Joe Biden’s most shocking gaffes – from mixing up Trump and Bush to mistaking his wife for his sister

JOE Biden has a long history of gaffes and verbal blunders – and it has been no different during his presidential campaign in 2020. 

Biden – who has suffered from a lifelong stutter – has frequently been the butt of attacks by Donald Trump and his campaign team over his flubs and mistakes. 

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Trump has gone as far as questioning the 77-year-old’s mental capacity as he appears to forget names and make simple errors – even claiming the former Vice President has “dementia”.

But Biden has acknowledged his history of slip-ups throughout his five decades in politics, and brands himself a “gaffe machine”. 

Yesterday, he misspoke again while addressing supporters and appeared to forget Donald Trump’s name, mistakenly calling him “George”. 

Trump’s mocking of Biden’s gaffes goes back long before he became the Democrat’s presidential candidate.

The President was saying even before Biden won the nomination that he was hoping to run against him because of his flub-prone speech.

Speaking at a private lunch in 2019, he said: “I hope it’s Biden. Biden was never very smart. He was a terrible student. His gaffes are unbelievable.

“When I say something that you might think is a gaffe, it’s on purpose; it’s not a gaffe. When Biden says something dumb, it’s because he’s dumb.”

But despite his slip-ups, Biden retains a strong lead in the polls with just over a week to go until the election.

And if he wins on November 3, we could see another four years of outrageous verbal foul-ups such as these howlers.


Trump slammed Biden as he said the VP "couldn't remember" his name as the Democrat stumbled over his words and said he is fighting against "four more years of George".

Biden's wife Jill then appears to quietly correct him under her breath, and Biden went back to saying "Trump" as they addressed supporters at a virtual concert on October 25.

The VP said: "Four more years of George – we're going to find ourselves in a position where, if Trump gets elected, we're going to be in a different world."

It is believed Biden confused Trump with George W. Bush, who was president from 2001 to 2009.

Trump supporter and former Republican congresswoman Dr Nan Hayworth said the clip showed Biden had "clear signs of Dementia".


Biden appeared to forget the name of 2012 Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney while speaking  at an event in Ohio on October 12. 

Obama and Biden successfully ran against Romney and his VP candidate Paul Ryan, with the Republicans losing out 332 to 206 on electoral votes.

"You may remember, I got in trouble when we were running against the senator who was a Mormon, the governor, OK? And I took him on," Biden said when asked by a reporter about faith.

"No one's faith should be questioned.”

Trump once again seized on the flub, saying: "Mitt can’t be thrilled about this!".

He raged "Joe has never been a nice or kind guy" while accusing him of having "rapidly getting worse 'dementia'."

JOE 30330

Joe Biden seemed to think he was running more than 27,000 years in the future in one gaffe as he battled for the Democratic nomination earlier this year.

#Joe30330 or #Joe3030 started trending after he confusingly told supporters to visit a website that didn't exist.

During his final remarks, Biden laid out his vision as he told them "if you agree with me, go to Joe 30330".

It later emerged 30330 was actually a number for a text message service from which you could either donate or get updates on the campaign.

Web address was then picked up by rival candidate Pete Buttigieg and redirected to his website.

Joe3030 now goes to Biden's campaign.

While Joe30330 still directs to a website owned college student Josh Fayer, with a satirical JoshForAmerica campaign.


Biden appeared to confuse his wife for his sister during an impassioned speech during the Super Tuesday results on March 3.

Standing at the podium, Biden was flanked by his wife, Jill, to his right, and his sister, Valerie, to his left.

Addressing the cheering crowd, Biden said, "By the way, this is my little sister, Valerie," before reaching to the right and grabbing his wife's hand.

He then declared, "And I'm Jill's husband," as he realized his error.

The VP then said, "Oh, no, this is her," pointing to his sister, to whom he then said, "You've switched on me."


Biden had an embarrassing stumble when he claimed he had he assembled the “most extensive and inclusive voter fraud organization” in US history.

Trump called out Biden shortly after the former vice president made the statement in a video interview with Crooked Media — a liberal group founded by a group of former Obama staffers. 

During the interview, Biden said: “We’re in a situation where we have put together, and you guys did it for President Obama’s administration before this, we have put together, I think, the most extensive and inclusive voter fraud organization in the history of American politics.”

Biden continued that “what the president is trying to do is discourage people from voting by implying that their vote won’t be counted, it can’t be counted,” and promised, “we’re gonna challenge it and all these things.”

After the apparent Biden blunder was shared on social media, Trump lashed out at his opponent.

“What a terrible thing for Biden to say! Rigged Election?” Trump tweeted.


Biden accidentally inflated the coronavirus death toll by 1,000 when he mistakenly said 200 million Americans had died rather than 200,000.

The embarrassing botch-up came during a campaign rally in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and would have meant two-thirds of all Americans had been killed by Covid-19.

And this wasn't the first time the Democratic presidential candidate got his facts about the pandemic mixed up.

In May, he was left red-faced, claiming that "we have over 120 million dead from Covid."

Then, in June, Biden made another coronavirus gaffe by claiming 85,000 jobs had been lost in the US as a result of Covid-19 and that millions of Americans had died.

But at the time, at least 85,000 Americans had died and 36.5 million had lost their jobs.


Biden suffered a verbal slip during the second presidential debate when fudged the name of far-right group Proud Boys, instead calling the "Poor Boys".

The Democrat stumbled over his words in the debate with Donald Trump, responding to the President's claim that he was the "least racist person in the room."

Biden said: "He said about the Poor Boys last time he was on stage, he told them to stand down and stand ready. 

"Come on, this guy has a dog whistle about as big as a fog horn."

The VP's attacks of Trump came after the President in the first debate appeared to tell them to "stand back and stand by" – before later disavowing his own comments, telling them to "stand down". 

Biden also misquoted Trump on his comments, wrongly saying he told them to "stand down and stand ready."


On two occasions Biden appears to have said he was "running for Senate" rather than running for President in 2020. 

At an event in Ohio, he said: "You know, we have to come together. That's why I'm running. I'm running as a proud Democrat for the Senate."

Biden also incorrectly said he was running for Senate in February, while asking voters in South Carolina for their support at a Democratic event. 

"Where I come from, you don't go very far unless you ask. My name's Joe Biden. I'm a Democratic candidate for the United States Senate,” he said at the time.

“Look me over. If you like what you see, help out. If not, vote for the other Biden. Give me a look though, OK?" 


While campaigning for the nomination, Biden made a big flub when he said "poor kids are just as bright and just as talented as white kids".

He quickly added: "Wealthy kids, black kids, Asian kids" while speaking at an event in Iowa last October.

Biden later acknowledged his gaffe, but said: "I don’t think anybody thinks that I meant anything other than what I said I meant". 

He added: "I meant to say ‘wealthy.’ I’ve said it 15 [times]. On the spot, I explained it. At that very second, I explained it."

On the same day, Biden boasted his campaign chooses "truth over facts" in another flub.


When speaking about domestic violence, Biden strangely insisted that the US needs to "keep punching at it and punching at it" during the Democrat debate last November.

And to make things worse, he made striking motions with his fist in a painfully tone deaf response as he spoke.

He said: "No man has a right to raise a hand to a woman in anger other than in self-defense and that rarely ever occurs."

The gaffe sparked widespread mockery as he was roasted for his poor choice of words.

And perhaps even worse, the audience in the auditorium could be heard laughing at Biden.


Speaking about the coronavirus before winning the nomination proved difficult as Biden called the place where the virus originated "Luhan Province" during an interview on MSNBC.

Of course, the coronavirus famously originates in the city of Wuhan in China.

In the interview on Monday, Biden said: "I suggested we should have people in China at the outset of this event when it all started — in Luhan province."

In the same interview he also gone the date wrong on a story that he had written for USA Today – saying it was January 17 when it was January 27.

The ex-VP also mixed up his drugstores and government agencies, accidentally referring to CVS as CVC.


In another coronavirus blunder, Biden referred to the killer disease as "Covid-9" rather than "Covid-19". 

His faux pas was made during a virtual town hall with frontline workers, and aired on his own campaign's Facebook page in April.

"We have to invest more money in dealing with pandemic research, dealing with viruses, dealing with studies related to what these viruses are likely to be in the future," he told Shevrin Jones, the Florida state representative who was chairing the event.

"There is more than one coronavirus. This COVID-9 is one strain of that."

Tim Murtaugh, communications director of the Trump 2020 campaign, said the Covid-9 and Luhan blunders showed " he has no idea what he’s talking about".

He said: "He is still the same guy the Obama White House had to apologize for during the swine flu outbreak of 2009. 

"Ol’ Joe has lost his fastball, if he ever had one to start with."

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