Younger Democratic voters are becoming increasingly disenchanted with presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden as he mentally unravels right in front of their eyes.
His abysmal performance during a virtual roundtable with three Democratic governors on Thursday has made it glaringly obvious that he has been operating like a ventriloquist’s dummy, repeating what his handlers tell him to say.
Despite their coaching, Biden obviously has no clue about the thousands of deaths and millions of job losses caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
“We’re in the middle of a pandemic that has cost us more than 85,000 jobs as of today,” he said. “Lives of millions of people, millions of people, millions of jobs,” he noted as he accidentally switched the numbers around during the PBS livestream with Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy and Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont.
He was probably referring to the 86,000 people who have died of coronavirus and approximately 36 million who have lost their jobs during the pandemic.
“Um, and uh, and I’m not, and I, I have a, I have a, uh, like all of you but every day I get between an hour and an hour-and-a-half brief with um, uh, the former head of, our former surgeon general, anyway, with docs across the country, um …” Biden stuttered.
The former vice president even mangled his recitation of the unemployment figures. “You know, and we’re in a position where we just got new unemployment insurance, this morning, numbers, 36.5 million claims since this crisis began,” Biden said.
He also conducted a weird, out-of-sync conversation with a voter, not realizing he wasn’t speaking to him live because his question had been prerecorded.
Older voters and the Democratic establishment are content to look the other way, but younger voters have been bewildered as he fumbles along. For Republican voters and President Donald Trump this has been endlessly amusing.
Biden has claimed on other occasions that there were 720 million women in the workforce, 150 million Americans killed by firearms since 2007, and 40 students shot at Kent State in 1970.
Last week Biden selected New York Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to co-chair a climate change panel. Trump quipped, “If you asked him who he named, he wouldn’t even know it … Joe has absolutely no idea what’s happening.”
Biden told a CBS Miami interviewer last month the U.S. needs more “economic intercourse around the world.”
“I would get much more engaged in the world, we can’t step back,” Biden said. “If in fact, for example, we solve the problem in the United States of America and you don’t solve it in other parts of the world, you know what’s going to happen?”
“You’re going to have travel bans, you’re going to not be able to do, have economic intercourse around the world,” Biden said. “When it’s America first, it’s America alone.”
His fondness for the word intercourse was evident as he used it later that week on Morning Joe while discussing the allegation of sexual assault against him by former staffer Tara Reade. The timing was unfortunate.
“The pandemic is, that, the president has no intercourse whatsoever with the world,” he said.
His former rival for the Democratic nomination, Independent Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, has been quietly watching the Biden trainwreck hurtle down the track.
Campaign advisor Jeff Weaver issued a memo on Friday warning that he could lose the election in November because “a significant portion” of Sanders supporters are “currently unsupportive and unenthusiastic” about his candidacy, including young people.