President Joe Biden had some difficulty boarding Air Force One on Monday.
The president was seen stumbling twice on the staircase leading to the airplane’s entrance, in what critics are calling the latest sign of a declining mental condition, Breitbart reported.
The incident occurred at New Castle Air National Guard Base in Delaware, as Biden was making a return to Washington.
WATCH: President Joe Biden departs New Castle Air National Guard Base to head back to Washington DC. pic.twitter.com/HFxJ6U2wbt
— The Hill (@thehill) February 8, 2021
Biden is seen making a brisk attempt to mount the stairs. He takes a few steps before losing, then quickly regaining his footing. As he nears the top, Biden nearly falls again. Having reached the landing, a masked Biden turns around and gives a thumbs up to show he’s OK.
Biden’s presidential campaign was characterized by routine gaffes that raised speculation about his fitness for office. Donald Trump said that Biden was senile and would govern as a mere “puppet” of the far left.
The president’s troubles were met with a media blackout, however, and have continued to receive little press attention in the early days of his presidency.
Biden has indeed taken a sharp, partisan tack to the left, despite calling for “unity” and media portrayals of Biden as a moderate. He began his term with a series of controversial executive orders, including decisions on climate change that have alienated labor unions that supported him.
As Breitbart noted, Biden is often seen jogging into position at public appearances, apparently sensitive to perceptions of his age. He is known to be touchy about his health, once challenging a voter to a push-up contest and snapping at a journalist who asked about a cognitive test.
Media blackout has not stopped speculation from brewing about how long Biden will remain in office, as he continues to raise concern with cryptic remarks and other mishaps. While Biden’s presidency is only just beginning, many say that it’s a question of when, not if, he steps aside.