Joe Biden‘s campaign has denied that the former Vice President confused the date of D-Day with the Pearl Harbor anniversary during an event on Wednesday.
According to Fox News, his campaign team said that he was referring to ‘Delaware Day’ and not the invasion of northern Europe in World War II when he referenced D-Day being on December 7.
Biden, 77, was appearing in a livestream with Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf talking about the state’s response to the coronavirus when he appeared to make the gaffe.
He said that Delaware ‘declared our independence on December the 7th, by the way. And it’s not just D-Day’.
Joe Biden’s campaign said Wednesday that the former Vice President was talking about Delaware Day when he referenced D-Day being on December 7 during a livestreamed event
It seemed that Biden had mixed up the June 6 anniversary of the Allied invasion of Nazi-occupied France in 1944 known as D-Day with the December 7 anniversary of the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, in 1941.
But his campaign team told Fox News that the presumptive Democratic nominee had only been referring to ‘Delaware Day’.
‘Since 1933, the governors of Delaware have proclaimed December 7 as Delaware Day in honor of that day in 1787, when Delaware became the first state to ratify the Federal Constitution, thus making Delaware the first state in the New Nation,’ they said.
Wednesday’s livestream was planned to mark Gov Wolf’s endorsement of Biden’s candidacy but the former Vice President took part of the broadcast to pay tribute to the lives lost to coronavirus as the U.S. death toll from the outbreak reached 100,000.
‘There are moments in our history so grim, so heart-rending, that they’re forever fixed in each of our hearts as shared grief. Today is one of those moments,’ he said.
‘100,000 lives have now been lost to this virus. To those hurting, I’m so sorry for your loss. The nation grieves with you.’
Biden had been accused of mixing up the date of the D-Day landing, pictured above, on June 6, 1944, with the anniversary of Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941
The December 7 anniversary of the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor is the same date as Delaware Day which marks when it became the first state to ratify the Federal Constitution
As well as speaking about coronavirus, Biden also took the opportunity to comment on the death of George Floyd in Minnesota which has sparked two days of protests.
Biden said that the death was part of the ‘systemic failures that inflict so much damage not just on one family, on one community but on the people of color across this nation’.
‘George Floyd’s life matters. It mattered as much as mine, it mattered as much as anyone’s in the country. At least it should have,’ he added.
‘Watching his life be taken in the same manner, echoing nearly the same words as Eric Garner five years ago – I can’t breathe – is a tragic reminder that this is not an isolated incident but a part of an ingrained systemic cycle of injustice that stills exists in this country.
The presumptive Democratic candidate had been speaking during a livestream with Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf about the state’s response to the coronavirus outbreak
‘It cuts at the very heart of our sacred belief that all Americans are equal in rights and in dignity. And it sends a very clear message to the black community and to black lives that are under threat every single day,’ Biden continued.
‘I’m glad the Mayor of Minneapolis stepped up right away and the police department and took swift action to fire the officers involved but I don’t think that’s enough.
‘They have to be held more fully accountable, especially the FBI investigation and an independent Department of Justice civil rights investigation because we have to get to the root of all this.
‘We have to ensure the Floyd family receive the justice they’re entitled.’
His comments came just a week after a radio interview with Charlamagne tha God in which Biden said that African American voters ‘ain’t black’ if they can’t decide whether to vote for him or President Trump in November.
He was harshly criticized for the statement.
Source: dailymail US