Never too far from his next embarrassing gaffe or mental miscue, President Joe Biden made another bizarre appearance at a bill signing on Wednesday in which a hot mic caught him bafflingly urging Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) to run for the U.S. Senate while also imploring House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) to “keep it up” on some course of action that remained unclear, as the Washington Examiner reported.
During the event, Biden stumbled over the title of the legislation he was set to sign and also referred to Rep. Waters as “Maxine Walters,” and that was just the the beginning of his troubles. Once the president noticed that the California congresswoman was standing just behind him, he said, “Senator, I hope. You think I’m kidding. I’m not.”
Being that Waters is not a member of the U.S. senate and considering that she is already into her eighties, it seems rather implausible that she would be contemplating a campaign for a six-year term in the upper chamber, making Biden’s remarks all the more perplexing.
The entire episode prompted The Republican National Committee to wonder if perhaps Biden confused Waters with fellow Black House member Val Demmings (D-FL), who is actually seeking a Senate seat, a mix-up that would be more than a little embarrassing for the White House, if true.
Did Joe Biden confuse Maxine Waters with Val Demings yesterday?
Demings is running for senate.
Waters is not.pic.twitter.com/PgMhfk3POl
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) July 1, 2021
Following a few remarks discussing the details of the laws that would be enacted as a result of the bill signing, Biden was also caught on the hot mic urging Speaker Pelosi to “keep it up.” Watch:
After remarks outlining three bills overturning Trump-era policies, President Joe Biden greets House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, tells her, “By the way, keep it up on–” before, it appears, WH cuts the audio. pic.twitter.com/zhn5QnOkbo
— DJ Judd (@DJJudd) June 30, 2021
Though the precise subject of his comment was inaudible, some suspect he was referring to a progressive push – supported by the speaker – to tie passage of a bipartisan infrastructure deal to a broader reconciliation measure that would facilitate a host of liberal social aims, as the Examiner further noted.
Considering Waters’ long history of incendiary proclamations, including her suggestion earlier this year that protestors in Minneapolis should “get confrontational” if dissatisfied with the Derek Chauvin verdict, together with Pelosi’s willingness to use highly controversial means to manipulate legislative outcomes, Biden’s hot mic praise of the pair just goes to show that the campaign portrayal of the man as any sort of moderate was the ultimate bait-and-switch.