Former Vice President Joe Biden, one of the top-tier 2020 Democratic presidential contenders, continues to pile up gaffes while campaigning in Des Moines, Iowa, on Thursday, Aug. 8.
“We choose science over fiction,” Biden said. “We choose truth over facts.”
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— Natasha Korecki (@natashakorecki) August 8, 2019
Biden’s speech Thursday at Iowa followed a speech from Wednesday where he accused President Donald Trump of fanning the flames of white supremacy.
At the same event, Biden claimed that “poor kids are just as bright and just as talented as white kids,” when discussing the need to improve America’s education system.
“We should challenge these students, we should challenge students in these schools to have advanced placement programs in these schools,” Biden said. “We have this notion that somehow if you’re poor you cannot do it, poor kids are just as bright and just as talented as white kids.”
He quickly adjusted his remarks by adding “wealthy kids, black kids, Asian kids.”
Last month, Biden stirred backlash from politicians and his Democratic opponents over his praise of two segregationist Democrats, the late Sens. James Eastland (D-Miss.) and Herman Talmadge (D-Ga.) who dedicated their careers to halting the progress of civil rights.
“Vice President Biden’s relationships with proud segregationists are not the model for how we make America a safer and more inclusive place for black people, and for everyone,” Sen. Cory Brooker (D-N.J.) said.
During his campaign for president, the front-runner has come under fire from members of his own party for his past positions on race, as well as previously-held potions on abortion, crime, and the Iraq War. Earlier this year, a website named JoeBiden.info was launched to attack the former vice president for past statements and policy positions.