Biden Can’t Remember Ebola Virus Name: ‘The Thing In Africa’
Former Vice President makes more gaffes during debate
Presidential candidate Joe Biden grappled with remembering the name of several well-known viruses during CNN's Democratic debate on Sunday.
Fueling fears of Biden's mental state, the former vice president began making blunder just two questions into the debate.
Biden first misstated “H1N1” as “N1H1” and then failed to remember “Ebola” at all, referring to it instead as “the thing in Africa.”
The ex-VP responded, saying the World Health Organization (WHO) had already offered kits which Trump had refused.
“We’re in a situation where we have to now be providing for the hospitals that are going to be needed. Needed now,” Biden explained.
“The present system can not handle the surge that is likely to come," he added.
"So we should already be sitting down and planning where we’re going to put these temporary hospitals. And we can do that.”
“We have been through this before with the coronavirus,” Biden continued.
“We have — excuse me with dealing with the viruses — the N1H1 and as well as what happened in Africa," Biden stated.
"We provided these hospitals dealing with these great pandemics, and we were able to do it quickly," he added.
"People would have a place to go. But we need equipment to protect the first responders, and that’s not being done either.”
In the span of 10 seconds, Joe Biden:— Kambree (@KamVTV) March 16, 2020
- Mixes up the #coronavirus with the swine flu
- Mistakenly calls the H1N1 virus (swine flu) the "N1H1"
- Forgets the name of the Ebola virus, calling it "what happened in Africa"#DemDebate
Last month, Biden made the false claim during the CBS News’ debate that 150 million Americans have been killed since 2007 from shootings.
Last week, the Trump campaign trolled Biden with an embarrassing video compilation of the former Vice President's struggles on the campaign trail.
The video began with CNN’s Ana Cabrera saying, “Obama warned Biden’s aides to make sure didn’t embarrass himself.”
House Majority Whip Rep. Jim Clyburn called for the cancellation of Biden's remaining 2020 primaries and debates to protect him from saying something that he “cannot overcome.”
“I think when the night is over, Joe Biden will be the prohibitive favorite to win the Democratic nomination, and quite frankly, if the night ends the way it has begun," Clyburn told NPR.