As presumptive Democratic Presidential Candidate Joe Biden struggles to maintain his slim leads in the national polls, his cognitive health continues to become a concern to Americans. After numerous moments of confusion, mumbled incoherent responses, and missed opportunities to interact with the public, Joe is now lashing out as reporters take the opportunity to ask where he stands mentally.
In an interview with Errol Barnett, a correspondent with CBS News, Biden scoffs at the question of if he has taken a test for his cognitive abilities.
“No, I haven't taken a test. Why the hell would I take a test?” Biden answered, continuing, “Come on, man. That's like saying you, before you got on this program, you take a test where you're taking cocaine or not. What do you think? Huh? Are you a junkie?”
Barnett, who is Black, maintained his composure and continued the interview, despite Biden beginning to laugh almost hysterically at his own response to the question. Barnett brought up Trump’s test for cognitive ability, which Biden dismissed.
“Well if he can’t figure out the difference between an elephant and a lion, I don’t know what the hell he’s talking about,” Biden said, continuing with, “I’m so forward-looking to have an opportunity to sit with the President or stand with the President and debate.”
"No, I haven't taken a test. Why the hell would I take a test? Come on, man,” Biden tells @errolbarnett, comparing questions about undergoing a cognitive exam to asking if a reporter had taken a drug test. “What do you think, huh? Are you a junkie?" pic.twitter.com/vbC6VchpHZ
— Christopher Cadelago (@ccadelago) August 5, 2020
Biden’s campaign has declined to give further context to his response, instead calling the question “preposterous.” But for many Americans, the question is anything but preposterous. In recent weeks, Biden has forgotten where he was when speaking, lost his train of thought many times, read directly from written notes on live television, and stumbled over his words to the point of being incoherent and unable to complete a sentence.
As Barnett has pointed out in interviews following his interview with Biden, whether Trump or Biden wins in November, either will be the oldest President to begin a term. Trump is 74 and Biden is 77. At this point, mental health and ability is an important factor when Americans go to the polls.
Despite demands from Democrats that President Trump prove his own cognitive abilities, there has been no such demand for Biden. Much like his sexual assault allegations that are being swept under the rug, the double standards continue for the former Vice President. Some are even likening him and his campaign to the “hollow husk” that remains of the Democratic party.
Prior to his interview with Barnett, when Biden was asked about his mental faculties at a news conference in June, his response was that he’s “been tested and is constantly tested.” His camp later clarified that he was not referring to an official test, but instead the rigors of running for President. President Trump has encouraged Biden to take the same test that he took at Walter Reed Medical Center.
A Monmouth University survey released in July showed that only 23% of those surveyed were “very confident” that Biden has the mental and physical fitness to carry out the job.
Surprisingly, Biden has committed to three debates with the President, scheduled for Sept. 29, Oct. 15, and Oct. 22. President Trump has been vocal in his desire for additional and earlier showdowns, before absentee and early votes have been cast. The hour-and-a-half long debates beginning at the end of September will be telling where Biden stands mentally, and if he stoops to personal attacks on the President, as well.
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