By Debra Heine
Joe Biden repeatedly struggled to collect his thoughts during a CNN town hall event Wednesday night as he attempted he to address a number of important issues with host Don Lemon. Over and over, Biden babbled incoherently as Lemon politely nodded his head as if in agreement with Biden’s inscrutable gibberish.
Biden’s town hall took place in a half-filled auditorium at Mount St. Joseph University in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Steve Herman on Twitter: “The audience for the @CNN @POTUS ‘town hall’ is all seated in forward rows. Back of the auditorium is empty. pic.twitter.com/cUFYTQEtHr / Twitter”
The audience for the @CNN @POTUS ‘town hall’ is all seated in forward rows. Back of the auditorium is empty. pic.twitter.com/cUFYTQEtHr
When asked about when children under 12 will be eligible to be vaccinated against COVID-19, Biden delivered a mind-boggling word salad in response.
“That’s underway, just like the other question that’s illogical, and I’ve heard you speak about it because you always—I’m not being solicitous—but you’re always straight-up about what you’re doing, Biden told Lemon, who mumbled something inaudible in response.
“And the question is whether or not we should be in a position where our—why can’t the experts say we know that this virus is in fact it’s going to be, or—excuse me—we know why all the drugs approved are not temporarily approved and but permanently approved. That’s underway too. I expect that to occur quickly” he said.
“You mean for the FDA,” Lemon said, attempting to make sense of Biden’s answer.
During another profoundly awkward moment, Biden asked Lemon if he’d been vaccinated, before pivoting weirdly to talking about children who believe in the man on the moon, or aliens
“Yo-you got the vaccination?” Biden asked the host, who replied that he had.
“Are you okay? You see now it works, or-or-or- the mom and dad, or-or-or the neighbor, or when you go to church, or when you’re, I-I-I really mean it,” Biden stuttered. “There are trusted interlocutors. Think of the people. If your kid wanted to find out whether or not there were—there was a man on the moon or you know something, or whether those aliens are here or not. I mean, who are the kids they’re talking to beyond the kids who love talking about it,” he said.
During yet another bizarre moment, Biden accused QAnon of believing that “Democrats or the Biden is hiding people and sucking the blood of children.”
“No, I’m serious!” Biden insisted, as the CNN camera panned to the audience, cringing and shaking their heads. “Now you may not—like me—and that’s you’re right,” Biden added.
He also took the opportunity to spread vaccine misinformation, stating definitively that if you’ve gotten the vaccine, you will not get COVID.
“The various shots that people are getting now cover that,” Biden said. You’re okay. You’re not going to to get COVID if you’ve had these vaccinations,” he told the audience.
Breaking911 on Twitter: “PRES. BIDEN: “You’re not gonna get COVID if you have these vaccinations.” pic.twitter.com/5x1xfQryIX / Twitter”
PRES. BIDEN: “You’re not gonna get COVID if you have these vaccinations.” pic.twitter.com/5x1xfQryIX
The truth is, many fully vaccinated people in the United States and overseas are getting COVID, although the vaccine is thought to reduce the severity of symptoms. NJ.com reported on Wednesday that 49 people who were fully vaccinated have died of COVID in the state.