The apparent White House effort to repair President Joe Biden’s latest gaffe by way of a secret transcript change is prompting widespread meme ridicule.
On Friday, Biden condemned the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, reading from a teleprompter and referring to it as an “exercise in raw power.” However, when he read the majority opinion, he seemed to be reading directions written for him by his speechwriter.
“Women are not powerless in politics,” Biden added. It’s worth noting that the proportion of women who sign up to vote and cast a ballot is consistently greater than the proportion of men who do so; end quote, repeat the line.”
The Biden mistake drew a lot of online amusement on Friday, but the actual transcript of his speech did not include it.
“Let me repeat the line,” Biden stated or intended to say according to the official record.
After a lot of Twitter mockery, White House Assistant Press Sec. Emelie Simons said that Biden didn’t read the teleprompter directions.
“Nope. He said, ‘let me repeat that line again,’” Simons tweeted.
Take a look for yourself:
“They are spitting in your face and telling you it’s raining,” tweeted Viva Frei, a well-known YouTube lawyer who recently relocated to Florida from Canada. “The White House is changing the transcript to make it appear that POTUS’ obvious blunder was intended to be part of the speech. It says they think the video doesn’t exist, or people will choose to believe the lie.”
“Emelie Simons, it appears like you tampered with the official transcript to hide Biden’s cognitive issues,” wrote John Cardillo.
“The White House is, once again, desperate to save face by lying in an official transcript about Biden’s gaffe captured on video.” tweeted Mia Cathell.
It’s not the first time Biden has had problems with the teleprompter or demonstrated his need for detailed cues from his handlers.
Last month, a vigilant reporter observed the back of Biden’s notecard while he was meeting with labor and business leaders on wind energy, which gave him step-by-step instructions, including “YOU take YOUR seat.”
In April, a handler in a bunny costume escorted Biden away from delivering unscripted comments about Afghanistan and Pakistan.