Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden read from his advisers’ teleprompter notes he uses to help him remember the topics to be discussed. However, Biden also read the top bar form, which should not be read.
“Oops! Joe Biden read the “topline message” part of the talking points his handlers gave him for a TV interview. He apparently couldn’t remember it on his own.” tweeted Trump’s campaign.
Oops! Joe Biden read the "topline message" part of the talking points his handlers gave him for a TV interview.
He apparently couldn't remember it on his own. pic.twitter.com/0iGG83FZKA
— Trump War Room – Text TRUMP to 88022 (@TrumpWarRoom) September 2, 2020
Likewise, President Trump mentioned the mistake made by Biden in one of his tweets. “Can you believe what’s happening!? They give Joe Hiden’ the questions, and he reads them an answer!” Trump tweeted.
Can you believe what’s happening!? They give Joe Hiden’ the questions, and he reads them an answer! https://t.co/ivMw6uQ2gp
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 2, 2020
The interview was conducted by host Jackie Nespral, for NBC 6, south Florida.
NBC 6 offered a promotional preview of the interview in which Biden read the “top sign” literally.
The topic of the interview was the political regimes in Cuba and Venezuela. “Would you go back to the Obama policy with Cuba and what is your plan dealing with Venezuela?” Nespral asked Biden.
Biden who seemed nervous from the beginning began, “Number one. This president reversed;” before starting over, “I’d try to reverse the failed Trump policies that have inflicted harm on Cubans and their families,” according to Breitbart on Sept. 2.
Then Biden spoke about Venezuela, where he mistakenly read the words “topline message.”
“For those of us who write talking points for a living, the principle reading the header is both completely hilarious and almost unimaginable,” said Josh Holmes, the former chief of staff and campaign director for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, (R-Ky.).
For those of us who write talking points for a living the principle reading the header is both completely hilarious and almost unimaginable. https://t.co/FfZG4hK09a
— Josh Holmes (@HolmesJosh) September 2, 2020
In Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Biden starred in another embarrassing episode of mental confusion just two days earlier. Referring to the lives taken by the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) Virus, he confused the number of lives with the number of years, struggling with his words until he picked up his speech thread.
“COVID [the CCP Virus] has taken this year, just since the outbreak, has taken more than 100 years—look, here’s… The lives, it’s just, it’s… I mean, think about it. More lives this year than any other year, for the past hundred years,” Biden said in his confusion.