Former Vice President Joe Biden, a 2020 presidential candidate who has seen a noticeable surge since dominating the South Carolina primary last Saturday, found himself facing criticism on Monday after a gaffe in which he apparently forgot a key line to a famous quote from the Declaration of Independence.
According to Fox News, Biden was attempting to quote the “life, liberty and pursuit of happiness” line made famous long ago, but fumbled as he seemingly forgot the last half of the quote.
“We hold these truths to be self-evident. All men and women are created, by the, you know, you know the thing,” was Biden’s version of the quote.
The actual quote from the historic, founding document is as follows:
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”
You can watch a video of the former vice president mishandling the quote below:
Joe Biden tries to quote the Declaration of Independence, failspic.twitter.com/ULzGB0XtQK
— Elizabeth Harrington (@LizRNC) March 2, 2020
The gaffe marks another in a growing list of errors the 2020 candidate has made during his time on the campaign trail, many of which for which he has been criticized in the media for. Last week, he indicated to an audience that he was a candidate running for the “United States Senate.”
But his gaffes may not carry as much negative weight against him as they once did, on the heels of being endorsed by Sen. Amy Klobuchar and former South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg, who both abruptly dropped out of the 2020 election within 48 hours of Super Tuesday. Both former candidates announced their endorsements for Biden, presumably with the hopes that their supporter base follows suit and helps Biden against Sen. Bernie Sanders on Super Tuesday and beyond.