Toledo, Fck me.”
Toledo. Fck me.
— Tim Ryan (@TimRyan) August 5, 2019
We were unable to find Ryan’s tweet similarly knocking Biden.