February 26, 2024

Democrats share Mike Johnson’s Iran-Israel gaffe in bid to take heat off Biden

Democrats are dashing to defend President Joe Biden after he appeared to confuse Mexico with Egypt during a press conference called to refute claims about his poor memory.

Following the discharge of Special Counsel Robert Hur’s report on Thursday – which claimed Mr Biden’s reminiscence was “significantly limited” – Democratic lawmakers pointed to House Speaker Mike Johnson’s personal gaffe, the place he confused Iran with Israel final week.

“Let me be clear… we passed the support for Iran many months ago. Immediately after I became Speaker we set the necessary resources there,” Mr Johnson mentioned whereas showing stay on Meet the Press final week, referring to an support package deal handed by Congress for Israel.

Democrats and commentators shortly took to X to level out the House speaker’s gaffe, accusing Republicans of hypocrisy and double requirements.

“Speaker Johnson must resign. I’m worried about his memory. How can he lead the Congress?” Rep Eric Swalwell wrote.

“Oh the Irony about bad memory. Let me help him out. Iran: Bad Israel: Good,” congressman Jared Moskowitz added.

“If you are calling out Biden for referring to Egypt as Mexico but didn’t have a problem with Trump calling Nikki Haley Nancy Pelosi, then you are disingenuous,” social media commentator Brian Krassenstein chimed in.

Democrats are searching for to defend president Biden after he appeared to confuse Mexico with Egyptduring a press convention


“If you are calling out Biden’s memory but ignoring the fact that Trump ‘did not recall’ 30+ times under oath then you are disingenuous. People make mistakes and misspeak all the time. I do it probably daily and I’m only 42 and don’t have people shouting at me,”

Mr Biden had referred to as a press convention on Thursday night to push again on the claims made in the particular counsel’s report.

But, in the briefing, he sparked additional questions on his reminiscence when he appeared to confuse Mexico with Egypt.

“The president of Mexico did not want to open up the gate to allow humanitarian material to get in. I talked to him. I convinced to open the gate,” he mentioned.

“I talked to Bibi [Benjamin Netenyahu] to open the gate on the Israeli side. I’ve been pushing really hard, really hard to get humanitarian assistance into Gaza.

“There are a lot of innocent people who are starving, innocent people or in trouble and die, and it’s got to stop, number one.

“Number two… I’m the guy that made the case that we have to do much more to increase the amount of material going in, including fuel, including other items. I’ve been on the phone with Qataris. I’ve been on the phone with the Egyptians,” he added.

Mike Johnson confuses Iran with Israel

Mr Hur’s report got here from the findings of an investigation into Mr Biden’s dealing with of labeled paperwork, which had been discovered at his house in Delaware and former workplace in Washington DC.

In his report, the Republican prosecutor didn’t advocate that Mr Biden face felony costs, citing what he described as important “mitigating factors”.

Among these components, he mentioned that Mr Biden’s reminiscence in regards to the paperwork was “significantly limited” throughout his interviews with investigators and described the president as a “well meaning elderly man with a poor memory”.

The report additionally claimed that Mr Biden didn’t bear in mind what yr his son, Beau Biden, had died from mind most cancers, and described a part of an interview in which the president had hassle preserving monitor of the years throughout which he served as vp.

During Thursday’s press convention, Mr Biden took umbrage on the suggestion he couldn’t bear in mind when his son died.

Donald Trump, 77, has additionally questioned Joe Biden’s psychological competency


“There’s even reference that I don’t remember when my son died — how the hell dare he raise that?” he mentioned.

The president identified that he nonetheless wears a rosary which belonged to his late son on his wrist, and attends a yearly memorial service to mark the anniversary of his demise.

“I don’t need anyone to remind me when he passed away,” he added.

The scathing report comes as Mr Biden has made a collection of gaffes in current public speeches.

On Wednesday, the 81-year-old president declared that he had mentioned the January 6 Capitol riots with Chancellor of Germany Helmut Kohl, throughout a G7 assembly in the UK in 2021. Kohl handed away in 2017.

Mr Biden seems to have been attempting to refer to one other former chancellor of Germany, Angela Merkel, who was in workplace on the time again of the obvious 2021 dialog.

Meanwhile, throughout a marketing campaign speech on Sunday in Las Vegas, Mr Biden made one other gaffe, complicated present French president Emmanuel Macron with the previous president of France, Francois Mitterrand, who has been lifeless since 1996.

And this week’s gaffes aren’t the one ones on the president’s report, who has nicknamed himself the “gaffe machine”.

In June 2023, the president muddled up the continued conflict in Ukraine for the Iraq War, which ended in 2011.

In the identical month, Mr Biden made one other verbal gaffe when he bizarrely closed out a speech on gun management with the proclamation: “God save the Queen, man.”

Mr Biden’s many gaffes have been capitalised on by his political rivals, including 77-year-old Donald Trump, who claimed the president “can’t put two sentences together and he’s in charge of nuclear warfare” at an event in October.

Mr Trump additionally trolled president Mr Biden final month with a spoof advert depicting the White House as a “senior living” establishment the place “residents feel like presidents”.

However, Mr Trump, who’s simply 4 years youthful than the president, has additionally confronted questions over his personal age and psychological competency.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis beforehand launched an “accident tracker” to catalogue Mr Trump’s varied gaffes – whereas he was competing with him for the Republican presidential nomination – the most recent of which occurred final month when he appeared to mix-up his solely Republican challenger Nikki Haley with former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi whereas discussing the January 6 Capitol riots.

Mr Biden later mocked Mr Trump for the gaffe, writing on X: “I don’t agree with Nikki Haley on everything, but we agree on this much: She is not Nancy Pelosi.”