GAFFE-PRONE Joe Biden struck again last night after taking a question about domestic violence — by saying the US should “keep punching at it and punching at it”.
The 2020 White House contender, 77, made the baffling blunder while appearing on a TV debate for those bidding to lead the Democrats.
Asked what could be done to address sexual violence and harassment against women, Biden bragged about authoring the original Violence Against Women Act.
He said: “So we have to just change the culture. Period.”
But then he puzzled his audience — in the studio at home — by adding: “And keep punching at it and punching at it and punching at it.”
And all the while making matching striking motions with his fist.
Some of the audience in Atlanta began laughing, perhaps at the sheer awkwardness of the moment — but Biden appeared not to get it.
He said: “No I really mean it.It’s a gigantic issue.”
But that wasn’t the only faux pas of the night, made by the politician whose repeated verbal gaffes have prompted a mocking Donald Trump to bestow him with the mocking moniker “Sleepy Joe”.
Keep punching at it and punching at it and punching at it
Democrat front-runner Joe Biden on domestic violence
For toes began curling again when Biden claimed his 2020 bid had been endorsed by the only black woman ever elected to the US Senate.
But this was clearly not true. Mainly because another black women in the Senate was in fact was taking part in the debate as his rival.
And she was in fact just feet away from him in the shape of Senator Kamala Harris, and therefore unlikely to have offered Biden her endorsement.
Throwing her arms in the air, and breaking down in laughter along with everyone else, she exclaimed: “That’s not true… I’m right here.”
Biden’s repeated fluff-ups have been placing his age in the spotlight.
At 77 he is the oldest 2020 White House contender.
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Previously, Biden has embarrassingly referred to the locations of two mass shootings in August 2019 in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, when in fact they happened in “Houston”, Texas, and “Michigan”.
Then in Iowa, Biden awkwardly asserted “poor kids are just as bright and just as talented as white kids” before correcting himself by quickly adding “wealthy kids, black kids, Asian kids”.
On another mortifying occasion Margaret Thatcher was evoked in comments about former British prime minister Theresa May.
Meanwhile Iowans were informed they must “choose truth over facts” — meaning, of course, to say “truth over lies”.
Trump has been quick to pounce on his rival’s stumbling, telling reporters “look, Joe is not playing with a full deck,” and tweeting “we are ‘playing’ in a very big and complicated world. Joe doesn’t have a clue”.
But while the US President, known himself for his verbal howlers, revels in calling his rival “Sleep Joe”, Biden’s campaign argue the gaffe bombs endear him to American voters.
“Joe Biden isn’t overly packaged or poll-tested, and that’s why voters love him,” Biden spokesman TJ Ducklo said in a statement.