On October 26, President Donald Trump tweeted Democratic candidate Joe Biden called him by the wrong name, heavily implying Biden wasn't mentally fit to be President.
Joe Biden called me George yesterday. Couldn’t remember my name. Got some help from the anchor to get him through t… https://t.co/NbdE04IZMo— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1603711844.0
The President was likely taking his cue from Fox News, which ran the story as if it were a major scandal.
Joe Biden confuses President Trump with George W. Bush: “because of who I’m running against…George, ah, George” https://t.co/ujAni2Q7Gh— Steve Guest (@Steve Guest)1603677849.0
Of course, the truth was the President's clip was deceptively edited to make it seem like he said the wrong name.
In truth, Biden was speaking with actor George Lopez and simply responding to a question.
1.1 million views and a Fox story based on the premise that Biden was confusing Trump with George Bush. He was ta… https://t.co/9GnIQ7DG4F— Dave Weigel, Re-Animator (@Dave Weigel, Re-Animator)1603730099.0
Turns out George Lopez's name is George.
Biden got the name right, unlike when Trump called his wife "Melanie."
https://t.co/4xGDkklo5E— Dave Weigel, Re-Animator (@Dave Weigel, Re-Animator)1603730171.0
Biden's exact words were:
"This is the most consequential—not because I'm running, but because of who I'm running against—this is the most consequential election in a long, long, long time and the character of the country, in my view, is literally on the ballot."
"What kind of country are we going to be? Four more years of—George.... George—we are going to find ourselves in a position where if Trump gets elected, we're going to be in a different world."
FACT: Joe Biden didn’t call Donald Trump “George Bush.” He called George Lopez “George.” This is how desperate Republicans are.— Mrs. Krassenstein (@Mrs. Krassenstein)1603726686.0
Twitter felt they ought to remind President Trump he's been known to mess up a few names on occasion.
"Tim Apple," too. https://t.co/pZeBTVvsuX— George Conway (@George Conway)1603742994.0
So here’s the Tea: Trump called Matt Gaetz “Rick Gates” Trump called Tim Cook “Tim Apple” Trump called Chris Wallac… https://t.co/hvWKqzL4jJ— DannyDeLongcray21 (@DannyDeLongcray21)1603722936.0
In 8 days this won't matter, but Biden was probably speaking to the host, George Lopez, rather than calling Trump "… https://t.co/ZY57xtXcVg— Steve Piccininni 🏴☠️ (@Steve Piccininni 🏴☠️)1603727347.0
Who could forget Tim Apple?
Or Rick Gates?
Or Trump's own wife, Melanie?
@realDonaldTrump Dude, you're really going to lose if all you have is "the other guy is more stupid than me." Tim… https://t.co/Ivl1MyWuZF— BrooklynDad_Defiant! (@BrooklynDad_Defiant!)1603715385.0
Of course, this didn't stop other conservatives like the President's son from continuing to spread the misinformation.
It’s getting beyond ridiculous. This guy is not up for the job. The left is using him to get in their radicals. D… https://t.co/YlpECz2o6j— Donald Trump Jr. (@Donald Trump Jr.)1603720172.0
But the internet's fact checkers sided firmly with Biden.
Another rough day for liars. @AP Fact Check: "Biden was speaking to George Lopez in widely shared video" https://t.co/plmho03NTc— Andrew Bates (@Andrew Bates)1603742667.0
Analysis: No, Biden did not confuse George W. Bush and Donald Trump https://t.co/AFf4r1rySA— The Washington Post (@The Washington Post)1603760885.0
Very few people online seemed swayed by the President's misleading arguments.
@realDonaldTrump :Tim Apple has entered the chat: https://t.co/tZdh85Q0xn— Holly Figueroa O'Reilly (@Holly Figueroa O'Reilly)1603711936.0
@realDonaldTrump I remember you talking about airports during the Revolutionary War not so long ago..... also, nic… https://t.co/A5ILiDRZyj— Real Housecat Hans (@Real Housecat Hans)1603711933.0
@realDonaldTrump You literally called Matt Gaetz "Rick Gates" multiple times on the same day. You called Chris Wal… https://t.co/M1TmDKM2d7— Mrs. Krassenstein (@Mrs. Krassenstein)1603711964.0
As always, we should all be taking the claims of President Trump with a grain of salt.
The Trump campaign seems focused on Biden's age being a disqualifying factor for holding political office. Donald Trump is only 3 1/2 years younger and Mitch McConnell is 9 months older than Joe Biden.