Even Ultra-Lib Linda Sarsour is Worried About Biden Gaffes, Says They're 'Actually Not Funny'


It’s not unusual to find people who are concerned about Joe Biden’s gaffes.

Yes, most of them are conservative. Yes, most of them also have a good laugh at Biden’s expense, in addition to expressing concern over Biden’s fitness for the most important office on earth. However, concern should be a universal reaction to some of the Democrat front-runner’s strange errors.

It isn’t on the left. Far from it, actually. Given that the former vice president is the current front-runner and the key to the Democrats is beating Trump, you aren’t going to find a whole lot of people who are willing to point out the obvious. That’s why Linda Sarsour’s tweet about Biden’s latest gaffe was so unusual.

Sarsour, one of the co-founders of the Women’s March, has mostly been politically sidelined since the movement went bust, especially since said busting was in part because of her anti-Semitism. (To be fair, she wasn’t the worst anti-Semite in the whole Women’s March nest, merely one of them.)

However, she still maintains a position of some standing among the Democrats, particularly on the far-port side of the ship. Therefore, the fact that she expressed legitimate concern about Biden’s fitness for office was newsworthy.

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The gaffe that elicited the concern was actually garden-variety for Biden and his campaign, which is actually somewhat sad in and of itself.

“What’s not to like about Vermont and the beauty of it?” Biden asked reporters Saturday in a question that was supposed to be rhetorical. “What a neat town.”

Yes, Vermont isn’t a town. It also wasn’t the state he was in at the time. The gaffe occurred in Keene, New Hampshire.

The gaffe prompted a Sunday tweet from Sarsour.

“This is actually not funny,” Sarsour wrote.

“It’s very sad. These can’t just be all gaffes. People need to be worrying about VP Biden’s overall health.”

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Fox News’ Brit Hume also expressed some concern about the Vermont mistake.

“Biden has always made gaffes by the bushel, but some his recent ones suggest the kind of memory loss associated with senility. E.G: This one, plus forgetting remembering he was not vp when meeting Parkland students, twice confusing Theresa May with Margaret Thatcher,” Hume wrote.

Hume also forgot the one where Biden said Russian interference wouldn’t have happened while he and Barack Obama were in office, or where Biden couldn’t place the decade (much less the year) in which Martin Luther King and Robert F. Kennedy were assassinated, or…

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But then again, Hume isn’t on the left. Sarsour is, and it’s not just her noticing these blunders. Take the former head of the Massachusetts Democratic Party, Phil Johnston.

“It’s a cause for concern if you’re running for president, especially if you’re not sure what state you’re in,” Johnston told the Boston Herald. “We all love and respect him, but in 2020 we have to make sure the nominee is up the task of taking on President Trump.”

Or take Brian Fallon, one of Hillary Clinton’s top aides back in 2016: “I don’t think people have discerned whether these are gaffes in the classic sense or whether he may have lost his fastball,” Fallon said, according to the U.K. Guardian.

“Is this just tripping over your words, as one is sometimes prone to do, or is this a sign of an unsteadiness and an inability to be a commanding presence on the debate stage against Trump?”

Biden’s poll numbers haven’t taken a massive hit yet, even if they’re not at the peaks they were at. Also, Sarsour, Fallon and Johnston aren’t necessarily voices in the wilderness, but a chorus of concern hasn’t exactly broken out on the left.

Any more talk about the town of Vermont while the former vice president is in the state of New Hampshire, at least with some consistency, and you get the feeling that’s going to change on both accounts.

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C. Douglas Golden is a writer who splits his time between the United States and Southeast Asia. Specializing in political commentary and world affairs, he's written for Conservative Tribune and The Western Journal since 2014.
C. Douglas Golden is a writer who splits his time between the United States and Southeast Asia. Specializing in political commentary and world affairs, he's written for Conservative Tribune and The Western Journal since 2014. Aside from politics, he enjoys spending time with his wife, literature (especially British comic novels and modern Japanese lit), indie rock, coffee, Formula One and football (of both American and world varieties).
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Catholic University of America
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