Former Vice President Joe Biden claimed that he met with the victims of the terrible school shooting in Parkland, Florida while serving in office.
On Saturday, while speaking to reporters in Iowa, Joe Biden — the front-runner of the Democrats vying for their party’s presidential nomination in 2020 — pulled his latest gaffe, claiming that “those kids in Parkland came up to see me when I was vice president” and that the lawmakers on Capitol Hill at the time of the shooting were “basically cowering, not wanting to see them.”
“They did not want to face it on camera,” Biden continued.
The 2018 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School happened more than on year after Vice President Mike Pence took over Joe Biden’s old position. Seventeen people had their lives taken in the attack.
An official with Joe Biden’s presidential campaign stated that the former vice president misspoke and that he was actually talking about the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Connecticut.
Joe Biden’s latest gaffe came as he was calling for the nation to change the way it thinks about gun ownership while speaking at the Everytown for Gun Safety Action Fund’s Presidential Gun Sense Forum in Des Moines.
His remarks on the shooting are the latest in a series of flounders the 2020 Democratic front-runner has pulled.
As previously reported, Joe Biden told his supporters this week that “poor kids are just as bright and just as talented as white kids,” prompting a response from President Trump, who said that the former vice president was not “playing with a full deck.”
“Joe is not playing with a full deck. He made that comment, I said, ‘Woah,’” said President Trump to reporters in the White House driveway on Monday. “This is not somebody you can have as your president, but if he got the nomination, I’d be thrilled.”