WATCH: Biden appears to forget the name ‘Maui’ — refers to it as ‘the one you see on television all the time’

Just a few days earlier he had told reports, "No comment," about the fires.


In a speech in response to the fires devastating the island of Maui, President Joe Biden seemed to forget the name of the island and instead called it "the one" that "you see on television all the time." 

In a speech on Tuesday in Milwaukee, Biden spoke to a crowd of voters and broke his silence about the subject. Just a few days earlier he had told reporters, "No comment," after being asked for his reaction to the death and destruction.  

After referring to the island earlier in the speech by name, Biden talked about the military having a presence on the Big Island of Hawaii.  

"The Army helicopters helped fire suppression and efforts on the Big Island - because there's still some burning on the Big Island," Biden said. "Not the one that is - not the one where you - you see on television all the time."  

Although Biden referred to the island earlier in the speech, he seemed to have a hard time recalling it at that moment.

Some have suggested that Biden's seemingly consistent gaffes and other behaviors indicate he could be exhibiting symptoms of dementia or Alzheimer's. 

In the same speech, Biden touted the accomplishments of the administration sending $700 checks to the families in Maui. After the checks were announced, there was a backlash against the proposal and some said it is "insulting" that the government would send such an amount.  

He made the announcement on X, where others reacted negatively to the funding proposal.  

A Maui resident, Ella Sable Tacderan, told CNN's Kaitlan Collins that the $700 payments may only be able to pay for "one grocery run" and was a "slap in the face" from the United States government.  

The death toll in Maui is 114 as of Saturday. Fires have destroyed much of the island of Maui and search and rescue crews are still looking for missing people among the massive destruction.  

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