LOS ANGELES, CA – Back in April of 2020, Joe Biden made an appearance on The Late Late Show with James Corden.
Presidential candidates making efforts to reach certain demographics via appearing on a variety of shows is nothing new during campaign season.
But months after Biden’s appearance on the show, a clip from the interview has gained newfound attention as it appears as though Biden is reading from a teleprompter.
— michael cavenee (@MCavenee) September 13, 2020
Mind you, Biden was speaking about his own family while allegedly facing an on-screen teleprompter.
The newest of the “gates” styled controversies has been coined as “#TeleprompterGate”, and while there’s been jokes and speculation about Biden having to read from a script when speaking with interviewers, Biden may have very well proven that he does use them.
During his April appearance on The Late Late Show with James Corden, Biden was obviously making a virtual appearance from his home. During the segment, which is available on YouTube, Biden is sharing photos of his family with Corden and speaking about his children, grandchildren and so forth.
But what has the online community clamoring about a teleprompter in front of Biden during the interview is a reflection of one of the photos Biden is holding up to the camera during the interview.
When pressed about questions regarding whether or not Biden needs to use a teleprompter in order to field questions, Biden’s press secretary wouldn’t offer a definitive answer on the matter. When press secretary TJ Ducklo was appearing on Fox News, Brett Baier asked the following question:
“Has Joe Biden ever used a teleprompter during local interviews or to answer a Q&A with supporters?”
Ducklo responded with the following:
“Brett, we’re not going to eng…this is straight from the Trump campaign talking points. And what it does…and what it does Brett, is it’s trying to distract the American people from…from the pandemic. They talk about it everyday Brett because they don’t have a coherent strategy.”
During the entirety of the response delivered by Ducklo, he refused to answer the question as to whether Biden requires the use of a teleprompter during simple interviews.
Teleprompter speculation on Biden isn’t anything new, as earlier videos have surfaced from Biden when he appears to either be reading from a teleprompter (such as when he uttered “topline message” during an interview) or getting flustered when a teleprompter seemingly fails to signal a follow-up response.
For those of us who write talking points for a living the principle reading the header is both completely hilarious and almost unimaginable. https://t.co/FfZG4hK09a
— Josh Holmes (@HolmesJosh) September 2, 2020
Joe Biden motions to staff to change the teleprompter:
"And uh, in addition to that, uh, in addition to that, we have to, uh, make sure that we uh, we are in a position that we are, well, let me, let me go to the second thing. I've spoke enough on that." pic.twitter.com/2PoLxZnlaI
— Trump War Room – Text TRUMP to 88022 (@TrumpWarRoom) September 2, 2020
In August, Biden seemed to have also had some teleprompter-related snafu or just exhibited one of his infamous gaffes that he’s become known for:
“COVID has taken this year, just since the outbreak, has taken more than 100 year—look, here’s, the lives, it’s just, it’s, er, I mean, y’think about it. More lives this year than any other year for the past hundred years.”
"COVID has taken this year, just sinthe outbreak, has taken more than 100 year—look, here's, the lives, it's just, it's, er, I mean, y'think about it. More lives this year than any other year for the past hundred years." —@JoeBiden pic.twitter.com/jwGaJqlIaw
— Breitbart News (@BreitbartNews) August 31, 2020
The portion of that speech is frankly hard to follow – as to what Biden was specifically trying to say. Maybe he was trying to reference to death toll of the pandemic, or maybe he was trying to compare the mortality rate to that of previous flu seasons.
Biden has displayed quite an array of these gaffes, like when he seemingly called for the arrest of Breonna Taylor. Here’s our previous report on that bizarre statement.
WASHINGTON, DC –The amount of gaffes that current Democratic Presidential Candidate Joe Biden makes is astounding. His latest one happened during a televised interview with CBS News in which he called for the arrest of Breonna Taylor, a woman who was shot and killed by police who were returning fire after her boyfriend shot a police officer.
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When asked the question as to whether or not he believed that the officer who fired on Jacob Blake in Kenosha (who admitted he was armed with a knife) and the officers involved in the Taylor shooting should be charged, he responded:
“I think we should let the judicial system work its way. I do think there’s a minimum need to be charged for the officers, and as well as Breonna Taylor. And I might add by the way, I think what happened in uh, in uh, Portland.
“Where one of the Trump guys riding along in vans inciting response is shooting rubber bullets I guess, or paint balls, apparently there was someone shot by someone in the crowd.”
“With a bullet. Killed. I think that person should meet the legal requirements of whatever that calls for. It should be investigated and it should follow through on what needs to be done. Let the judicial system work. Let’s make sure justice is done.”
— CBS News (@CBSNews) September 2, 2020
Now, while it is entirely unclear, just by listening to Biden, what exactly he was trying to communicate, but we can probably figure it out.
What Biden probably meant to say is that he believes that Louisville Metropolitan Police Officers involved in the shooting death of Taylor need to be charged criminally. That incident stemmed from a no knock search warrant, which was authorized by a judge, and was executed on March 13th.
The search warrant was connected to alleged drug shipments that Taylor had been receiving at her residence for her ex-boyfriend. Officers allege that they knocked and identified themselves several times prior to entry, even though they were not required to.
After there was no answer at the door, officers breached the doorway and were fired upon by Taylor’s boyfriend. During the initial gunfire, one of the officers was shot and fell to the ground. The other officers returned fire tragically striking Taylor who was standing next to her boyfriend.
Regarding the shooting of Jacob Blake, that incident occurred in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Officers were attempting to take Blake into custody either from the reported domestic situation they were called to deal with by his girlfriend, or the open warrants he had for his arrest.
The warrants for Blake stemmed from a rape report in which a friend of his alleged that he had illegally entered into her home, raped her, and then stole her credit card and other items.
When Kenosha Police contacted Blake, they attempted to take him into custody and he physically fought with officers. One of the officers on scene deployed a Taser which had no effect on him and he got up and walked to his vehicle.
Witnesses advise they heard the officers, who had him at gun point, yell several times for him to stop and drop a knife. Blake refused and walked and opened the driver’s door of an SUV as an officer tries to stop him by grabbing his shirt.
Blake then enters into the vehicle and reaches toward his floorboard when an officer opens fire, striking Blake in the back several times. According to the Wisconsin Department of Justice, Blake admitted to investigators that he was armed with a knife.
Now, if Blake was armed with a knife, the initial shooting itself may well be deemed justified. However, the seven shots that were fired will be closely looked at to see if they were necessary or not.
Regardless of whether or not the law enforcement officers will be arrested in either incident, the important question is why any political candidate would weigh in on something like that until investigations are complete? Now, there is good video of the Blake shooting, and as President Trump put it, it certainly does not look good. But a prudent person would wait on facts instead of just jumping to conclusions.
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