Joe Biden’s campaign is doing damage control — again.
A spokeswoman for Biden’s 2020 bid claimed Friday that the gaffe-prone ex-vice president “misspoke” when he told supporters that “poor kids” are “just as bright and just as talented as white kids.”
“Vice President Biden misspoke and immediately corrected himself during a refrain he often uses to make the point that all children deserve a fair shot,” deputy campaign manager Kate Bedingfield said in a statement. “Joe Biden has spent his life fighting for civil rights and the dignity of all people.”
Speaking at an education town hall in Des Moines, Iowa, on Thursday, Biden raised some eyebrows as he implied that “poor kids” aren’t white.
“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,” Biden said at the event, which was hosted by the Asian & Latino Coalition in Des Moines.
Seemingly realizing the slip-up, Biden quickly added, “Wealthy kids, black kids, Asian kids, no I really mean it, but think how we think about it.”
President Trump and his reelection bid had a field day with Biden’s latest gaffe.
The Trump campaign circulated clips of Biden’s comments on Twitter along with mocking captions.
“Have fun mitigating that one,” Trump campaign rapid response director Andrew Clark posted.
The president, meanwhile, said Biden “isn’t playing with a full deck.”
“I saw his comments,” he told reporters on the White House lawn Friday. “This is not somebody you can have as your president. But, if he got the nomination I’d be thrilled.”
Bedingfield countered that Trump isn’t the one to talk.
“The Trump campaign posting the video without the vice president’s immediate correction is patently disingenuous — and it’s no coincidence this comes days after Joe Biden laid out how this president emboldens white nationalism and embraces racism,” Bedingfield said.
Despite the earliness of the 2020 campaign, Biden has already had to walk back several public comments.