Accuracy in Media

In a bizarre statement over the weekend, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden told donors Margaret Thatcher is concerned about the country under President Donald Trump.

The problem with Biden’s statement? The former prime minister of Britain (Thatcher) died in 2013, almost two years before Trump took office. Biden did correct himself stating to donors that he meant to say British Prime Minister Theresa May, not Thatcher. May has only been Britain’s prime minister since 2016, while Thatcher formally resigned from her duties as prime minister in 1990.

Biden not only verbally made the Thatcher mistake, but Thatcher’s name was listed as one of 14 heads of state who he claimed have voiced concerns to him about Trump.

Over the weekend, Biden also tried to give President Trump a nickname. He was asked if he had a nickname for Trump and Biden reported said he didn’t, but if he had to pick a name it would be “clown.”

Biden is one of 22 Democrats fighting to become the nominee. Biden had to postpone his presidential run after having numerous inappropriate and/or groping allegations come out against him.

Even with the numerous allegations against him he has averaged 28% in the national polls over the past month. Polling data since 1972 has shown that well-known candidates averaging above 30% if the first six months of the previous year prior to the primary will win their primaries approximately 40% of the time.

A recent CNN article pointed out some of the many faults of Biden.

  • Biden has an age problem, meaning he is much older while progressive Democrats are looking for someone new and fresh to the political scene.
  • According to recent polls Biden holds the largest lead over Trump compared to any other potential Democratic nominee. However, his electability may be damaged due to numerous inappropriate touching instances with women. Biden will have to work extremely hard to gain the trust of the female vote.
  • Minorities: Minority voters, such as Hispanics may not turn to Biden as their number one choice. With the economy flourishing under the Trump administration, and unemployment at a low for Hispanics and African Americans, Biden has little to use to appeal to voters in this category.

Marissa Martinez is a political contributor for Accuracy in Media. She is the former political director to Massachusetts Governor’s re-election campaign, alumna of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and political consultant to national PACs. Follow her stories, @MarissaAlisa.


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