For the second time in a week, President Biden has reportedly told a story in which he conversed with a person who is dead. First, it was French President François Mitterrand. On Wednesday, it was the late German Chancellor Helmut Kohl, who died in 2017.
And he made the gaffe twice, at back-to-back campaign events.
From Fox News:
Biden attended three campaign reception events in New York Wednesday afternoon, according to his schedule. At his second and third events, he told donors about conversations surrounding Jan. 6, 2021, at his first Group of Seven (G7) meeting as president, which took place in England in June of that year.
The president said that the late German Chancellor Kohl asked him what he would say if he learned 1,000 people stormed the British Parliament in an attempt to deny the next prime minister from taking office.
The annual meeting was not attended by Kohl, as he had been dead for four years, but by former German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
Fox News White House correspondent Jacqui Heinrich confirmed the story on X.
“Another slip at Biden’s fundraisers tonight- via pool ‘… at the 2nd and 3rd events today POTUS seemed to say that Helmut Kohl (who died in 2017) was there with him at his first foreign trip as President talking about Jan 6th…Angela Merkel was the German chancellor in 2021.’”
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) February 8, 2024
“Biden claims he discussed Jan. 6 with German chancellor who died in 2017.”
Someone better remind him that Vince Lombardi won’t be at the Super Bowl on Sunday. https://t.co/Oufs8xJJDn
— David Asman (@DavidAsmanfox) February 8, 2024