- The Washington Times - Monday, October 26, 2020

Democratic presidential nominee Joseph R. Biden flubbed President Trump’s name during a virtual campaign event Sunday.

The former vice president made the gaffe while sitting alongside his wife Jill during the star-studded “I Will Vote Concert,” which featured performances by John Legend, Dave Matthews, Jon Bon Jovi and others.

“This is the most consequential election in a long, long, long time, and the character of the country in my view is literally on the ballot,” Mr. Biden said during the event. “What kind of country are we gonna be? Four more years of George, uh, George — we’re gonna find ourselves in a position where if Trump gets elected we’re going to be in a different world.”

Mr. Biden was speaking to comedian George Lopez and political strategist Ana Navarro, who co-hosted the event. The Republican National Committee seized on the comments, saying he was referencing former President George W. Bush, who was in office in 2008 when Mr. Biden ran as then-Sen. Barack Obama’s running mate.

Mr. Trump responded to the gaffe in a tweet Monday morning.

Joe Biden called me George yesterday,” the president wrote. “Couldn’t remember my name. Got some help from the anchor to get him through the interview. The Fake News Cartel is working overtime to cover it up!”

He later brought it up during a campaign rally in Allentown, Pennsylvania.

“What a mess,” Mr. Trump said to a wave of cheers. “I don’t know if I should be insulted or happy about it. I’m sort of insulted — it’s the first time that’s happened to me in a long time.”

Mr. Bush was in office in 2008 when Mr. Biden ran as then-Sen. Barack Obama’s running mate.

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