Trump’s Latest Gaffes Mocked By the Biden Campaign – Former President Donald Trump has routinely mocked President Joe Biden’s age, and in September described him as a “wretch old vulture.” However, he also suggested that it isn’t just Biden’s age that is an issue.
“Age is interesting because some people are very sharp, and some people do lose it, but you lose it at 40 and 50, also,” Trump said on SiriusXM’s “The Megyn Kelly Show,” also in September. “But no, he’s not too old at all. He’s grossly incompetent.”
Those words could come back to haunt the former president, especially as the Biden campaign has seized on Trump’s latest gaffes, notably earlier this month when he seemed to confuse which city he was in.
“A very big hello to a place where we’ve done very well: Sioux Falls. Thank you very much, Sioux Falls,” Trump said at a recent rally, which was actually in Sioux City, Iowa – not Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
While some in the crowd caught the mistake and shouted back to Trump, he didn’t correct himself until Bradley Zaun, a state lawmaker, whispered in his ear about the mix-up, ABC News reported.
The Biden campaign used the moment as part of a highlight reel of the numerous times that the former president has appeared incoherent or confused. It released a video montage of Trump’s gaffes on X – the social media platform formerly known as Twitter – that included not only the Sioux Falls/Sioux City mix-up but also included Donald Trump struggling to read from a teleprompter and his inability to pronounce “Hamas” in a recent speech.
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It isn’t just the Biden campaign that is paying close attention to what Trump says or does in the hopes of catching him in full-on “gaffe mode.” Last month, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis also launched a “Trump accident tracker,” which was intended to put the spotlight on slip-ups as well as controversial statements the former president has made.
“To highlight the liability that Trump is for his own campaign and remind the American people of the liability he would be in the Oval Office, we will now be keeping a daily record of how long Trump can go without causing an accident on the job,” Andrew Romeo, a spokesperson for the DeSantis campaign, said in a statement.
The tracker made its debut just a day after Trump confused Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán as the “leader of Turkey,” in an address to supporters in New Hampshire. It further put the spotlight on Trump’s comments that have drawn confusion and criticism, including when the former president described the terrorist group Hezbollah as “very smart.”
Governor DeSantis has also taken aim at Trump directly.
“I think he was energetic, freewheeling back then,” DeSantis told reporters last month. “I think it was really about ‘America first.’ Now, I think, he’s on the teleprompter. Most of the stuff he’s talking about is about himself and his issues, and that’s not the inspiring message that is going to be able to win the day with the American people.”
Former United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley, who is 51, has also been quite vocal that she believes both Biden and Trump are too old for the job, and has called for politicians over the age of 75 to take mental competency tests.
“I’m not saying that to be disrespectful,” Haley said in September while noting the mental lapses of the late Senator Dianne Feinstein of California and Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky.
“At what point do they get it’s time to leave?” Haley pondered, adding “They need to let a younger generation take over.”
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