Biden Jokes About Trump's Bleach Injection COVID-19 Remark During 2024 Campaign Speech

Biden mocks Trump's past COVID-19 comments, joking about injecting bleach, but acknowledges it was inappropriate. The 2024 presidential race heats up as both sides trade barbs.

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Biden Jokes About Trump's Bleach Injection COVID-19 Remark During 2024 Campaign Speech

Biden Jokes About Trump's Bleach Injection COVID-19 Remark During 2024 Campaign Speech

President Joe Biden criticized former President Donald Trump during a speech on April 25, 2024, joking about Trump's past comments suggesting that injecting disinfectant could be a potential COVID-19 treatment. Speaking at the North America's Building Trades Unions conference, where he was endorsed for the 2024 presidential race, Biden said, "Remember when [Donald Trump] was trying to deal with COVID, he suggested, inject a little bleach in your veins. He missed it. It all went to his hair."

The audience erupted in laughter at Biden's remarks, though the president immediately acknowledged that he "shouldn't have made that comment." The humorous remark was a reference to Trump's widely criticized statements made in 2020 about the potential use of disinfectants to treat COVID-19, which prompted warnings from health officials against ingesting such substances.

The former president never explicitly suggested injecting bleach but made comments about using disinfectants internally to fight the virus, leading to warnings from disinfectant makers. Biden's joke also played on Trump's well-known efforts to maintain his signature hairstyle, including writing off $70,000 in hairstyling expenses when he hosted "The Apprentice" and occasionally letting fans touch his hair to prove it's real.

The Trump campaign highlighted a moment during the speech when Biden struggled with the teleprompter, pausing and prompting the audience to chant "four more years." They called Biden "cognitively impaired." The Biden campaign responded by noting that his opponent had no campaign events that day due to his ongoing trial in New York City involving hush money payments to adult film star Stormy Daniels, with whom he allegedly had an affair.

Public reaction to Biden's comments was mixed, with some finding his sense of humor amusing while others criticized it as divisive. The joke underscores the continued public scrutiny and mockery surrounding Trump's past statements and actions, especially those related to his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic. As the 2024 presidential campaign heats up, Biden appears intent on keeping such moments in the public consciousness to troll his political opponent.

Key Takeaways

  • Biden mocked Trump's past comments about injecting disinfectant to treat COVID-19.
  • Biden acknowledged he "shouldn't have made that comment" about Trump's hair.
  • Trump campaign criticized Biden for struggling with a teleprompter, calling him "cognitively impaired".
  • Biden's opponent, Trump, had no campaign events due to an ongoing trial in New York.
  • Public reaction to Biden's comments was mixed, with some finding it amusing and others criticizing it as divisive.