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Biden Confuses French President With Guy Who’s Been Dead Since 1996 in Incoherent Speech

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President Joe Biden suffered another embarrassing moment this week when he seemed to mistake French President Emmanuel Macron for the late French leader François Mitterrand, who died in 1996.

Biden’s blunder, which came during a speech in Las Vegas, Nevada, lends credence to Republicans and Democrats growing more concerned about 81-year-old Biden’s capacity to serve a second term in the White House.

“Right after I was elected, I went to what they call a G7 meeting, all the NATO leaders,” Biden said.

“It was in the south of England and I sat down and I said, ‘America’s back, and Mitterrand from Germany, I mean from France, looked at me and said – said, ‘You know, why– how long you back for?’ And I looked at him and the chancellor of Germany said, ‘What would you say, Mr. President, if you picked up the paper tomorrow in the London Times and the London Times said, ‘A thousand people break through the House of Commons, break down the doors, two bobbies are killed in order to stop the election of the prime minister.’ What would you say?'” Biden ranted incoherently.

He added, “I never thought about it from that perspective. What would we say if that happened in another democracy around the world?”

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A new NBC News survey is horrendous news for Biden as his re-election campaign is underway.

According to the poll, which was released Sunday morning, Biden’s approval is at an all-time low of just 37 percent, leading a Democratic pollster to comment that the “damning” results indicate a “presidency in peril.”

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Per Newsmax, citing the survey:

Former President Donald Trump not only leads Biden by 5 points (47%-42%) in the national poll, but he leads by:

–23 points on mental and physical health to be president (46%-23%).

–22 points on handling the economy (55%-33%).

–21 points on dealing with crime and violence (50%-29%)

–16 points on being competent and effective (48%-32%)

–11 points on improving America’s standing in the world (47%-36%)

–35 points on securing the southern border (57%-22%).

The ongoing illegal immigration crisis has become the No. 1 issue for most GOP primary voters, according to the report, though Democrats are increasingly fed up with Biden’s lax border enforcement policies as more migrants are shipped to major cities.

“What is most concerning is the erosion of Biden’s standing against Trump compared to four years ago,” Democrat pollster Jeff Horwitt of Hart Research Associates said.

“On every measure compared to 2020, Biden has declined. Most damningly, the belief that Biden is more likely to be up to the job—the chief tenet of the Biden candidacy—has evaporated,” Horwitt continued.

The current numbers appear favorable for Trump and “difficult” for the incumbent as they enter the core of the 2024 primary season, Republican pollster Bill McInturff of Public Opinion Strategies offered.

“It is hard to imagine a more difficult set of numbers before a reelection,” McInturff told NBC News.

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With 73% of registered voters expressing the belief that the U.S. is on the wrong track under Biden, the only potential positive aspect for the current president and Howitt is that there is still time to reverse these numbers.

“Biden can take solace in knowing that we are in January and not October 2024,” Howitt added. “At this stage in prior cycles, attitudes can change.”

Biden supporters might need to pin their hopes on a conviction of Trump in one of the four indictments he faces. In the scenario where Trump is convicted of a felony, Biden manages to secure a 2-point lead over Trump, although this still falls within the statistical margin of error, making it a competitive race.

The pollsters have noted a steady increase in Trump’s support on various issues, including:

–Border: Trump’s lead increased from 16 points in September 2020 to 35 points in January 2024.

–Economy: Trump expanded his 7-point lead in October 2020 to 22 points today.

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–Crime and violence: Trump turned a 4-point deficit during the 2020 riots into a 21-point lead today, marking a 25-point swing.

–Competence and effectiveness: Trump reversed a 9-point deficit in June 2020 to a 16-point lead today, another 25-point swing.

–Mental and physical health for the presidency: Trump transformed a 1-point deficit in October 2020, when he was hospitalized with COVID-19, into a 23-point lead today.

The survey is also the latest to show Biden losing ground with younger voters who have traditionally gone for Democrats.

“A major through line in what ails Biden most are his travails with younger voters,” Horwitt noted, per Newsmax.

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