"We're in the middle of a pandemic that has cost us more than 85,000 jobs as of today,” he said at a COVID-19 roundtable, before following up. “Lives of millions of people, millions of people, millions of jobs."
Biden appeared to switch up the two staggering figures, as nearly 86,000 have died in the U.S. due to the coronavirus, while millions -- approximately 36 million -- have lost their jobs since the outbreak of the virus. Shortly after giving the drastically undercounted unemployment number, Biden seemed to correct himself and refer to the millions of jobless claims that have been filed since March.
It’s the latest in a series of bumbles by the former vice president, who has admitted to being a “gaffe machine.” Such errors have made easy fodder for Republicans eager to cast Biden as faltering on the virtual campaign trail.
Last month Biden suggested more "economic intercourse" for America:
Seriously? pic.twitter.com/LHY3LyFSzu— Elizabeth Harrington (@LizRNC) May 15, 2020
It seems unlikely that these Biden gaffes will cease between now and November.
“You’re going to have travel bans, you’re going to not be able to do, have economic intercourse around the world,” Biden continued. “When it’s America first, it’s America alone.”