Is it ‘tornadx’ now? In his latest gaffe, Biden says ‘they don’t call ‘em tornados anymore’ during climate-change speech
Biden visited New Jersey on Tuesday to survey the damage wrought by Hurricane Ida, which tracked up to the US northeast after battering Louisiana a week ago. The storm brought devastating floods and killed dozens of people, while exposing the inability of US infrastructure to handle extreme weather, and, to Biden, the country’s vulnerability to climate change.
Biden told reporters that the damage done by Ida would become more commonplace unless action is taken to combat climate change. “Every part of the country is getting hit by extreme weather, and we’re now living in real time what the country’s gonna look like,” he implored.
However, Biden then became confused when listing examples of this extreme weather.
Joe Biden on tornadoes: "...they don't call them that anymore..." pic.twitter.com/HwkpYzv8bm— Charlie Spiering (@charliespiering) September 7, 2021
“It's all across the country, you know...it looks like a tornado, they don't call 'em that anymore, that hit the crops and wetlands in the middle of the country in Iowa and Nevada and I mean, it's just across the board,” he mumbled. “And you know, as I said, we're in this together.”Also on rt.com Biden prompts fresh outrage by appearing to check his watch at ceremony for US service members killed in Kabul airport bombing
Biden was swiftly reminded that tornadoes haven’t been renamed. “Yes, we still call them tornadoes,” Fox News meteorologist Janice Dean tweeted. “In Indiana we still call them tornadoes… did I miss something?” Republican Rep. Jim Banks joked.
Nevada residents also reminded Biden that not only is the state unaffected by tornadoes, it also lacks crops and wetlands, and is not situated in the middle of the country.
I’ve lived in Nevada for 32 years and I just became aware that we areA. in the middle of the countryB. have crops and wetlandsC. have tornadoes that wipe those out https://t.co/y2EkpGu7jP— Fiscal Therapist (@BigLifeMark) September 7, 2021
Ya, I live in Nevada, don’t recall any tornados coming through here… or whatever they’re called now 😂— sean breen (@sbreen80) September 7, 2021
Others joked that the ‘woke’ Biden administration had decided to rename tornadoes, due to some previously-unknown offensive property of the word.
Tornadoes aren’t PC anymore. “Swirly clouds” is better. https://t.co/5LMdAsxEsk— Tyler Zed (@realTylerZed) September 7, 2021
It's "tornadx," bigots. https://t.co/uNBq6hISoq— Aaron Lockhart 🇺🇸 (@arabbitorduck) September 7, 2021
Video has emerged of Joe Biden saying the T word. https://t.co/nbdySdinjK— Helsingor (@Helsingor) September 7, 2021
A charitable interpretation of Biden’s stumbling statement was given by Townhall editor Spencer Brown, who suggested that the president was referring to a Derecho (a kind of wind storm that can sometimes do tornado-like damage) that hit the city of Nevada, Iowa, last year.
Nevertheless, Biden’s slip-up was filed away as yet another one of his regular gaffes and slip-ups, and was seen by critics as another example of the president’s apparently deteriorating cognitive capacity.Also on rt.com Wayne Dupree: Biden is not fit for office, but he’ll never resign because his handlers won’t allow it
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