Joe Biden stumbles over words during coronavirus speech
Not even the teleprompter could prevent the latest Joe Biden gaffe.
The presumptive Democratic presidential nominee apparently lost his train of thought Monday while delivering a speech on what he believed President Trump should do to combat the deadly coronavirus pandemic.
”I’m glad the president has finally activated the National Guard. Now we need the armed forces and the National Guard to help with hospital capacity, supplies and logistics,” the former veep said, reading from a teleprompter in a 30-second video clip posted to his campaign YouTube channel and picked up on by Mediaite.
“We need to activate the reserve corp of doctors and nurses and beef up the number of responders dealing with this crush of cases. And, uh, in addition to that, in addition to that, we have to make sure that, we are,” he started to add before stumbling over his next words and making a circular motion with his right hand, apparently asking staffers to roll back the prompter, before changing course.
“Well, let me go to the second thing. The president must use the Defense Production Act,” he said before the clip finished, referring to the Korean War-era law that allows the feds to order private businesses to make badly needed emergency supplies such as protective masks and ventilators.
Trump cited the act last week but has sent mixed signals about whether it has been invoked, saying he had not used the powers allowed by the act before asserting that he had.
In the speech, Biden called on Trump to put the act into place immediately a week later..
“The president must use the Defense Production Act to radically increase the supply of critical goods needed to treat patients and protect our health care workers and first responders, including protective gear like face masks, and critical equipment like ventilators so desperately needed in our hospitals,” he said, according to a transcript provided by his campaign.