Self-styled president-elect Joe Biden issued a Thanksgiving proclamation on Thursday in a rare public appearance, and true to form, suffered a startling gaffe in the midst of the address.
Biden has relied heavily on his devout Catholic faith to rebuff criticisms of his support for a number of far-left policies, but during his Thanksgiving address appeared to be unfamiliar with the Christian Bible’s book of Psalms, mispronouncing the word twice without correction in his remarks.
Since the election, Biden has made few public appearances, reducing the unflattering coverage of his continual gaffes and memory lapses. However, he couldn’t stay hidden forever, and in one of his few appearances since early November’s election day, he managed to inflame the controversy once again.
In his attempt to quote the “Psalmist,” Biden directed viewers to “claim the Palmist— what the Palmist who wrote these following words … The Lord is my strength and my shield, and with my song, I give thanks to Him.”
Newsmax’s Howie Carr tweeted a video of the incident, commenting: “‘Devout Catholic’ Joe Biden doesn’t know the “P” in “Psalmist” is silent, not the “s.”
“Devout Catholic” Joe Biden doesn’t know the “P” in “Psalmist” is silent, not the “s”. pic.twitter.com/kp9MZi3NvQ
— Howie Carr (@HowieCarrShow) November 25, 2020
Beyond Biden’s obvious gaffe, the Democrat presidential hopeful took the opportunity to reinforce fears about COVID-19, calling it a “patriotic duty” for Americans to forego traditional Thanksgiving gatherings.
“This year, we are asking Americans to forgo so many of the traditions that we’ve long made this holiday,” Biden said. “I know how hard it is to forgo family traditions. But it is so very important. Our country’s in the middle of a dramatic spike in cases … That’s the plain and simple truth. … I believe you always deserve to hear the truth, hear the truth from your president.”
Biden’s ominous message warning about the dangers of family gatherings during the holidays stands in stark contrast to President Trump’s Thanksgiving address, which struck an optimistic tone about America’s history and future, despite COVID-19.
Trump thanked first responders, essential workers, and medical professionals in his address, remarking that “despite unprecedented challenges, we have not faltered in the face of adversity” and lauded the “remarkable courage and boundless generosity of the American people as they come to the aid of those in need.”
“Although challenges remain, we will never yield in our quest to live up to the promise of our heritage,” Trump continued. “As we gather with our loved ones, we resolve with abiding faith and patriotism to celebrate the joys of freedom and cherish the hope and peace of a brighter future ahead.”