Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden said over the weekend that he was Vice President during the Parkland tragedy in 2018, which was over a year after he left the White House at the end of the Obama administration.

“I watched what happened when the kids from Parkland marched up to – and I met with them, and then they went off up on the hill when I was Vice President,” Biden claimed on Saturday.

CNN notes that Biden again repeated the false claim while talking to reporters, saying: “Those kids in Parkland came up to see me when I was vice president.”


Biden’s false claim comes after he made a series of other bizarre statements in Iowa last week, which include:

  • Referring to Theresa May as “Margaret Thatcher.”
  • Claiming about the Democrat Party: “We choose truth over facts.”
  • Saying: “Poor kids are just as bright and just as talented as white kids.”

Biden’s repeated mental errors have started to draw intense criticisms from many, including President Donald Trump, who tweeted: “Joe Biden just said, ‘We believe in facts, not truth.’ Does anybody really believe he is mentally fit to be president? We are ‘playing’ in a very big and complicated world. Joe doesn’t have a clue!”

Former top Obama adviser David Axelrod tweeted: “But if Biden blunders his way thru the race, anxieties will rise among Dems about his ability to go the distance.”

Tony Schwartz tweeted: “If Biden wasn’t a one-man gaffe machine, he might have the best chance to defeat Trump. Instead, he’s his own worst enemy, and it won’t get better because it never has. I’d vote for him, but Democrats can and must nominate a stronger candidate.”

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