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President Biden gave a speech on Friday at the National Safer Communities Summit in West Hartford, Connecticut. Biden said, "We’ve reached a tipping point in this nation" with gun violence during his speech at the University of Hartford.
Biden compared American soldiers serving in the Middle East to children in U.S. schools.
And, folks — folks, there’s a — there’s a lot — a lot we have to do. And it takes courage to tell the story that you’ve been through, because, you know, I spent a lot of time as president, and I spent 30-some times — visits — many more days in Afghanistan and Iraq. And I watch. You know, we have post-traumatic stress, they call it, for soldiers. What’s the difference between the post-traumatic stress that a soldier meets in the hills of Afghanistan and a four- — a fourth-grade kid meets in a classroom when they have to duck and cover? No, I’m serious.
President Biden has been inconsistent in how many times he claimed to have visited Afghanistan and Iraq.
In December 2022, Biden declared, "And, you know, I think that there’s a — I’ve been in and out — not as a, obviously, combatant — but in and out of Afghanistan and Iraq and these areas 38, 39 times as — not as President, only twice as President, but from the time I was a senator, but particularly when I was Vice President."
However, the Biden administration admitted in 2019 that the actual number of visits made to Afghanistan and Iraq is 21.
PolitiFact noted in March 2022, "The last time he was in Iraq appears to be in 2016. For Afghanistan, it was in 2011."
Biden claimed during his speech, "And in most cities — down in Philadelphia and New York, areas I know well — like up here — you’d see a truck pull up, pull to the curb, and selling weapons — selling guns, selling AR-15. Selling weapons. Well, guess what? You do that now, you go to jail."
Biden later uttered an infamous and quizzical line that he previously used on the 2020 campaign trail.
The 80-year-old president said on Friday, "If that’s the truth, now, don’t make a lie. As that — as that scene in the John Wayne movie, 'Don’t make me a dog-faced, lying pony soldier.'"
Biden said the same term as an insult to a New Hampshire voter in February 2020.
Biden – a self-described "gaffe machine" – ended his gun control speech by saying, "All right? God save the queen, man."
Queen Elizabeth II died on Sept. 8, 2022. Biden attended her funeral. Britain's longest-serving monarch was replaced by her son, King Charles III.
Biden's statement baffled Todd Gillman, the White House correspondent for the Dallas Morning News.
"Several of you have asked me why he might have said that,” Gillman said on Friday. "I have no idea. Other pooler likewise have no idea."
The White House Principal Deputy Press Secretary, Olivia Dalton, told reporters that Biden was "commenting to someone in the crowd."
A confused Biden also needed guidance to know which direction to walk off stage following his speech.
The terms "God save the queen" and "dementia" were featured in Twitter's trending topics of "politics" on Friday and Saturday.
\u201cBiden wrapping up his remarks at a gun control summit today: \u201cAlright, God save the queen man.\u201d\n\nHe\u2019s in Connecticut.\n\u201d— Sara Gonzales (@Sara Gonzales) 1686952881
Earlier this week, Biden said he plans to build a railroad across the Indian Ocean.
"We have plans to build a railroad from the Pacific all the way across the Indian Ocean," he said. "We have plans to build in — in Angola one of the largest solar plants in the world. I can go on, but I’m not. I’m going off script. I’m going to get in trouble."
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Paul Sacca is a staff writer for Blaze News.