Former Vice President Joe Biden (D-DE) claimed Saturday while campaigning for president that he was vice president during the February 2018 mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.
He made the gaffe while speaking at an event hosted by gun-control group Everytown for Gun Safety, which was founded by former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg.
“I watched what happened when the kids from Parkland marched up…I met with them, and then they went up on the hill when I was Vice President,” Biden said Saturday.
Biden’s claim on Saturday comes just days after he told a group of minority youth that “poor kids are just as bright” as white children — a remark which many denounced as racist. The former Vice President also said on Thursday at the Iowa State Fair that he chooses “truth over facts.”
A number of left-wing personalities, including two Young Turks personalities, have slammed Biden — and one even asked whether Biden should drop out of the race for the Democratic presidential nomination.
“Running for President is one of the most physically and mentally draining things a person can do,” Young Turks host John Iadarola posted to Twitter. “There’s no shame in stepping down if you’re not up to the task.”
“I don’t mean this in a glib way at all and don’t want to be ageist – gaffes happen – but it’s hard not to wonder about Biden’s mental fitness at this point,” Ken Klippenstein, an investigative reporter for The Young Turks, wrote Saturday on Twitter.