Former vice president and 2020 presidential candidate Joe Biden claimed Saturday that he comforted the students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School after a mass shooting at the school in 2017 in his capacity as vice president, despite the fact that the shooting happened more than a year after he left office.
“Biden told reporters in Iowa on Saturday that ‘those kids in Parkland came up to see me when I was vice president,'” according to Bloomberg. “But when they visited Capitol Hill to talk with members of Congress, lawmakers were ‘basically cowering, not wanting to see them. They did not want to face it on camera.'”
Flubbing the date of the shooting in Parkland, Florida is a fitting end to an awful week for Biden. Earlier in the week, he said poor kids were just as talented as white kids, mistakenly assuming that all non-white kids are poor.
“We should challenge students in these schools that have advanced placement programs in these schools,” Biden said. “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.”
Before that, he gave his condolences to victims of mass shootings in Houston, Texas, and Michigan. Neither of those places were subject to such violence.
“Biden, 76, mistakenly referred to the shootings as ‘the tragic events in Houston today and also in Michigan the day before,’ but later corrected himself, according to a pool report,” The Washington Examiner reported. “Biden seemingly confused Houston for El Paso and Michigan for Ohio when speaking to donors about the shootings.”
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