President Joe Biden has long faced speculation that he lacks the cognitive function required by the office.
Such criticism appeared to be bolstered this week with a viral video clip in which he referred to the year as 2020.
“Please take advantage”
During a televised event on Tuesday, the president said: “There’s a lot of reason to be hopeful in 2020.”
Joe Biden — January 4, 2022: “There’s a lot of reason to be hopeful in 2020…” pic.twitter.com/Ipc3m1tz0g
— Charlie Spiering (@charliespiering) January 4, 2022
Biden went on to insist that more Americans needed to receive the COVID-19 vaccine and wear face masks in most public situations.
“But for God’s sake, please take advantage of what is available,” he said, according to the New York Post.
Another unflattering clip was shared on Twitter by an account linked to the Republican National Committee. In response to a reporter’s question about when Americans will “get those free COVID tests” promised by the White House, the RNC reported that Biden “stares blankly ahead.”
“Demolished in the midterms”
The president similarly declined to comment when another reporter asked if his administration planned to break up the nation’s meat-packing companies. Ultimately, an aide could be heard ushering members of the press out of the room.
These were just a few of the latest examples that have led critics to sound the alarm about Biden’s mental function. The trend dates back long before he took the oath of office nearly a year ago.
At points during the presidential campaign, Biden apparently forgot which state he was in, mistook his wife for his sister, and told voters he was running for a seat in the Senate rather than the White House.
Although he has publicly asserted his intention to seek another term in 2024, even some members of his own party are increasingly uncertain about his chances. Corbin Trent, who formerly served as the communications director for U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), recently acknowledged that Biden is “deeply unpopular” and “old as s***.”
Continuing his harsh assessment of the president’s performance, Trent added: “He’s largely been ineffective, unless we’re counting judges or whatever the hell inside-baseball scorecard we’re using. And I think he’ll probably get demolished in the midterms.”