Biden mistakenly says he was VP during 2018 Parkland shooting

Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenManchin lays down demands for child tax credit: report Abrams targets Black churchgoers during campaign stops for McAuliffe in Virginia Pentagon, State Department square off on Afghanistan accountability MORE said Saturday that he was vice president during a mass shooting last year in Parkland, Fla., even though it occurred more than a year after he had left office. 

“Those kids in Parkland came up to see me when I was vice president,” Biden told reporters on Saturday, according to Bloomberg News

He had reportedly been speaking on gun violence, particularly calls to action by people impacted by mass shootings.


The Hill has reached out to the Biden campaign for comment. A campaign official told Bloomberg that the former vice president was thinking of the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, which occurred during Biden's tenure. 

Biden did meet with students of Parkland's Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School after a shooter killed 17 people there. 

His Saturday statement was the latest in a series of recent gaffes. He said Thursday that  “poor kids” are “just as talented as white kids” before correcting himself and saying “wealthy kids.” He also misstated the locations of recent mass shootings as Houston and Michigan but also soon corrected himself. 

On Saturday, Biden also told reporters, according to Bloomberg, that he misspoke when he referred to "poor kids" but added that people understood what he was trying to say. 

“I don’t think anybody thinks I meant anything other than what I said I meant,” he said. 

President TrumpDonald TrumpRobert Gates says 'extreme polarization' is the greatest threat to US democracy Cassidy says he won't vote for Trump if he runs in 2024 Schiff says holding Bannon in criminal contempt 'a way of getting people's attention' MORE weighed in Saturday, tweeting, "Joe doesn’t have a clue!" 

Biden has consistently polled as the front-runner of a crowded field of candidates vying for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination.