Washington Free Beacon editor-in-chief Matthew Continetti said former Vice President Joe Biden's gaffes could "cause him real trouble" in a general election against President Donald Trump during an appearance on Fox News's Special Report on Thursday.
Anchor Bret Baier played a clip of Biden saying the United States should provide healthcare for illegal immigrants.
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"I think that anyone who is in a situation where they are in need of healthcare, regardless whether there they are documented or undocumented, we have an obligation to see that they are cared for," Biden said.
"Here's the question. Matthew, was he saying emergency rooms for illegal immigrants?" Baier asked. "It was unclear, but then he started talking about clinics. So if he is talking about coverage, actual coverage for illegal immigrants, that's in a different place."
"If it's coverage he's talking about, then we are in Bernie land. And this is the problem with Joe Biden: You don't actually know what he's going to say at any given time or what trouble he's going to cause by his words," Continetti said. "He's doing very well now in the Democratic primary. The problem is, in the past two weeks, he's delivered two statements that are going to cause him real trouble in a general election."
"The first one was when he said that the people who've imprisoned a million Uighurs and who are waging economic and political warfare against this country, the government of China, are good people. And the second gaffe came today, when he left it open that he's for possible health insurance for illegal immigrants which I'm sure would be unpopular in a general election," Continetti continued.
Biden's comments came during a campaign stop in Los Angeles. After saying "we have an obligation to see that [illegal immigrants] are cared for," he added. "That's why I think we need more clinics around the country."
Earlier this month, Biden dismissed China's threat to the United States, saying "they're not competition for us."
"China is going to eat our lunch? Come on, man," Biden said. "They're not bad folks, folks. But guess what? They're not competition for us."
A recent report found China has detained up to more than two million Uighurs and other Muslims in "internment camps," in which, according to former prisoners, they are forced to renounce their faith and swear loyalty to the Chinese Communist Party.