Jill Biden shuts down CNN host Jake Tapper's remark on husband's gaffes, says 'you can't even go there' after Trump
Former Second Lady Jill Biden, on Sunday, September 27, dismissed the notion that her husband, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, should receive criticism for his gaffes considering President Donald Trump is in office. Jill expressed her sentiments while appearing during an interview with CNN host Jake Tapper, who asked the educator about Joe Biden's infamous gaffes. "Your husband has been known to make the occasional gaffe," Tapper said as he appeared to begin a question, however, the former second lady swiftly interrupted him, remarking "you can't even go there."
"After Donald Trump, you cannot even say the word ‘gaffe,'" Jill replied, to which Tapper asked, "I can’t even say the word ‘gaffe?’" The former second lady then said: "Nope, done. It's gone," suggesting that the gaffe issue was "so over" after being pressed on it by the “State of the Union” host.
President Trump, over the last year, has attempted to make former Vice President Joe Biden's age and mental acuity an issue in the presidential campaign. The Republican, on multiple occasions, has accused Biden of using drugs to enhance his public performance. He also renewed his call on Sunday, September 27, for drug tests to be conducted before Tuesday's debate. Trump had first made the suggestion last month citing Biden's supposed improved debate performance in March against Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders.
Jill, during the interview, told Tapper that her husband was ready to face off with Trump on Tuesday, September 29 in the first general election presidential debate. She said: "Oh, my gosh, yes, he's ready. You know, one of the things I am excited about is when the American people see Joe Biden up there on that stage, they're going to see what a president looks like, someone who is, like I'm saying, calm, steady, strong, resilient. It's like night and day between the two candidates. And so I can't wait for the American people to see Joe, to see that statesman up there in front of the American public."
The former second lady also lauded late Sen. John McCain’s (R-Ariz.) wife, Cindy McCain during the CNN interview for endorsing Biden for president. Cindy McCain, a Republican, last week, officially endorsed Joe Biden, and said that the Democrat is "one candidate in this race who stands up for our values as a nation.”
Jill said: "I think it took a lot of courage for her to come out and support Joe, being that she is a Republican," she said, adding that earlier it was not unusual for lawmakers across the aisle to get along with each other on a personal level. "But that's the way, Jake, things used to be. I mean, Joe and John would argue about issues, and they would see things totally differently. But, at the end of the day, there we would be together having dinner or going on a trip together or whatever it was," Jill said. “I mean, there was true civility in government. And that's what I think we should return to.”