Joe Biden: 'Poor Kids are Just as Bright and Talented as White Kids'
Trump campaign says comments are 'part of a pattern' from 2020 Democratic frontrunner
2020 Democratic frontrunner Joe Biden fumbled his way through another embarrassing gaffe on Thursday when, during a speech about racial inequality, the former vice president declared that "poor kids are just as bright and talented as white kids."
Biden then realized his error and attempted to salvage the statement by throwing out some extra words onto the end of his remarks, after a short pause, saying; "...and wealthy kids. Black kids. Asian kids..."
Biden made the blunder while speaking at the Asian and Latino Coalition event in Des Moines, Iowa.
President Donald Trump's campaign responded to the comments, saying they are "part of a pattern" from Biden.
Joe Biden: “Poor kids are just as bright and just as talented as white kids.” pic.twitter.com/YhDSMnoRce— Trump War Room (@TrumpWarRoom) August 9, 2019
The Trump campaign tweeted a video of the Biden's remarks from its @TrumpWarRoom account, highlighting the "poor kids are just as bright and just as talented as white kids" line.
And Donald Trump Jr. quickly retweeted the video to his 3.7 million Twitter followers and the post has now been shared thousands of times.
According to the Daily Mail, other conservatives weighed in too.
Turning Point USA President Charlie Kirk tweeted the video with the words: "Joe Biden peddles racist statement that all poor kids are black.
"When will Democrats reject this blatant racism? When will the media?"
Biden's record on race has been attacked by both sides of the political aisle.
Democrats criticized him after he praised white segregationists when he talked about working across the aisle - a remark he later apologized for.
And he came under attack from Kamala Harris during the first Democratic primary debate for not supporting a federal busing program she benefited from as a child.
Biden's big day at the Iowa State Fair kicked off with him mangling one of the lines from his standard campaign speech.
"We choose truth over facts," he said, when the line is usually "we choose truth over fiction."
He also referred to himself as "President of the United States" later while responding to a question from Daily Mail about gun control.
The former vice president also spent the day attacking Trump, going after the president for ratcheting up the racial tensions in the country.
"Words of a president matter. It matters what they say. They can move markets," Biden told the small crowd at Thursday night's event.
"They can literally inspire us to reach for the moon," he said.
He then pivoted to attack President Trump.
"They can also unleash the deepest darkest forces of the nation, which is what Donald Trump has chosen to do," he said.
Biden has come under pressure from some of his rivals for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination who are willing be tougher on Trump.
The president has become a target of Democrats in the wake of two mass shootings over the weekend.
But the former vice president would only go as far as to say the president encourages white supremacy.
"He is encouraging white supremacy. You can determine what that means," he said.
"I know it's like everybody wants everybody to call somebody a liar.
"I don't call people liars. I said they don't tell the truth. Okay?
"You want to hear me say liars so you can put out that Biden called someone a liar.
"That's not who I am. You got the wrong guy."
Other 2020 Democrats have responded differently.
"Yes," Elizabeth Warren told The New York Times when asked if the president was a white supremacist.
"He has given aid and comfort to white supremacists," she said while campaigning in Iowa.
"He's done the wink and a nod. He has talked about white supremacists as fine people.
"He's done everything he can to stir up racial conflict and hatred in this country."
And Beto O'Rourke told MSNBC Trump has made it "very clear" that he's a white supremacist.