Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden is no stranger to making gaffes and mistakes, but this one, it seems, will make it into the list of the most embarrassing. During his speech at a campaign event at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, the 77-year-old touched on the issue of the coronavirus in the United States and criticised how the Trump administration had dealt with outbreak. Biden said: "200 million have died [from coronavirus] probably by the time I finish this talk."
Biden just said 200 million people have died from coronavirus https://t.co/i3kCMuFAoY pic.twitter.com/er4K2k6Ytw— Not the Bee (@Not_the_Bee) September 20, 2020
According to John Hopkins University, at the time of writing the death toll from coronavirus in the United States stands at more than 199,500, while the global death toll stands at more than 960,700.
Biden’s gaffe quickly went viral, with social media users mocking the Democrat for an embarrassing mistake with which he "killed" more than two-thirds of the population in the United States.
Wow the country has 330 million people and he just killed more than half the country pic.twitter.com/N2LNrjbns7— Paula B. (@PaulaBa02408273) September 20, 2020
This man is a joke.— the Captal de Buch (@TheCaptal) September 20, 2020
Others compared Biden to Marvel villain Thanos and said that 200 million Americans are likely to die from another cause…
200 million of us died during @joeBiden’s speech.— Nick Searcy,INTERNATIONAL FILM & TELEVISION STAR (@yesnicksearcy) September 21, 2020
Of boredom. https://t.co/581MrVAGko
Biden gives a speech. 200 million die. pic.twitter.com/GnUl8PXVGE— G (@TCC_Grouchy) September 21, 2020
Many users joked that there is no need for an election and questioned Biden’s mental health.
Well geez Joe, no need for an election. We will all be dead.— Rebecca Carol Payton 🇺🇸 (@Pa1Rcp) September 20, 2020
“It’s estimated that 200 million people have died”— Funky Cold Medina (@thatonemedina) September 21, 2020
Whaaat!? Two thirds of the US population has died already?
Political hyperbole or mental decline? I’m sure most Americans know the answer.#RandomThought#COVID19 pic.twitter.com/TFalKqEl8S
Many netizens expressed concern about how Biden will communicate with foreign leaders if he wins in upcoming election. and believed Biden’s scenario may come true if he becomes president.
Give @JoeBiden the nuclear codes and his prediction might just come true!— EconomicsExplainsEverything (@EconomicsExpla2) September 20, 2020
Gafs this bad are dangerous,,,,Imagine talking to foreign leaders through an interpreter??😳— C'mon Joe.. Ya Had 47 Years!! ℛℒℋ (@_Jrlh_) September 20, 2020
Others criticised Biden’s family for letting him run for president and questioned whether the Democratic presidential candidate is helping Trump win re-election.
He's clueless and they should stop making a fool out of him. If his wife truly loved him, she would be doing that instead of parading him around while he waves at the corn field.— Angel_Patriot (@doak_lyn) September 20, 2020
Are we sure he isn't working for Trump?!— 🐦 Bird (@SilencedByMedia) September 20, 2020
Joe Biden has made numerous gaffes over his career. In 2008 when he was running for president, Biden asked State Senator Chuck Graham to stand up, forgetting that Graham has been confined to a wheelchair since the age of 16. In 2019 Biden probably made one of his most embarrassing gaffes when he said that "poor kids are just as bright and just as talented as white kids".