Gaffes are nothing new for the Vice President.
Call it the “gaffe hat trick,” the “gaffe triple crown,” or maybe just a rough few days. But any way you slice it, Vice President Joe Biden has managed to put his foot in his mouth three time this week.
Most recently, speaking at a Democratic women event in Washington on Friday, Biden favorably referenced disgraced former Sen. Bob Packwood, who resigned following allegations of sexual assault from over 10 women.While making a point about how far to the right the modern Republican party has moved, according to Time, the Vice President invoked “guys like Mack Mathias and [Bob] Packwood and many others. It wasn’t Democrats alone.”
And that awkward moment was only the latest.
On Tuesday, Biden first caused a stir when he referred to lenders of bad loans to people in the military as “Shylocks,” earning a rebuke from the Anti-Defamation League. Biden quickly walked back his comments. “It was a poor choice of words,” he said, according to the Washington Post.
The very next day, the Vice President found himself in trouble again. He called foreign policy expert Lee Kuan Yew “the wisest man in the Orient.”
Republicans were quick to pounce on Biden’s use of “orient.”
“Vice President Joe Biden’s insensitive remarks are offensive to both Asian-Americans and our Asian allies abroad,” Ninio Fetalvo, the Republican National Committee Asian American and Pacific Islander spokesman, told the Post in a statement.
Gaffes are nothing new for Biden. But these three in such quick succession demonstrate why “Vice President” may be the highest office he can aspire too.