This isn’t exactly the outcome that a vast majority of the Democratic Party’s youth voting bloc was hoping for, with many anti-Biden forces contending that the former veep might be a few apples short of a bushel.
Biden was doing himself no favors in bolstering his perceived mental acuity this week, either, with an embarrassing and startling blunder on social media.
Biden’s remarks, livestreamed from a studio set up in his home, began with his touching his face despite ongoing warnings not to do that during the coronavirus pandemic. His remarks were also short compared with the president’s near-daily coronavirus briefings, lasting less than 15 minutes in total, and featured a clear teleprompter issue that became a social media punchline.
The former vice president was detailing his plan to fight the coronavirus crisis, but appeared to lose track of his place on the teleprompter. Biden signaled to his staff that there was something wrong, before going off on an awkward ad-lib.
“And, in addition to that, in addition to that we have to make sure that we, we are in a position that we are, well met me go the second thing, I’ve spoken enough on that,” Biden said before going on to speak about the aggressive action he would like Trump to take under the Defense Production Act.
Many on social media were quick to point out that this mishap is perhaps a sign that Biden is out of touch with the modern world, but unfortunately, his nomination wasn’t enough to doom the Democratic Party’s chances of taking the White House in 2020.
Biden encountered a number of technical snafus during a live town hall-style broadcast, casting doubt on his campaign’s ability to keep up with the newfound demand for remote access to candidates in this time of social distancing.