Biden spells ‘dot’ reading website address on teleprompter
President Biden was ridiculed on social media Monday for spelling the word ‘dot’ in the URL of a website he read on a teleprompter during a speech, with a wag comparing him to Ron Burgundy .
The 79-year-old president was trying to let the public know where he could report fraud in his controversial student loan forgiveness program when he mangled the Federal Trade Commission’s special webpage address.
“If you receive questionable calls, please let us know by going to report fraud … report fraud, DOT, FTC, dot gov,” Biden said, attempting to direct the public to reportfraud.ftc.gov.
The gaffe came when Biden announced the launch of an online application portal where people earning less than $125,000 a year can apply to get up to $10,000 cleared of their debt.
The president, accustomed to public speaking debacles, has been ridiculed for his tech-illiterate reading.
“Biden is so gone he will literally read EVERY WORD they put on the teleprompter in front of him,” conservative comedian Tim Young tweeted.
The Republican National Committee-run Twitter account, RNC Research, also poked fun at Biden, mocking his mistake “reading from his giant teleprompter.”
“I can’t make this up. They put the word ‘dot’ in the teleprompter and he got so confused he spelled it out instead of just saying ‘dot’,” RNC Research Rapid Response director Tommy Pigott said of the incident. incident in a tweet.
“Joe Biden clarified DOT this is the . in [a web] reach out today,” Founder of Outkick Clay Travis wrote. “It really is Ron Burgandy [sic].”
The website blunder is the latest in a series of baffling statements from Biden.
The president swept gasoline at $7 a gallon in California last week, saying ‘it has always been the case’ and confusingly linking gas prices to housing while getting takeout in a taco shop in Los Angeles.
Without further details, Biden said “housing” was “the most important thing” for gas prices.
The president also said in a speech last week that he agreed with “everything” Rep. Maxine Waters (D-California) says, praising a congresswoman with a history of inflammatory remarks.
Biden also erroneously said last week that his son Beau ‘lost his life in Iraq’ when he actually died of cancer in Maryland, and visited the Rio Grande to see the need to preserve the land, perhaps confusing it with the Grand Canyon.
A day earlier, Biden claimed firefighters nearly died putting out a 2004 fire at his home in Wilmington, Del. – a fire the local fire department said it considered “insignificant” and was extinguished within 20 minutes.