Since the start of his 2020 campaign, Republican politicos have smeared now-President Joe Biden as being an establishment politician whose mental faculties are insufficient to meet the pressures of the Oval Office.
On Thursday, Biden held a press conference where he answered questions for more than an hour on topics ranging from immigration to China to the Senate filibuster and the 60 vote threshold it imposes on most legislation.
In discussing the filibuster, Biden floated ways to reform it by reverting to the way it was when he first became a Senator, in 1973. He made a self-deprecating joke in the process.
President Biden says he "strongly supports" filibuster reform, joking filibusters have skyrocketed since he "came t… https://t.co/5Z8AEAxqDr— The Recount (@The Recount) 1616695126.0
The President said:
"I believe we should go back to the position of the filibuster that existed just when I came to the United States Senate 120 years ago."
A frequent Republican talking point is that Biden was in the Senate for 47 years, without—they claim—getting anything done. This is what Biden was alluding to when he joked that he'd first been sworn in 120 years ago. He made a similar quip on the campaign trail in September of last year.
In response, Republican social media users pounced on the President and leapt to point to his words as an example of his supposed senility.
Biden says we should go back to the filibuster that existed when he was in the Senate "120 years ago." Joe Biden is 78 years old.— Mike Hahn (@Mike Hahn) 1616694293.0
Did Biden say he was in the senate for 120 years? 🤦🏾♀️ Kamala is the new installed President isn’t she? https://t.co/bvuk6YNeyO— Melissa Tate (@Melissa Tate) 1616702622.0
JOE BIDEN: ‘I Came to the United States Senate 120 Years Ago’ https://t.co/aqgZKLe2jO— Sean Hannity (@Sean Hannity) 1616695508.0
@FoxNews @DanaPerino @greggutfeld Did you guys catch Biden saying he came to Senate 120 years ago????...serious dementia setting in???— Dan Patterson (@Dan Patterson) 1616703146.0
But their attempts at slamming Biden turned into more self-owns.
Biden: I've been in the Senate 120 years. Republicans: https://t.co/TDzcXLbImO— Your Friendly, Neighborhood Smirk-Man! (@Your Friendly, Neighborhood Smirk-Man!) 1616696237.0
Biden said he came to the Senate 120 years ago... It will probably take Republicans 120 years to realize it was a joke!— Brian O'Sullivan (@Brian O'Sullivan) 1616697517.0
Conservatives, if you thought that Joe Biden was serious when he joked about being in the Senate for 120 years, the… https://t.co/W2QeVcQ0q6— David Weissman (@David Weissman) 1616706299.0
Biden makes an off handed joke about being in the Senate 120 years ago, and MAGA Twitter is too stupid to know its… https://t.co/wPsJKJMJgD— Brian Roth (@Brian Roth) 1616695861.0
President Biden says he came into the Senate 120 years ago. Educated people who appreciate a good troll: “that was… https://t.co/HPCVuJfbjW— Beki 🇺🇸 (@Beki 🇺🇸) 1616695694.0
Video of the full press conference is available here.