Joe Biden claims 6,000 military members have been killed by Covid-19 – when in reality it is only seven
- Joe Biden’s campaign team said he mixed up coronavirus statistics in Michigan
- He confused the number of Covid deaths in the military with those for the state
- Biden’s campaign team say he has the ‘utmost respect’ for those in the military
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The Democratic presidential candidate was speaking during a campaign event in Warren, Michigan, on Wednesday.
His campaign team clarified he had mixed up the numbers for Michigan with those from the military shortly after the event.
Joe Biden claimed 6,000 members of the military have died from Covid-19 while speaking at a campaign event in Warren, Michigan, on Wednesday, when in reality seven have died from the killer virus
Biden’s campaign team clarified he had mixed up the numbers for Michigan with those from military shortly after the event. Pictured: Joe Biden wearing a face mask while speaking in Detroit on the same day
Mr Biden’s deputy rapid response director Michael Gwin told Fox News the Presidential candidate has the ‘utmost respect’ for armed service men and women.
He said: ‘Vice President Biden has the utmost respect for the men and women of the armed services and believes it’s the sacred duty of our country to properly equip them, look after their families when they’re deployed, and care for them when they return.
‘To honor their service, the Vice President carries with him each day a card detailing the number of Americans who have given their lives for our country in Iraq and Afghanistan, and frequently cites that number to recognize their sacrifice.’
Mr Biden attended the event wearing a coronavirus face mask, which he took off before speaking.
His slip-up came on the same day in which he called Donald Trump’s actions in response to the coronavirus pandemic were ‘almost criminal’ while speaking at another event in Detroit.
The Democratic nominee referred to revelations from Bob Woodward’s forth coming book ‘Rage,’ in which Trump, in recorded interviews, gave a frank assessment of the dangers of COVID while publicly saying the disease was under control.
Mr Biden slammed the president for not taking more precautions in public, such as wearing a face mask.
He also charged the president with caring more about the economy than people’s lives.
Biden held a campaign event in Michigan that was supposed to be about preventing the offshoring of jobs, but he dedicated the top of his speech to the startling revelations found in Bob Woodward’s forthcoming book
Mr Biden said: ‘He knew and purposely played it down. Worse, he lied to the American people.
‘He knowingly and willingly lied about the threat it posed to the country for months.’
At the event, attendees’ chairs had circles around them, and they were instructed not to leave that space.
‘Please remain in your circles and keep your mask on for the duration of the event,’ an overheard announcement said.
During his speech, Biden said his mask was only off because he was able to properly social distance – and the event was held outside.