It’s little less than a week until the 2020 US Presidential election, and it seems as though current Head of State Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden are both feeling the pressure, as they reach the final hurdles. The pair have both made fools of themselves with several recent public slip-ups. However, gaffes are often in their repertoire. With that in mind, read on as we take a look at some of President Trump’s and Mr Biden’s biggest blunders.
Biden – ‘Four more years of George’
Mr Biden, who is the outright favourite in the latest US election odds from Paddy Power, is no stranger to a mistake – so-much-so that he even once branded himself a ‘gaffe machine’. And, it was only earlier this week that he last slipped up, seemingly confusing Trump with former President, George Bush.
During a virtual rally the 77-year-old said ‘we need to stop four more years of George,’ before his wife, Jill, who was sitting alongside her husband, muttered ‘Trump’ under her breathe.
Of course, it didn’t take long for the President, who has referred to Biden as ‘Sleepy Joe’ in the past, to address the situation. On his official Twitter, Trump said: “Joe Biden called me George yesterday. Couldn't remember my name. Got some help from the anchor to get him through the interview. The Fake News Cartel is working overtime to cover it up!”
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Joe Biden called me George yesterday. Couldn’t remember my name. Got some help from the anchor to get him through the interview. The Fake News Cartel is working overtime to cover it up!</p>— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) <a href="https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1320689314506964997?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 26, 2020</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
Trump – Biden will give Americans ‘biggest tax cut ever’
If you’re going to mock someone for a gaffe, it’s probably best you don’t slip-up yourself straight after. However, President Trump did just that, and, to make matters worse, it was not once, but twice!
On Monday, Trump was speaking in battleground state Pennsylvania when he claimed that his fierce rival will give Americans “the largest tax cut in history”. After briefly correcting himself, saying: “he's so shot. He goes 'we will raise your taxes', I said 'what the hell?'.” He then repeated: "He's going to give you the biggest tax cut in the history of our country.”
Biden – Joe 30330
In August last year, when battling to become the Democratic nominee, Biden sparked mass confusion with one of his most cryptic gaffes to date. As the debate was drawing to a conclusion, the 77-year-old told the audience, and viewers, to visit ‘Joe 30330.’
“If you agree with me, go to Joe 30330,” was Biden’s final remark. #Joe30330 and #Joe3030 started trending Twitter, as many believed that he had got his years mixed up, and he would somehow still be alive in 27,000 years’ time.
However, it was later revealed that Biden confused his website with his text message service ‘30330’. Anyway, his rival Pete Buttigieg took the website Joe3030.com, whilst college student Josh Fayer quickly scooped Joe30330.com.
Trump – The President claimed he won two Noble peace prizes
Speaking in Londonderry, New Hampshire, last weekend, President Trump astonishingly told the crowd that he was the recipient of two Noble peace prizes.
Whilst praising himself for negotiating peace between Serbia and Kosovo, as well as forgetting what the second was for, he confidently claimed that he even deserves a third for his work in Syria, Trump falsely boasted that he was awarded two of the prestigious awards.
The President said: “Serbia and Kosovo, so we signed a deal, so they gave me a prize for that, they gave me a Nobel Prize for something else, they should give me a Nobel Prize for what I did in Syria,"
However, the business mogul quickly backtracked claiming: “When I say Nobel Prize I mean nomination, I don’t know, you know, I don’t know.”
President Trump once claimed ‘When I say something that you might think is a gaffe, it’s on purpose; it’s not a gaffe. When Biden says something dumb, it’s because he’s dumb,’ but, considering here is another blunder from the 74-year-old, we find that hard to believe.
Who knows what will come out of the pair’s mouths next!