President Trump on Sunday challenged his 2020 competitor in Joe Biden to a cognitive test while saying that he had his qualms about the former Vice President’s mental capacity.
“Let’s take a test right now. Let’s go down, Joe and I will take a test. Let him take the same test that I took,” Trump said during an interview with Fox New’s Chris Wallace on Sunday.
Trump took the test, known as the Montreal Cognitive Assessment, in 2018. He later said that his doctor said he “aced” it.
Earlier this month, Biden pushed back on the notion that he is losing his mental acuity, telling reporters he is “constantly tested” for evidence of cognitive decline.
“Some have speculated that you are subject to some degree of cognitive decline,” Fox News’ Doug McKelway said. “I’m 65, I don’t have word recollection that I used to have, I forgot my train of thought from time to time. You got 12 years on me, sir. Have you been tested for some degree of cognitive decline?”
“I’ve been tested and I’m constantly tested,” Biden claimed. “Look, all you got to do is watch me and I can hardly wait to compare my cognitive capability to the cognitive capability of the man I’m running against.”
A recent Zogby International poll of 1,007 “likely voters” found that 55% said they think the former vice president “is in the early stages of dementia.”
“Overall, subgroups who normally approve of Trump’s job as president were the most likely to believe Biden could be suffering from dementia,” the poll found.
“Thus, majorities of Republicans (77% more likely/23% less likely) and Independents (56% more likely/44% less likely) thought Joe Biden had early-onset dementia; while nearly a third of Democrats (32% more likely/68% less likely) thought this was the case.”
“At the same time, some important subgroups did not believe the vice president was exhibiting a declining mental capacity. While a majority of men (60% more likely/40% less likely) thought it this was likely, women (50% more likely/50% less likely) were less likely to think that the vice president was in the early stages of dementia,” Zogby International wrote.
Trump’s remarks on Sunday were not the only attack launched against the Democratic candidate.
Trump campaign spokesman Hogan Gidley called out the press for covering for the mentally defunct former VP, and said they’ve been doing so “for the better part of 50 years.”
Gidley laid out the stark differences between President Trump and Biden, telling “Fox & Friends” host and former Republican Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz that at the end of the day, all campaigns are really about choices.
“And when you have someone like Donald Trump who stands up for this country, delivers unifying, patriotic messages on a daily basis, and someone like Joe Biden, who, for eight years, ruined this economy, and in the recent weeks when we’ve seen all this death and destruction across our country has said little or nothing except for defund the police …” Gidley said.
Gidley then pointed out that the media was falsely trying to convince people that Biden does not actually want to defund the police.
“And I have to say to watch the media try and cover for Joe Biden in this instance, they say he didn’t say, ‘defund the police.’ Okay, right. He used the word ‘redirect,’” Gidley continued.
“Let’s be clear, Jason. You and I talking right now, I’m not going to defund your bank account. I’m just going to redirect more money out of it into my bank account. The fact is it’s a cut, it’s a defunding mechanism regardless.”
“He can try and spin it however he wants, and the press can try to cover for him as they have been doing now for the better part of 50 years, but the facts remain — the American people understand our city streets are devolving into lawlessness,” Gidley concluded, arguing that President Trump was the only one still standing for law and order.