Joe Biden makes a lot of gaffes. It’s long been one of his defining traits, although it was more endearing before he began running for president against a man whose die-hard followers don’t bat an eye when he can’t even spell “hamburgers.” The former vice president, who turns 77 in November, has been making more verbal screw-ups on his campaign trail, and they’re often worrying, especially since up till now he’s been leading many of the polls.
Still, when his latest slip of the tongue is one even his Elizabeth Warren-supporting detractors can get by: He called the sitting president “Donald Hump.”
As per The Huffington Post, Barack Obama’s former right-hand-man was speaking at a convention for New Hampshire Democrats when he launched into his latest fiery rail against Trump winning a second term.
“We cannot, and I will not, let this man be reelected president of the United States of America,” he charged. “Limited to four years, I believe history will look back at this presidency as an aberrant moment in time.” But when he got the name of the man whose plans he hopes to personally thwart, he got the last name wrong, implying he had something else on his mind.
Biden quickly caught himself, even playing along with the inevitable laughter, calling it a “Freudian slip.” Eventually he pulled himself back together and continued: “If Donald Trump is reelected, he will forever and fundamentally alter the character of this nation.”
Again, Biden’s gaffes are often the opposite of encouraging; to pick just one, he recently told a story about the war in Afghanistan whose details were, almost top to bottom, bungled and misstated.
Still, if you’re gonna gaffe, “Donald Hump” is a good one.
Biden just misspoke and called Donald Trump “Donald Hump.” He quickly corrected himself and said it was “a Freudian slip.”
— Jennifer Epstein (@jeneps) September 7, 2019
Joe Biden accidentally calls the president "Donald Hump" during his speech at the New Hampshire Democratic Party Convention. pic.twitter.com/1XEUUygntB
— The Hill (@thehill) September 7, 2019
Biden just said, “Donald Hump”.
Why don’t we stick with that? 😆 pic.twitter.com/p9E22bI90J
— 𝕊𝕔𝕙𝕣𝕠𝕕𝕚𝕟𝕘𝕖𝕣'𝕤 ℂ𝕒𝕥-𝕙𝕖𝕣𝕚𝕟𝕖 (@C_doc_911) September 7, 2019
— Dawn (Switch) (@dawn_switch) September 7, 2019
— Doctor Octothorpe (@DoctorOctothorp) September 7, 2019
And then and then I said “Donald hump”just to fu*k with him pic.twitter.com/FzciSfK52k
— obama-biden democrat (@laughinatthegop) September 7, 2019
Anyway, this has been a reminder that Biden sometimes gets it just right. See also: his penchant for the old-timey term “malarkey.”