Former Vice President Joe Biden continued his torrid streak of gaffes when he compared “poor kids” to “white kids” at an event in Iowa Thursday.
Biden made the comment at the Iowa Asian and Latino Coalition, before quickly correcting himself.
"We have this notion that somehow if you’re poor you cannot do it. Poor kids are just as bright and just as talented as white kids," Biden said, before adding: "Wealthy kids. Black kids. Asian kids. No, I really mean it. But think how we think about it."
"They can do anything anybody else can do, given a shot," he added.
President Trump immediately seized on the gaffe to hit out at his potential 2020 rival.
"Joe is not playing with a full deck. He made that comment, I said 'whoa.'" Trump told reporters before heading to a ritzy fundraiser in the Hamptons. "This is not somebody you can have as your president, but if he got the nomination I’d be thrilled.”
Biden has made numerous gaffes lately:
The flub in Iowa was far from Biden’s only problem speaking words in recent weeks.
Speaking at a campaign event in San Diego after the mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton, Biden referred to the attacks as “the tragic events in Houston today and also in Michigan the day before,” though he later corrected himself.
Biden also referred to former British Prime Minister Theresa May as “Margaret Thatcher” on Thursday, before catching himself. It was the second time he’s made that mistake since May.
Speaking at the Iowa State Fair earlier this week, Biden also declared that “we choose truth over facts.”
He also wrongly said that the white supremacists in Charlottesville chanted “you will replace us!”
Is Biden too old or just gaffe-prone?
Many Biden critics seized on the repeated gaffes as evidence that the 76-year-old Biden is simply too old to be president.
“Biden not doing much to disprove the notion that he’s a doddering old man,” wrote Splinter News editor Katherine Krueger.
But Biden did not turn gaffe-prone in his recent years, he has had a reputation for saying the wrong thing goes back years.
“Top 10 Joe Biden gaffes,” blared a 2007 headline. Biden also made a top gaffes list in 2003.