Joe Biden accidentally said “Iranian people” instead of Ukrainian in a moment that went viral from his State of the Union address.
Momentary clips are shared on social media, as are reactions from those close to the President. So far, the incident has been viewed over 1 million times.
A clip appears to show Vice President Kamala Harris speaking “Ukrainian” after Biden’s blunder. The president also drew criticism on social media for his mistake.
Biden sought to comment on Russian President Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine and the country’s opposition to it.
“To this day, in the struggle between democracy and autocracy, democracies are rising and the world is clearly choosing the side of peace and security,” Biden said during his speech.
“This is a real test. It will take time. So let us continue to be inspired by the iron will of the Ukrainian people. We stand by you to our fellow Ukrainians who forge a deep bond that unites our two nations.
“Putin may encircle Kyiv with tanks, but he never wins the hearts and souls of the Iranian people. He will never quench her love of freedom. He will never weaken the resolve of the free world.”
After the blunder during the speech, the president was mocked on social media.
“‘Putin will never win the hearts and minds of the Iranian people.’ That’s a relief,” conservative commentator Ann Coulter wrote on Twitter.
“Turned off after Biden said Putin will never win the heart and soul of the Iranian people,” former Pentagon official Amber Smith wrote in a tweet.
“Putin will never weaken the will of the ‘Iranian’ people? Somebody please get Joe Biden a card,” Republican Rep. Ken Buck tweeted.
“Biden’s Freudian slip about Putin and the Iranian people perfectly sums up how US foreign policy views everything outside of its Western bubble,” sociologist Sabrina Fernandes tweeted.
Some social media users defended Biden’s mistake, insisting that former President Donald Trump isn’t a perfect public speaker either.
“People hang on to Biden and say Iranian people like Trump have spoken perfectly throughout his tenure,” singer Malynda Hale said on her Twitter page.
Philadelphia investigators Columnist Will Bunch also defended Biden, saying Fox News is more focused on the mistake than the other things Biden said in his speech.
“CNN, MSNBC, the networks: ‘Biden welcomes economic gains, alliance with Ukraine.’ Fox News: ‘Biden said Iranians,'” Bunch tweeted.
It comes after Fox News host Laura Ingraham took to Twitter and asked if she heard Biden say “Iranian.” Her tweet has been liked over 16,000 times and retweeted 1,500 times.
news week has reached out to the White House for comment.
Update 3/22/22 6:48 am ET: This article has been updated with additional information.