For the second time in a matter of weeks, President Biden said his late son Beau lost his life while serving in Iraq.
Biden was using the speech to talk about inflation, Medicare and Social Security in South Florida when he had the Iraq war confused with the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
“They talk about inflation … inflation is a worldwide problem right now because of a war in Iraq and the impact on oil and what Russia’s doing … excuse me, the war in Ukraine,” Biden said. “I’m thinking about Iraq because that’s where my son died.”
Joe Biden keeps saying his son died in Iraq. His son died six years after he returned from Iraq. This is not a small lie. And he keeps repeating it: pic.twitter.com/Kpx3xUrsMV
— Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) November 2, 2022
Beau Biden passed away after a battle with brain cancer in May 2015 at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., at the age of 46. He was gone for a year-long deployment in Iraq but returned in 2009.
Later on in the speech, Biden brought up his son Beau again and this time correctly stated his cause of death.
“My son, who died of stage 4 glioblastoma, the cost of those drugs was enormous,” Biden said.
A few minutes after falsely saying that his son died in Iraq, Joe Biden then correctly says that he died of brain cancer (six years after his deployment ended). pic.twitter.com/nMPGvVV32n
— Greg Price (@greg_price11) November 1, 2022
Previously on October 13, Biden said he lost his son in Iraq.
“American soldiers of the 10th Mountain Division scaled that 1,800-foot cliff at night, caught the Germans by surprise, captured key positions, and broke through the German defense line at a pivotal point in the war,” the president said during an event designating the Camp Hale Continental Divide, the training ground of the US Army’s 10th Mountain Division, a national monument.
“Just imagine — I mean it sincerely, I say this as a father of a man who won the Bronze Star, the Conspicuous Service Medal, and lost his life in Iraq — Imagine the courage, the daring, and the genuine sacrifice, genuine sacrifice they all made,” the president said.
President Biden has struggled with gaffes for decades and they seem to be getting worse as he fulfills his term as president.