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Gaffing his way to the presidency?

By Cal Thomas, Tribune Content Agency on

The modern media trend is to make fun of President Trump for his alleged and actual misstatements of fact. You have to go a long way -- in this case Sky News in Australia -- to find a media outlet willing to make fun of a U.S. liberal Democrat.

The host of a program called "Outsiders," Rita Panahi, assembled a montage of gaffes and gibberish from former vice president and current frontrunner for the Democratic presidential nomination, Joe Biden.

The Biden montage makes you ask: Is this guy mentally fit to be president?

Biden supporters might argue the clips are edited, but what makes them formidable, credible -- even incredible -- is that they appear to reflect Biden's speech and thought patterns over many years.

Here are some samples, beginning with his reference to "Super Thursday" (instead of Super Tuesday). Next comes this misstatement during a presidential debate: "150 million people have been killed since 2007 when Bernie (Sanders) voted to exempt the gun manufacturers from liability."

If that were true, it would certainly "reduce the surplus population," to quote Dickens' Scrooge.

 

How about this beauty? "It would put 720 million women back in the work force." Our country's population currently stands at just under 330 million. Who's doing Biden's math?

There's more.

"Nobody should be in jail for nonviolent crime." That would clearly reduce the prison population, but it would likely increase the number of nonviolent crimes. Maybe Biden's thinking the nonviolent offenders would be so grateful for being sprung he could earn their votes? Bernie Sanders one-ups Biden on that one. Sanders thinks even incarcerated violent offenders should be permitted to vote.

Biden recently announced he was a candidate "for the United States Senate." He called the state of Vermont "a neat town." "Make sure you have a record player on at night," he advised an audience and "Poor kids are just as talented as white kids." A Republican who said that would be called a racist.

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