Aging Ex-Rep questioned whether Biden belongs in nursing home

 July 1, 2024

President Joe Biden's allies have been dropping like flies following his debate performance, which left his party in shambles.

While he seems to have lost support from his former running mate and many in his party, one might have assumed that Biden would continue to have fans among the aging Democrat politician set, but according to a recent report by The New York Post, he has even lost that wildly specific and sympathetic demographic.

Following the disastrous debate that took place the previous week, former Harlem Congressman Charles Rangel, who is now 94 years old, suggested that President Biden might be better off living in a nursing home rather than in the White House.

Lawmaker's Suggestions

“I have never been more shocked and embarrassed by any presidential debate than I was last Thursday,” Rangel, who served in Congress from 1971 to 2017, said Sunday on 770 WABC radio’s “The Cats Roundtable.”

“One [candidate is] a convicted felon who has no respect for the truth, for morality. The other seemed so damned confused I didn’t even know whether he knew where the hell he was at in terms of responding to the moderator,” he added.

In an interview with host John Catsimatidis, Rangel, a Democrat, stated that he "would not object" to both candidates undergoing cognitive tests to evaluate their fitness. Trump, who is 78 years old, is only three years younger than Biden.

“It’s clear that Biden was shaky in responding … One has to think about what happens in [the next] four years,” he noted.

On The Debate

Rangel stated that Biden's debate performance was so concerning that electors must be reminded that Trump may be sentenced to prison time for his conviction in the Stormy Daniels hush money case.

He asserted that in the majority of states, Republicans and Democrats will vote for their party's nominee despite their shortcomings, and the election is ultimately decided by seven battleground states.

“If Trump is in jail, Republicans will vote for him. If Biden is in a nursing home, [the Democrats] are going to vote for him,” he said.

Sticking with the Candidate

However, Rangel was not prepared to abandon Biden, as he observed that he was effective on the campaign trail the day following the debate.

“He was so on point, so articulate. He was better than he was at the State of the Union [address]. And I wondered, ‘Where the hell was that Joe Biden [during the debate]?'” he said.

When Biden was answering questions during the debate, he regularly fumbled over his responses. At one point, he froze and then added, "I beat Medicare."

During the later portion of his 46 years in Congress, Rangel had a difficult time maintaining his physical health, but he appeared to be mentally sharp nevertheless.

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