FACT CHECK: Sleepy Joe Says Coronavirus Cost 85,000 Jobs, Millions of Lives
On Thursday, former Vice-President and presumptive Democratic nominee, Joe Biden, held a virtual roundtable along with three Democratic governors. As usual, Sleepy Joe made several slips, which puts into question if he is mentally capable of being the country’s next commander-in-chief.
During the conference, Biden spoke with Govs. Ned Lamont, Phil Murphy, and Gretchen Whitmer. Sleepy Joe erroneously exchanged the number of death tolls, to the millions of Americans who have lost their job. “We’re in the middle of a pandemic that has cost us more than 85,000 jobs as of today. Lives of millions of people, millions of people, millions of jobs,” Biden said.
The video conference awkwardly began when Biden failed to notice that he was already going live and sat silent, looking down at the ground. Unfortunately, the man behind the camera had to whisper for the Democratic nominee to go ahead. Watch:
Sleepy Joe Biden was caught napping again. His staff had to wake him up! pic.twitter.com/YL5SjWnpNv— Trump War Room - Text TRUMP to 88022 & get the APP (@TrumpWarRoom) May 14, 2020
Biden continued to make slips, one of which is when he forgot the name of his top health advisers. He began by saying, “Um, and uh, and I’m not, and I, I have a, I have an uh, like all of you.” He continued, ‘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.”
On the same day, MSNBC’s “The Last Word” aired an interview with the presumptive Democratic nominee. During his media appearance, Biden tried to address issues against his former staffer, Tara Reade, sexual assault allegations.
The show’s host Lawrence O’Donnell asked the then-senator if he had remembered Reade, who had worked for him between 1992 to 1993. Unsurprisingly, Biden replied that he did not remember Reade, and continued to vehemently deny her accusations. He claimed that allegations of harassment and abuse should be taken seriously, believing that women should come forward and be fearless to share their stories. Biden assured Democratic voters, ‘I give you my word, it never, ever happened.”
Then, the host asked Biden what he should say to voters who were torn because of Reade’s sexual assault allegations. Biden, who had since lost six percentage points among women, tried to convince voters. He stated that if they believed that the incident had happened, they should not vote for him. However, Biden went on to discredit Reade’s allegations claiming that she changed her story “considerably.”
He also tried to soften the blow by stating that he does not question Reade’s motive. Despite having the lack of thorough investigation in the matter (most of those who had tried to investigate on the matter were either a member of the DNC or a fellow lefty media establishment such as the New York Times and the Washington Post), Biden referred to the questionable investigations, by saying that that the allegations were being “vetted” by his former employees.
Reade, along with six other women, came out to expose allegations of sexual harassment.