Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden told a group of supporters in Iowa that the country ought to do more to support and help poor families and poor children.
He said that “poor kids” were just as capable as other kids but the way he worded his comments are drawing the ire of some people online.
Biden, who is the current frontrunner for the Democratic nomination, said: “poor kids are just as bright and just as talented as white kids.”
The former vice president quickly followed up by adding “and wealthy kids, Black kids, Asian kids” but the sound bite was already captured and quickly made its way to the internet.
The sentence was largely written off by his supporters as a gaffe or “slip-up” although some people said it was a “Freudian slip”
Check it out:
Joe Biden slip-up in Iowa tonight.
"Poor kids are just as bright and just as talented as white kids."
Yikes…have fun mitigating that one. pic.twitter.com/m2VxZbnFHF
— Andrew Clark (@AndrewHClark) August 9, 2019
The Washington Examiner reports:
Speaking at a town hall for the Asian & Latino Coalition PAC in Iowa, the former vice president said, “The other thing we should do is we should challenge these students. We should challenge students in these schools that have advanced placement classes in these schools. We have this notion that somehow if you’re poor you cannot do it.”
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“Poor kids are just as bright and just as talented as white kids — ” Biden said, to some scattered applause, before correcting himself, “ — wealthy kids, black kids, Asian kids.”
And, per the report, this instance is just the latest in a series of gaffes over the previous weeks of his campaign:
Earlier Thursday, he made another fumble while speaking at the Iowa State Fair, saying: “We choose truth over facts.” Last week, Biden used the nonexistent word “expodentially” when speaking to reporters.
In his second presidential primary debate, Biden made a number of slip-ups over statistics, phrases, and titles. He incorrectly warned that “ eight more years of Trump” would fundamentally change the country, even though Trump is constitutionally limited to four more years after his term expires. His request that viewers to “go to Joe 30..330” – he appeared to mix up texting and going to a website – went viral.
Joe Biden: “we choose truth over facts”
The crowd cheerspic.twitter.com/QLqXa8Qmm2
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) August 8, 2019
It is probably safe to assume mainstream media would not have let this quote pass had it been said by President Trump or any other conservative.
This will get 1/100000000000th the coverage it would have if Trump said it. https://t.co/OGIZvRMS8W
— Jessica Fletcher (@heckyessica) August 9, 2019