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Jill Biden, wife of Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, shut down a question from CNN’s Jake Tapper on Sunday about any “occasional gaffe” her husband may make during the campaign.

Biden was appearing on State of the Union hosted by Tapper when the exchange ocurred.

“Oh, you can’t even go there,” Jill Biden said. “After Donald Trump, you cannot even say the word gaffe.”

“I can’t even say the word gaffe?” Tapper asked.

“Nope. Done. It’s gone,” she said. “Over, so over.”

Rather than press Biden on the issue, which would have been hard to defend, Tapper moved on to the issue of an orderly transition of power should Trump lose.

But Joe Biden has a long history of gaffes, including one on a recent campaign stop when he was talking about COVID-19.

“If Donald Trump has his way, the complications from COVID-19, which are well beyond what they should be — it’s estimated that 200 million people have died — probably by the time I finish this talk,” Biden said.

With just 36 days left until Election Day in what will undoubtedly be a hotly contested presidential race, Tapper chose to give Jill Biden a pass and abdicated his role as a responsible journalist in what was really an embarrassing exchange.



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