UPDATE: Biden may have confused Trump with comedian George Lopez, who he was responding to on the livestream.
2020 Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden accidentally called President Donald Trump “George” during an online fundraiser on Sunday.
“Not because I’m running, but because who I’m running against, this is the most consequential election in a long, long, long time, and the character of the country, in my view, is literally on the ballot — what kind of country we’re going to be,” Biden told George Lopez and CNN’s Ana Navarro, who were moderating the event.
“Four more years of George, uh, George, uh, gonna find ourselves in a position where if Trump gets elected, we’re gonna be in a different world,” he continued, swiftly moving on from the mistake.
The clip went viral on social media after being shared by the Republican Party and Trump’s reelection campaign, which speculated Biden had mistaken Trump for former President George W. Bush.
WATCH: Joe Biden confuses President Trump with George Bush.
“4 more years of George, uh, George…” pic.twitter.com/Zzt2brIaYS
— Trump War Room – Text TRUMP to 88022 (@TrumpWarRoom) October 26, 2020
In 2008, Biden’s brief presidential run — and his vice presidential run on President Barack Obama’s ticket — were during the Bush administration.
The speculation was shot down by others, however, who noted that George Lopez had asked Biden the question and that he was more likely the person who Biden had confused Trump’s name with.
On Monday, Trump himself responded to the gaff, tweeting, “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!”
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!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 26, 2020
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