(UnitedVoice.com) – In a 7-minute speech delivered to Democrats in St. Louis on Saturday, former Vice President Joe Biden made an interesting remark that President Trump just couldn’t ignore.
It appears that Biden gaffed by endorsing Trump and called for his re-election.
Trump tweeted out an edited video clip created by White House social media director Dan Scavino of the gaffe in which Biden said, “We can only re-elect Donald Trump.” Trump agreed:
Sleepy Joe💤in St. Louis, Missouri today:
— Dan Scavino (@DanScavino) March 8, 2020
In the same speech, Biden also mixed up his name with former President Barack Obama and described himself as an “O’Biden Bama Democrat.”
Concerns Over Biden’s Mental Health
The serious gaffes on Saturday renewed speculation and concerns about Biden’s mental health and competence to serve as president of the United States and his overall fitness for office.
At a Fox News town hall on Thursday, Trump said Biden’s gaffes were a competency issue.
Trump went after Biden for saying he thought it was Thursday when it was Tuesday. Trump further mocked Biden for saying 150 million people were killed with guns since 2007, and that he was running for the Senate instead of for president.
“There’s something going on there,” Trump said.
Social Media Giants Respond
The edited video is meant to be satirical since Biden is running to win the Democratic party’s nomination for president and run against Trump in the general election this November. Social media giants Twitter and Facebook responded to the video but did not take it down.
Twitter labeled it as misleading. In February, Twitter rolled out its “deepfake guidelines” to fight against false information ahead of the 2020 election while still allowing for free speech. The policy is designed to be broad enough to allow for satire as well as low-tech alterations of video.
For its part, Facebook labeled the video “partly false information.” In January, Facebook created its own deepfake policy but is less stringent than Twitter.
On Monday morning, the White House and Campaign officials fought back. Scavino said the video was not manipulated and other campaign digital team members said it was a real clip and should not have been given the label by either Twitter or Facebook.
Biden Campaign Complains
In a statement, Biden’s campaign manager Greg Schultz accused Facebook of “trafficking in blatantly false information” and said that Facebook is participating in a “national crisis.” He further said that Facebook only cares about money and is the most effective means of spreading “vile lies.”
Biden’s campaign has complained before about misinformation on social media. However, in October 2019, Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg said Facebook should not be in the business of political censorship and fact-checking of political ads. Zuckerberg said, “I don’t think it’s right for a private company to censor politicians or the news in a democracy.”
By Don Purdum, Freelance Contributor
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