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In his latest mistake, Biden says that the shooting at Parkland High School happened in 1918

President Biden confused his centuries on Monday, saying that 17 people were gunned down at a Parkland, Fla., high school in '1918,' rather than 2018.

“Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida — 1918, 17 dead, 17 injured,” the oldest-ever US president said on the White House lawn as he celebrated a gun-policy law that he signed last month to enhance background checks on young would-be firearm buyers, among other reforms.

Biden messed up the date about three minutes after Manuel Oliver, whose 17-year-old son Joaquin was killed in the Parkland shooting, yelled at him. Oliver urged Biden to set up a gun control office inside the White House.

Biden, who will be 80 on November 20, often makes mistakes, talks about false memories, or speaks in a way that is hard to understand. He has said that some of the mistakes were caused by a childhood stutter that he got over, but the mistakes often make Republicans question whether he is fit for office.

Last month, Biden struggled to read “LGBTQI+” from a teleprompter, saying instead, “LGBTQL, I, excuse me, plus.” In May, he also struggled to say AANHPI — a term for people of Asian or Pacific Islander ancestry that includes Native Hawaiians — and instead said,  “AAN- — NH — PI — aye, aye, aye, aye, aye.”

On Friday, Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk tweeted, “Whoever controls the teleprompter is the real President!” shortly after Biden said during scripted remarks, “repeat the line” — which the White House denied was an accidental reading of stage notes.

Joe Biden
President Joe Biden continuously makes mistakes that are concerning to many Americans.
Enforcement officers
“Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida — 1918, 17 dead, 17 injured,” Biden said.
AP/ Wilfredo Lee
Manuel Oliver, father of Parkland shooting victim Joaquin Oliver
Manuel Oliver is the father of Parkland shooting victim Joaquin Oliver.
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Biden has called Harris, who is his vice president, "President Harris" at least four times.

Some of Biden's mistakes are bigger than just misreading a prompter, though.

Since he became president, Biden has told at least seven times a story about a former Amtrak conductor that doesn't make sense in terms of time. He does this to show how much he loves passenger rail.

After 11 people were killed at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh in 2018, the president said in September 2018 that he remembered "spending time at" and "going to" the synagogue. The synagogue said he had never been there, and later, the White House said he was thinking about calling the synagogue's rabbi in 2019.

Also in September, Biden told an audience in Idaho that Boise Cascade, a local lumber and wood products company, gave him his "first job offer." The company said they didn't know about it, and Biden had never said he was interested in moving to the state before.

In January, Biden told students at historically black colleges in Atlanta that he was arrested during civil rights protests, which is also not true.

And in May, at the Naval Academy's graduation, Biden said that the late Sen. J. Caleb Boggs sent him to the military school in 1965. (R-Del.). The archives of Boggs did not have any proof to back up that claim.

Biden's opponents often say that he is losing his mind, and more and more Democrats are questioning whether he should run for reelection.

Manuel Oliver
Oliver was accompanied by gun violence survivors and advocates, as they called on Biden to create a National Office of Gun Violence Prevention.
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Parents mourning
Students embrace their family after the tragic school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
AP/ John McCall

A poll from The New York Times that came out on Monday found that 33% of people like Biden and that 64% of Democrats would rather vote for someone else in 2024.

But Biden has made mistakes for years as well. In 2014, he had to say sorry to Jewish people for calling them "Shylocks," and Asians were upset with him for calling Asia "the Orient."

In 2020, Biden angered African-Americans by telling a radio host that people who didn't vote for him instead of Trump "ain't black." He made things worse by asking a black reporter if he was a "junkie" and saying that Hispanics thought about policy in more "diverse" ways than blacks.

Biden also said in 2020 that he "had the great honor of being arrested" in South Africa when he was "trying to get to see [Nelson Mandela] on Robbens Island," where Mandela was in prison until 1990. He even said Mandela thanked him for it, but he later admitted that the whole story was made up.


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