During a recent economic speech in South Carolina, President Joe Biden made a significant blunder when he mistakenly referred to his predecessor, Donald Trump, as the current “sitting president.” The slip of the tongue was met with criticism and backlash from both supporters and opponents of Biden.
While discussing the American economy and the confidence it has instilled in consumers, Biden stumbled on his words, saying, “Did you see what he recently said about… he wants to, he wants to see the economy crash this year? A Sitting President.” The president’s mistake confused the audience and raised eyebrows among political observers.
Not only did Biden fail to correct himself, but he also went on to criticize Trump, calling him a “loser” for his alleged derogatory remarks about fallen U.S. soldiers. Biden referenced the controversy surrounding Trump’s reported comments referring to soldiers as “suckers and losers” and his refusal to visit a cemetery in France to pay tribute to them. The president exclaimed, “And referred to those heroes, and I quote, as ‘suckers and losers.’ He said that! How dare he say that. The only loser I see is Donald Trump.”
Biden’s comments sparked a wave of reactions on social media. Some netizens criticized the president’s mistake, suggesting it was evidence of his cognitive decline. Others speculated that Biden intentionally referred to Trump as the “sitting president” as a way to undermine his legitimacy and fuel conspiracy theories surrounding the 2020 election.
Meanwhile, this incident occurred not long after a defamation trial involving Trump and columnist E. Jean Carroll. The court ordered Trump to pay Carroll $83.3 million in damages for defaming her when he denied her sexual assault allegations. The jury awarded Carroll $18.3 million in compensatory damages and $65 million in punitive damages.
Trump disagreed with the verdict, calling it “absolutely ridiculous!” He criticized the legal system in a statement, accusing it of being manipulated for political purposes.
Conversely, Carroll hailed the verdict as a victory for women who speak up against their oppressors. She described it as a defeat for bullies who attempt to silence and discredit women.