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ELDER: Biden's gaffes make Trump look like Churchill

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19.08.2019

Former U.S. vice-president Joe Biden, in December 2018, said, “I am a gaffe machine.” File that under the category of truer words have seldom been spoken.

President Donald Trump benefited in the 2016 presidential contest because the unfavourable numbers of his opponent, Hillary Clinton, matched or exceeded Trump’s own unfavourable numbers. This time, in his bid for reelection, Trump’s opponent could be Biden — at this early date, still the front-runner for his party’s nomination. Trump, of course, has been harshly attacked by Democrats, the media and even some Republicans for misstatements, exaggerations and, according to The Washington Post, uttering or writing some “10,000” falsehoods during his first 827 days in office.

But Biden’s record of serial wrongheaded statements, verbal blunders and confusing comments makes him the wrong guy to mock Trump and take advantage of the president’s verbal miscues. About his 2008 running mate, an exasperated Sen. Barack Obama reportedly said, “How many times is Biden going to say something stupid?” The answer is often. Here’s just a sampling:

“Those kids in Parkland came up to see me when I was vice-president.” — Biden, Aug. 10, 2019. The Parkland shooting was a year after Biden left office.

“We choose unity over........

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