Joe Biden appeared virtually at the “I will Vote Concert” on Sunday night and seemed to momentarily misplace his presidential opponent: “We need to stop four more years of George”.
Biden seemed to confuse Donald Trump with either George W. Bush, who was the American president from 2001 to 2009, or his father George H.W. Bush, who was in the Oval office from 1989 to 1993.
Biden was seated beside his wife Jill, who appeared to lean in and at least twice whisper something to her husband as he momentarily struggled for the right words with eight days remaining in the U.S. presidential election. “Watch his wife saying Trump under her breath 3 times,” said one person on Twitter.
“Four more years of George, er, George, er, he — we’re going to find ourselves in a position where, if Trump gets elected, we’re going to be in a different world,” he corrected himself.
Biden was speaking during a virtual concert live-streamed on YouTube that attracted 12,000 views.
The lapse was seized upon by Trump, 74, who has repeatedly questioned the mental acuity of Biden, 77, during the election campaign.
Trump has said Biden is exhibiting signs of dementia and joked that he will end up in a care home and running-mate Kamala Harris will have to complete his term. “Did something happen to Joe Biden?” an August attack ad wonders.
Appearing on CBS’ 60 Minutes earlier on Sunday, Biden, who would become the oldest president if he won the election, shook off Trump’s attacks on his mental agility.
“Hey, the same guy who thought that the 911 attack was a 7-Eleven attack, he’s talking about dementia?” Biden said.
“All I can say to the American people is watch me, is see what I’ve done, is see what I’m going to do. Look at me. Compare our physical and mental acuity.
“I’m happy to have that comparison.”
To date, more than 60 million Americans have cast ballots in the race, a record-breaking pace that could lead to the highest voter turnout in over a century, according to data from the U.S. Elections Project on Monday.
The tally is the latest sign of intense interest in the contest between Trump and Biden, as well as voters’ desire to reduce their risk of exposure to COVID-19, which has killed about 225,000 people across the United States.
Democrats hold a significant advantage in early voting due to their embrace of mail balloting, which Republicans have historically cast in large numbers but have shunned amid repeated and unfounded attacks by Trump who says the system is prone to widespread fraud.
Overall, Democrats hold roughly a two-to-one advantage in early voting numbers.
The high level of early voting has led Michael McDonald, the University of Florida professor who administers the U.S. Elections Project, to predict a record U.S. voter turnout of about 150 million, representing 65% of those eligible to vote, the highest rate since 1908.
U.S. voters have already cast more early votes during this presidential campaign than they did in all of 2016 when they passed the 47 million mark earlier this month, data shows.
With files from Reuters News