It’s never a good look for a politician to forget which group he’s addressing, especially if it’s an influential congressional caucus, but we’re not talking about a case where Biden mistakenly addressed the House and confused the Congressional Invasive Species Caucus with the Congressional Aluminum Caucus.
The Black Caucus and the Hispanic Caucus are both influential Dem blocs that Biden is supposed to have a relationship with. And there’s a fairly obvious way to tell them apart even if you think you have to be a biologist to recognize a woman. Confusing them is a fairly bad sign for a Democrat president.
Biden, 80, celebrated gala award recipient Sister Norma Pimental, executive director of Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley, right before the blunder.
“I know Sister Norma lives the lessons nuns taught me growing up. Lessons based on the Gospel of Matthew: Feed the hungry, care for the sick, welcome strangers,” the president said. “They echo what my dad taught me, and I mean this sincerely, my dad used to say, ‘Everyone, everyone is entitled to be treated with dignity and respect.’”
“The Congressional Black Caucus embodies all those values,” he added, without stopping to correct himself.
He’s honoring a nun. That should have been a small tipoff that he was at an Hispanic event. Do a lot of nuns get honored at CBC events?
Or he could have looked at all the big CHC logos behind them.
This ‘gaffe’ is worse than it seems.
Biden and the Dems have focused very hard on black groups while ignoring Latinos except when using them as weapons against Republicans. Latinos are politically underrepresented in Democrat cities and there’s been tension with the Biden administration. Biden is much closer to the Black Caucus than the Hispanic one. Addressing the Hispanic Caucus as the Black Caucus is a bad mistake that signals his priorities. It will be taken as an insult.
And a sign of Biden’s failing capabilities.
All he had to do was look at his audience or listen to what he was saying. Instead, the dog-faced pony soldier rode again.