Did Joe Biden confuse Trump with George W Bush or was he referring to host George Lopez? Here's what happened
On Monday, a 27-second video of Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden went viral and in this clip, it looks as if Biden momentarily forgot that POTUS at the moment was Donald Trump as he referred to 'George' in the virtual “I Will Vote” concert Sunday. He said, "The character of the country in my view is literally on the ballot, what kind of country are we going to be," and added, "Four more years of George uh...George, going to find ourselves in a position if Trump gets elected, we are going to be in a different world.” Many also pointed out that Jill had whispered and said, "Trump".
However, information that the people commenting on the internet seem to be missing is the fact that this interview was taken by George Lucas who had asked, "Like if someone is undecided and may be thinking about not voting, why should they vote and why should they vote for you?" While Biden's statement in response to Lopez's question might still seem unclear, NBC in their 'Today' show's morning segment added an editor's note which noted that he was interviewed by George Lopez.
The clips online do not come with information about Lopez and this has led people to believe that the George that Biden had referred to was in fact George W. Bush, who was in the Oval Office before Barack Obama. After this incident, Trump shared on Twitter and said, "Joe Biden called me George yesterday. Couldn’t remember my name. Got some help from the anchor to get him through the interview. The Fake News Cartel is working overtime to cover it up!"
Joe Biden called me George yesterday. Couldn’t remember my name. Got some help from the anchor to get him through the interview. The Fake News Cartel is working overtime to cover it up!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 26, 2020
Lopez, whose name is now trending made it clear that he was definitely not with POTUS on his speculation. He retweeted Keith Olbermann's tweet "STFU. Unless your name is George Lopez (we should be so lucky) this has nothing to do with you, a**hole," and said, "I rest my case."
I rest my case RT @KeithOlbermann: STFU. Unless your name is George Lopez (we should be so lucky) this has nothing to do with you, asshole pic.twitter.com/txkOUfxfFN— George Lopez (@georgelopez) October 26, 2020
Richard Marx also tweeted in response to Trump's tweet and wrote, "He was speaking to George Lopez, you incompetent lying cokehead. Tell us more about 'Rick Gaetz' though." However, many wondered how Lopez being the interviewer had any effect on Biden.
He was speaking to George Lopez, you incompetent lying cokehead. Tell us more about “Rick Gaetz,” though. https://t.co/QlVORpIpIX— Richard Marx (@richardmarx) October 26, 2020
As mentioned, NBC had also added an editor's note in their 'Today' morning segment and one person shared, "NBC has added an editor's note to this morning's 'Today' show segment that played a clip of Biden saying 'four more years of George, uh...' without noting that he was talking to George Lopez."
NBC has added an editor's note to this morning's "Today" show segment that played a clip of Biden saying "four more years of George, uh..." without noting that he was talking to George Lopez https://t.co/PmyfpCN6HE— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) October 26, 2020
There have also been previous instances where Biden had slipped up in public or during interviews and this has increased doubts among people about Biden's capability and if he really deserves the seat at the Oval Office.