Biden: MLK, RFK Were Assassinated in 'the Late '70s'

2020 frontrunner: 'None of you women will remember this'

August 20, 2019

Former Vice President Joe Biden stated Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert Kennedy were assassinated in "the late 70s" while speaking to a crowd of supporters in Iowa on Tuesday evening.

Biden's comments came during his account of how he involved himself in politics at a young age.

"In my generation, when I got out of school, when Bobby Kennedy and Dr. King had been assassinated in the 70s, the late 70s, I got engaged," Biden said.

Kennedy was shot in June of 1968, while exiting a speaking event in Los Angeles, California. He died a day after the shooting. King was shot in April of 1968, just before giving a speech in Memphis, Tennessee. He also died shortly afterward.

Biden later appeared to correct himself in his speech, referring to the decade in which he got involved in politics as the 1960s.

"Up to that time, you remember—none of you women will remember this, but a couple men will remember it," he said. "That was the time in the early to late '60s, in the early '60s, the '60s, when it was, 'Drop out, go to Haight-Ashbury, don't get engaged, don't trust anyone over 30.'"

Biden recently has committed a series of gaffes while speaking in Iowa. In early August, he called the former British Prime Minister Theresa May "Margaret Thatcher," who died in 2013 and hasn't held office in decades.

He later told a room full of Hispanics and Asians that "poor kids are just as bright, just as talented, as white kids."

Biden has also insisted that he was vice president during the Parkland shooting in 2018.

"I watched what happened when the kids from Parkland marched up, and I met with them and then they went off up to the Hill when I was vice president," Biden said at a forum earlier this month.

Biden later defended his remark, saying that he was "still called vice president" when the shooting occurred.