President Joe Biden mistakenly referred to Vice President Kamala Harris as “President Harris,” sparking derision from critics who believe Harris is the real power in the White House.
The video: The president made the gaffe on Thursday, while delivering a brief address about the progress of the nation’s COVID-19 vaccination program.
- “Now when President Harris and I took a virtual tour of a vaccination center in Arizona, not long ago, one of the nurses on that tour injecting people, giving vaccinations, said that each shot was like administering a dose of hope,” Biden said. “A dose of hope. That’s how she phrased it.”
Context: Conservative critics have cited Biden’s frequent gaffes to question whether the 78-year-old, the oldest person to ever assume the office, is mentally and physically fit enough for the job.
- Detractors have speculated that Biden’s allegedly diminished state means Harris is the one running the show in the White House.
- The most recent flub about “President Harris” only added further fuel to the fire, as pundits on the right mocked Biden on social media.
- “He’s literally incapable of getting even the basics right,” tweeted Donald Trump Jr. on Thursday.