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Trump mocks Biden for calling him ‘George’

President claims ‘Fake News Cartel is working overtime’ to not report on Democratic nominee’s apparent gaffe

In this combination of pictures created on September 29, 2020, Democratic US presidential candidate Joe Biden (L) and US President Donald Trump speak during the first presidential debate at the Case Western Reserve University and Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio. (Jim Watson and Saul Loeb/AFP)
In this combination of pictures created on September 29, 2020, Democratic US presidential candidate Joe Biden (L) and US President Donald Trump speak during the first presidential debate at the Case Western Reserve University and Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio. (Jim Watson and Saul Loeb/AFP)

US President Donald Trump on Monday mocked Democratic nominee Joe Biden for appearing to call him George.

Biden, 77, made the gaffe while virtually addressing a concert held to raise money for his campaign.

“Not because I’m running, but because who I’m running against, this is the most consequential election in a long, long, long time,” Biden said as he sat next to his wife, Jill.

He continued: “And the character of the country in my view is literally on the ballot. What kind of country we’re gonna be? Four more years of George, ah, George, he… gonna find ourselves in a position where if Trump gets elected we’re gonna be in a different world.”

Some have suggested that Biden confused Trump with comedian George Lopez, who was present at the virtual fundraiser, or with former presidents George W. Bush or George H.W. Bush.

Trump responded with a gleeful tweet, falsely claiming that Biden needed the interviewer to remind him of his name.

“Joe Biden called me George yesterday. Couldn’t remember my name. Got some help from the anchor to get him through the interview. The Fake News Cartel is working overtime to cover it up!” he tweeted.

The 74-year-old Trump and his allies have spent much of the year questioning Biden’s mental and physical health.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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