Biden mistakenly says he was VP during 2018 Parkland shooting

Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenHillicon Valley: Biden calls on Facebook to change political speech rules | Dems demand hearings after Georgia election chaos | Microsoft stops selling facial recognition tech to police Trump finalizing executive order calling on police to use ‘force with compassion’ The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden campaign goes on offensive against Facebook MORE said Saturday that he was vice president during a mass shooting last year in Parkland, Fla., even though it occurred more than a year after he had left office. 

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“Those kids in Parkland came up to see me when I was vice president,” Biden told reporters on Saturday, according to Bloomberg News. 

He had reportedly been speaking on gun violence, particularly calls to action by people impacted by mass shootings.


The Hill has reached out to the Biden campaign for comment. A campaign official told Bloomberg that the former vice president was thinking of the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, which occurred during Biden’s tenure. 

Biden did meet with students of Parkland’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School after a shooter killed 17 people there. 

His Saturday statement was the latest in a series of recent gaffes. He said Thursday that  “poor kids” are “just as talented as white kids” before correcting himself and saying “wealthy kids.” He also misstated the locations of recent mass shootings as Houston and Michigan but also soon corrected himself. 

On Saturday, Biden also told reporters, according to Bloomberg, that he misspoke when he referred to “poor kids” but added that people understood what he was trying to say. 

“I don’t think anybody thinks I meant anything other than what I said I meant,” he said. 

President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE weighed in Saturday, tweeting, “Joe doesn’t have a clue!” 

Biden has consistently polled as the front-runner of a crowded field of candidates vying for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination.  

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