"It's probably best I don't keep talking," Joe Biden told MSNBC's Nicole Wallace.
Turns out that's what he should have told his handlers.
If so, Biden could have prevented his terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day.
And that's putting it mildly.
Biden appeared on almost all the major networks including CNN, MSNBC, and ABC. In virtually every appearance, he had a major gaffe or an avoidable awkward moment.
CNN's Jake Tapper even had to remind Joe Biden how to properly cough. See the teachable moment below:
Joe Biden also appeared via video chat on ABC's The View.
Throughout the entire interview, Joe Biden was caught touching and scratching his face multiple times.
Part of what makes this so ironic is that Biden has insisted on hosting "shadow briefings" to attack President Trump's response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
However, "avoid touching your face" is one of the key pieces of medical advice.
A supercut of Biden repeatedly touching his face on The View quickly went viral on Twitter:
During the same segment, Biden claimed that the cure will "make the problem worse."
Isn't the cure what we want?
According to the Washington Examiner, Biden said the cure will make matters worse "no matter what":
Joe Biden offered a confusing response when asked about President Trump's management of the coronavirus pandemic's public health and economic fallout.
Biden, during a rare national TV interview amid the outbreak, was pressed Tuesday about Trump's insistence he didn't want the economic downturn caused by business closures, forced by White House and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention social distancing recommendations, to "be worse" than health issues stemming from COVID-19 itself.
"Are you at all concerned, as President Trump said, we cannot let the cure be worse than the problem itself?" ABC's The View host Sara Haines asked the two-term vice president.
The presumptive 2020 Democratic presidential nominee and 36-year Delaware senator replied, "We have to take care of the cure. That will make the problem worse, no matter what. No matter what. We know what has to be done."
Footage of Biden's gaffe began going viral on Twitter immediately.
You can see it below, posted by Elizabeth Harrington of the RNC:
The craziest moment happened on MSNBC in an interview with Nicole Wallace.
The entire interview seemed awkward, as Biden said things like "It's probably best I don't keep talking" and "I shouldn't have said it that way."
Breitbart has more on the cringeworthy exchange:
Tuesday on MSNBC’s “Deadline,” 2020 Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden had several awkward exchanges with host Nicolle Wallace while apologizing for his wording.
When asked how he would handle the coronavirus pandemic if he wins the election, Biden said, “Way back in January 17 I wrote a piece, maybe the 15th. I wrote a piece for “USA Today” saying that, you know, a pandemic is coming. We have to be better prepared. We should have been in a position, I called for a while ago. I would enforce, enforce the defense production act. I would be surging equipment and personnel. I would be moving in a direction where we had the United States military, which I call for several weeks ago building hospitals like finally happening in the National Guard helping in New York with, you know, at the Javits Center. We have this capacity. Most of all, I would be protecting our docs, nurses, and first responders because if we lose them, we are in real, real trouble. We should be making those masks, moving on those ventilators. We can do that. Why doesn’t he just act like a president?”
Biden apologized, “That’s a stupid way to say that but I really –”
Wallace who had begun her next question said, “Donald Trump was asked on —”
Biden apologized again, “Sorry.”
Wallace said, “Go ahead.”
Biden said, “No. No. Probably best I don’t.”
Wallace laughed as she said, “All right.”
At the end of the the undeniably awkward interview, Wallace and Biden both seemed relectant to get off the air.
They both exchanged at least 7 "thank yous" before finally cutting the segment short.
Clips of the awkward interview can be seen below:
Another gaffe happened during one of Biden's "shadow briefings."
The campaign later claimed his teleprompter broke, which is why Biden appeared to stumble over words during the live broadcast.
Fox News has more details on the gaffe:
Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden was mocked on Monday after the gaffe-prone 2020 Democratic front-runner appeared to lose his train of thought when his teleprompter malfunctioned during remarks on the coronavirus pandemic.
Biden's remarks, livestreamed from a studio set up in his home, began with his touching his face despite ongoing warnings not to do that during the coronavirus pandemic. His remarks were also short compared with the president's near-daily coronavirus briefings, lasting less than 15 minutes in total, and featured a clear teleprompter issue that became a social media punchline.
The former vice president was detailing his plan to fight the coronavirus crisis, but appeared to lose track of his place on the teleprompter. Biden signaled to his staff that there was something wrong, before going off on an awkward ad-lib.
"And, in addition to that, in addition to that we have to make sure that we, we are in a position that we are, well met me go the second thing, I've spoken enough on that," Biden said before going on to speak about the aggressive action he would like Trump to take under the Defense Production Act.
“Joe Biden when the teleprompter stops working is a train wreck,” social media strategist Caleb Hull wrote.
Contrast this with President Trump who is comfortable speaking off the cuff for hours on end on virtually any topic.
While Trump does use the teleprompter at his rallies, he often goes on long tangents without the teleprompter, accurately conveying his viewpoints and policies to the crowd.
Biden, however, after having time to prepare for a staged shadow briefing, couldn't appear to hold it together after a teleprompter issue.
The snafu can be seen below: