After preparing to make history with his recognition of the Armenian genocide, US President Joe Biden appeared to draw a blank when trying to remember the name of the national group and instead marked the anniversary of the “Armadillo genocide.”
“Today, we must keep the memory of those who died in the genocide of the, uh, Armanis? No, that’s not it,” Biden said. “The genocide of the, uh, Arm and Hammer? No Joe, it’s not that either. The armadillos? Yea, that’s it.”
Despite the gaffe, Biden delivered a strong and emotional speech marking 106 years since the start of the genocide. Biden called Talaat Pasha, who issued the order to arrest Armenian leaders in 1915, a “lying dog faced pony soldier” and challenged him to a push-up contest, apparently unaware Talaat had died in 1921.