As his gaffe parade continues, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden added insult to injury Thursday by angrily grabbing an Iowa college student by the arm and snapping at her because he didn’t like her questioning him about his stance on gender identity.
Many are now asking, "Is he fit to be president?"
The student – a field staffer for the Christian ministry, Turning Point USA – asked the former vice president about his take on genders … with the LGBT community contending there are dozens upon dozens.
"How many genders are there?" she asked, according to TheBlaze.
Biden responded by asking, “Pardon me?” -- and when the student repeated her question, Biden gave a vague answer.
“There are at least three,” the 76-year-old Democrat insisted, only to have the student come back by pressing, “What are they?”
Keep your hands to yourself
Not liking where the questions were leading, the ex-VP shot a stern warning at the student.
“Don’t play games with me, kid!” Biden barked before reaching out and grabbing the student’s arm and reminding her, “By the way, the first to come out for marriage was me," – most likely referring to his support for legalizing same-sex marriage.
Turning Point Founder and Executive Director Charlie Kirk posted a video of the incident on social media.
“Watch former Vice President Biden forcefully grab one of our young field staffers at yesterday’s Iowa State Fair after she asked him how many genders there are,” Kirk tweeted Friday.
“Biden has taken a lot of heat this election cycle over accusations of him inappropriately touching women in the past,” TheBlaze’s Breck Dumas recounted. “While most of the recent allegations have been characterized as unwelcome signs of affection, Biden's physical contact with Katie did not appear to be friendly in nature.”
The gaffe machine …
As if former President Barack Obama’s old running mate didn’t have enough to worry about while campaigning for the 2020 election, his gaffes kept on coming last week, as well.
“Biden has been criticized for multiple incidents of inappropriately touching girls and women and has had multiple verbal stumbles on the campaign trail,’” the New York Post reported.
And the gaffes weren’t spread out over months, but over a 24-hour period.
“On Thursday, the 76-year-old Biden made three high-profile gaffes on the campaign trail that quickly renewed all of the old doubts about his candidacy,” Breitbart News reported.
The politician began his day confusing everyone around him at the Iowa State Fair – and also himself, apparently – as he tried to take a stab at Trump.
“Everybody knows who Donald Trump is – even his supporters know who he is,” Biden contended near the end of his stump speech, according to Breitbart News. “We got to let him know who we are – we choose unity over division, we choose science over fiction, we choose truth over facts.”
Breitbart’s Haris Alic pointed out says "many of those watching were left confused as to what Biden meant.
“The comment was likely the result of Biden flubbing an applause line he frequently uses to end campaign appearances: ‘we have to choose hope over fear, unity over division and, maybe most importantly, truth over lies,’” says Alic.
“Later in the evening, while addressing a town hall in Des Moines, Iowa – organized by the Asian and Latino Coalition – Biden confused the name of recently ousted British Prime Minister Theresa May, with the late Margaret Thatcher – who left office in 1990,” Alic noted.
Then Biden misquoted the president in an attempt to condemn him.
“Words that stunned the nation, and I would argue – I know – shocked the world … International leaders spoke about it,” Biden charged while falsely accusing Trump of lauding the neo-Nazis and white supremacists in the altercation at Charlottesville, Virginia in 2017 as “very fine people” – a claim that has been debunked by two-year-old transcripts published by Politico.
Biden continued: “You had people like Margaret Thatch… excuse me,” he said while realizing his blunder “You had people like the former chairman and the leader of the party in Germany. You had Angela Merkel stand up and say how terrible it was. International leaders looked at us like, ‘what in God’s name is happening to the United States of America?’”
Biden’s next gaffe drew little media attention.
“We should challenge these students, we should challenge students in these schools to have advanced placement programs in these schools,” the Democratic leader said while talking about how he would reform the education system in the U.S. “We have this notion that somehow if you’re poor you cannot do it. Poor kids are just as bright and just as talented as white kids.”
Breitbart's Alic says Biden's attempt to clarify that statement couldn't repair the damage.
“Biden quickly tried to clarify, adding ‘wealthy kids, black kids, Asian kids’ as an addendum to his last sentence, but despite efforts by the candidate and his team to walk back the racially insensitive remarks, the damage was done,” Alic recalled. “Even before the gaffes were fully understood, several prominent individuals on the left began questioning not only Biden’s capabilities as a candidate, but also his competence to be commander-in-chief.”
After this salvo of gaffes, accoding to Alic, serious concern was raised about whether Biden is actually mentally capable of leading the nation.
“One of the most vocal was Adam Jentleson – a one-time deputy chief of staff to former Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nevada),” Alic noted. “Shortly after the gaffes went viral on Thursday, Jentleson took to social media and called on Biden’s team to prove their candidate was up to the task of running for president.”
Jentleson implied that Biden’s mental and physical state might disqualify him from running for president.
“Biden and his team owe it to voters to [let] him run a real, rigorous public campaign schedule – like everyone else,” Jentleson tweeted Friday. “If he can hack it, great. If not, better to know sooner rather than later. Keeping him under wraps except for big events while trying to skate by is just sketchy.”
The Intercept Bureau Chief Ryan Grim charged Biden’s team with possibly promoting an illegitimate candidate to represent the Democratic Party as its presidential nominee.
“Senior Biden advisers – if they’re trying to smuggle in a candidate who isn’t fully with it – are truly playing with fire,” Grim tweeted Friday. “That’s a sociopathic – and ultimately unsustainable – strategy if that’s what’s happening.”
Jentleson and Grim aren’t the only ones worried about Biden’s perceived inability to lead a nation, as numerous similar concerns have been aired both privately and anonymously ever since Biden announced his candidacy for a 2020 White House run.
One Democrat serving in the U.S. Senate voiced his own misgivings about Biden’s bid to occupy the Oval Office after seeing him get jostled around by competitors in his first presidential primary debate.
“I was worried after the first debate he might have lost a step,” the senator told The Hill earlier this month.
One more gaffe for the road …
Biden hit the campaign trail again Saturday and insisted that he was vice president during the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, that killed 17 on February 14, 2018 – when Trump had already been in the White House with Vice President Mike Pence at his side for over a year.
Biden is now drawing even more mockery from his political opponents after he insisted he visited with kids whohe never met or consoled during last year’s tragedy – when he was no longer VP.
“The 76-year-old Biden, who left the vice presidency in 2017, was talking about gun violence with reporters in Iowa when he said that ‘those kids in Parkland came up to see me when I was vice president’ after the shooting that left 14 students and three educators dead,” Fox News announced.