Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden on Saturday, Sept. 26, compared President Donald Trump to a German Nazi propagandist and struggled to make points during an interview with MSNBC’s Stephanie Ruhle.
Biden likened President Trump to Nazi propaganda chief Joseph Goebbels when asked about the president’s criticism that he was pushing a socialist agenda.
“Well, uh, I’m not sure anybody that hadn’t already made up their mind they’re for Trump, but who knows,” Biden told Ruhle. “But that’s, you know, he’s sort of like Goebbels, you say the lie long enough, keep repeating, repeating, repeating, it becomes common knowledge.”
Joe Biden says Donald Trump is “sort of like” Nazi official Joseph Goebbels.
Goebbels helped carry out the systematic murder of more than six million Jewish people. This is a disgusting thing for a politician to say. pic.twitter.com/xJQFGpQD2k
— David Hookstead (@dhookstead) September 26, 2020
Biden then deflected the criticism, saying that the president was using socialism as a way to distract from his handling of the coronavirus pandemic.
“The other week I was too moderate, as you remember. I was too tough. And now the American people, I think they know who I am. They know my heart. They know my story, my family story. Trump is using socialism to scare and distract Floridians from a failed pandemic,” he said.
During another portion of the interview, Biden appeared to lose his train of thought and was saved by Ruhle.
“For example, the Paycheck Protection Act, you know, one percent of the money’s gone out,” Biden claimed. “One percent. One percent of the, uh, the—that’s not the Paycheck, the, the, the, um, uh, the, uh, the bill for small, for major, for small businesses—”
“Mainstream lending,” Ruhle interjected.
John? Joe Biden is doing an interview with Stephanie Ruhle pic.twitter.com/oR0xc2Qy9d
— Tommy Pigott (@TCPigott) September 26, 2020
The vice president slipped his tongue during a separate event, saying, “I got to the Senate 180 years ago.”
Fact check: true. https://t.co/2WsZ4qkRbA
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) September 27, 2020
President Trump and Biden are set to debate in Cleveland on Tuesday evening. Biden has called a lid multiple times this month. On Thursday, the former vice president announced a lid shortly after 9 a.m. to prepare for the debate.