A video of Donald Trump mocking President Joe Biden that caused the audience to laugh at a Republican event has sparked further ridicule online.
During the California GOP convention in Anaheim, the former president mimicked the viral moment that showed Biden’s actions after his speech.
The footage appeared to show the president getting lost on stage at the Global Fund Conference in New York in September 2022. After leaving the podium, he stood on the stage and then turned around when he heard his name. On Friday, Trump referenced that moment in his address to GOP Party supporters, telling them: “The guy can’t find his way off a stage.”
Trump then turned around and tried to reenact Biden’s actions by walking around aimlessly. “Look, there’s a stage here,” the Republican said. “I’ve never seen this stupid stage before. I’ve never seen her before. But if I go to the left, there is a staircase. And if I go to the right, there are stairs.” “
To laughter in the room, Trump added: “And this guy stands up (as if to say), ‘Where am I? Where the hell am I?’”
Social media users shared the video, which had been viewed more than 4 million times as of Saturday. The user Richard, @ricwe123 on X (formerly Twitter), Posted to his 71,000 followers: “Painfully accurate. Donald Trump imitates Joe Biden getting lost on stage…”
Conservative political commentator Benny Johnson shared the same video and posted: “Trump imitating Biden getting lost on stage is hilarious.”
“Hahahahahahahaha: Trump imitates Biden getting lost on stage several times. WATCH,” wrote Simon Ateba, White House correspondent for Today News Africa.
British journalist and broadcaster Piers Morgan did not make fun of Biden. But when I shared the video he wrote: “Extremely true. If Biden insists on running against Trump again (assuming Trump is the Republican nominee), he will lose.”
As Biden’s clip went viral, commentators and social media users questioned the 80-year-old’s cognitive abilities. The president’s health is under constant scrutiny, although the White House considers Biden fit to lead the country.
However, as Newsweek As Factcheck previously reported, Biden’s video needs context. While a shortened clip shows him seemingly uncertain as he leaves, a longer video shows him realizing after leaving the podium that he would be needed for a picture on stage shortly afterwards and that’s why he stays on the podium.
Trump described the incident as a sign that Biden will not be the Democratic nominee for 2024, even though the incumbent is running virtually unopposed in the primaries.
Trump, whose own campaign is complicated by legal problems, said Golden State Gov. Gavin Newsom would take the lead to replace Biden. Trump described the Californian as “the president’s top deputy because he doesn’t believe Biden will get it done.”
“There will be a lot of Democrats running against each other; it will be very interesting,” Trump added.
Newsweek emailed the White House seeking comment.