The man currently leading the Democratic Party claimed on Thursday afternoon that a whopping 120 million Americans have already died to the coronavirus.
Note: There are about 330 million people currently living in the United States.
Speaking with a group of reporters in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Biden described an America weakened by the coronavirus and a populace not knowing how to live in a post-COVID world.
“What people drastically underestimate is the impact on mental health. Now everything is complicated,” he said. “People don’t have a job. People don’t have anywhere to go. People don’t know what they’re going to do.”
“A lot of people unnecessarily—now we have over 120 million dead from COVID,” the former vice president claimed.
Fox News reports Biden quickly corrected his mistake, accurately saying there are more than 122,000 — not million — coronavirus deaths in the U.S.
Apparently Joe Biden thinks there have been 120 Million Coronavirus Deaths pic.twitter.com/nQkeHCqDHk
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) June 25, 2020
And, with more context:
If a Republican said something as ridiculous as this, the segment would lead every show.
Biden is a disaster and the media never even mentions it. https://t.co/k00vmi3RL3
— Ronna McDaniel (@GOPChairwoman) June 26, 2020
Fox News also reports several people took to social media to criticize Biden over the remark, including the Trump campaign.
In a tweet, the Trump campaign described Biden as “very confused” and said he’s “barely there.”
“Joe Biden is very confused,” the campaign tweeted. “He’s not playing with a full deck, folks. #BarelyThereBiden.”
Joe Biden is very confused.
He just falsely claimed 120 million Americans (more than one-third of the country) died from the coronavirus.
This is after he previously claimed 150 million Americans died from guns.
— Trump War Room – Text TRUMP to 88022 (@TrumpWarRoom) June 25, 2020
The report adds:
Biden was in Lancaster, Pa., to discuss unveil his healthcare proposals as his campaign revs up for more appearances after months indoors amid the coronavirus pandemic. His campaign has focused on small group gatherings to mitigate chances of spreading COVID-19 instead of large public rallies like Trump has begun to hold again.
Biden’s verbal slip-ups have plagued him throughout his 2020 presidential bid with the Trump campaign using them as fodder to argue that the presumptive Democratic nominee is unfit for the Oval Office, as well as to draw attention away from Trump’s own mistakes.