Former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) were going at it on Wednesday night over criminal justice reform issues in this country when Biden made a gaffe he may be regretting for hours and hours and days and days from now.
Said Biden, “The fact is that the bills that the president — excuse me, the future president of the United States — that the senator is talking about …”
He grabbed Booker’s arm and tried to lighten the moment, but it almost didn’t matter what he said after that.
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Biden was embarrassed.
Booker was jubilant about that reference.
And Biden had another gaffe now added to his long list of gaffes over the years.
Booker later said, all smiles, “I’m grateful that he endorsed my presidency already.”
Update: At the end of the debate, Biden asked voters who “agree with” him and his vision to go to “Joe 30330.” That’s not a typo. That’s what he said. What was that?
And see these tweets on the Biden-Booker-president issue:
Did he just call Cory the future president. OMG.
— Tomi Lahren (@TomiLahren) August 1, 2019
I feel empathy for Biden. He should stop.
— SallySeaShell (@Clyllie) August 1, 2019
VP Joe Biden really called Corey Booker the President. He thought he was talking to President Obama. He really thinks all black people look Ali….nevermind. #DemDebate
— Charlamagne Tha God (@cthagod) August 1, 2019
And the fact he’s 77 having serious mental lapses
— Alex (@Brazil201) August 1, 2019
Did Joe actually call Spartacus “Future President”???? 🤔🤔🤔🤔 #DemDebate2 Go to bed Sleepy Joe 🛏
— Jamie Holden (@Mantourguy) August 1, 2019
Are we really having a debate over the history of the Newark police department?
— Laura Ingraham (@IngrahamAngle) August 1, 2019
In an exchange on criminal justice reform, Booker tells Biden, "If you want to compare records—and, frankly I'm shocked that you do—I am happy to do that. Because all the problems that he is talking about that he created, I actually led the bill…that reverses the damage."
— ABC News (@ABC) August 1, 2019
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This article has been updated.