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Gaffe?: Biden Appears to Struggle Over his Words At Delaware Press Conference

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Joe Biden held a press conference on Thursday in Delaware after a virtual meeting with several governors, where he spoke about a national mask mandate and his decision on who he would nominate for Treasury Secretary.

A video from the press conference is circulating of Biden stumbling over his words. As he was speaking about Title 32 funding for the National Guard, he is unable to complete his sentence.

“We discussed the need to help states with Title 32 funding for the National Guard,” he began.

But the former vice president, who has been open about suffering from a stutter, struggled to explain what Title 32 funding was.

President Donald Trump has questioned whether Biden’s verbal stumbles are evidence of cognitive decline. 

During Biden’s time on the campaign trail, there were many instances where he was forgetful.

Last month, Biden was mocked during a virtual rally for forgetting Trump’s name.

“Four more years of George, er, George, er, he – we’re going to find ourselves in a position where, if Trump gets elected, we’re going to be in a different world,” Biden said.

During a campaign event in Philadelphia he wore a jacket featuring the logo of the University of Delaware. Biden told rallygoers that he was wearing a jacket of the Philadelphia Eagles.

“I know Philadelphia well, I married a Philly girl, by the way, and by the way, I got my Eagles jacket on,” Biden said. 

Biden has described himself as a “gaffe machine.”

Today is Biden’s 78th birthday, making him the oldest US president to take office.

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BREAKING: IL judge orders state election board to remove Trump from primary ballot

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Cook County Judge Tracie Porter issued a lengthy ruling Wednesday which orders the state election board to remove former President Donald Trump from the Illinois primary ballot on March 19. Porter wrote Trump is disqualified from the presidency due to his actions relating to the January 6, 2021 riots at the U.S. Capitol.

Porter said she was aware her “decision could not be the ultimate outcome,” given that higher courts will have a chance to weigh in; she also put her order on hold until Friday in anticipation of an appeal.

The Chicago Sun Times reports that the State Board of Elections voted unanimously last month to reject the same bid to block Trump from Illinois’ ballot under the 14th Amendment. But Porter found the board’s decision to be “clearly erroneous.”

The 14th Amendment bars from “any office, civil or military, under the United States” anyone who previously took an oath as an “officer of the United States” to support the Constitution but then engaged in “insurrection or rebellion.”

Trump’s lawyers have told the U.S. Supreme Court the amendment doesn’t apply because the president is not an “officer of the United States” under the Constitution and because he did not engage in “anything that qualifies as ‘insurrection.’”

According to the Chicago Sun Times, the “U.S. Supreme Court is poised to rule on the controversy soon — and appeared skeptical of the arguments to kick Trump off Colorado’s ballot. The clock is ticking on the nation’s high court given that Colorado’s primary election is Tuesday.” Porter also said her order would be put on hold if the Supreme court’s ruling is ultimately “inconsistent” with hers.

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