One of the world’s most recognizable cartoon characters would beat the president at the upcoming election, a former vice president has said.
Joe Biden believes the Walt Disney Company should give permission for Mickey Mouse to be selected as the Democratic Party nominee and beat President Donald Trump at the general election on Nov. 3.
“I think we could run Mickey Mouse against this president and have a shot,” he told MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” television program. “I refuse to suggest any Democrat can lose.”
MSNBC cohost Mika Brzezinski said, “Wow” in disbelief while confused members of the audience tried to applaud, even though Mickey is a fictional cartoon character and not a real person who could be considered eligible to run for public office.
Disney describes Mickey Mouse as a family friendly cartoon character who “loves adventure and trying new things.”
“Though his best intentions often go awry, he is optimistic and a friend to everyone,” the Disney website said.
Biden made the remarks after he was asked whether Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) could become the next president after declaring he was a “Democratic socialist.”
“I do not know anywhere in the south or any of those states where we have to win going into win back those Senate seats where that is going to be a helpful label to carry into an election and again it is not what I pinned on,” Biden said. “I have run under [both] popular and unpopular nominees, how does somebody run and not have that label attached to them? We are going to see.”
This is not the first time Biden raised eyebrows with his comments. Fox News reported he recently called a college student a “lying, dog-faced pony soldier” during one of his election campaign events.
He also criticized a voter who asked about son Hunter Biden’s business experience as “fat” and a “damn liar” who should take an “IQ test.” Biden’s campaign team was quick to distance itself from the remarks, explaining there must have been some misunderstanding according to the broadcaster.
The candidate has become increasingly aggressive after coming in fourth place at the latest Iowa caucus, trailing behind former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), and Sanders.
“This is a marathon and I do not think anybody has predicted much of anything about who is going to win nominations in recent past,” Biden said.