Former Vice President Joe Biden has made very few public appearances lately, with the presumptive Democratic nominee choosing instead to remain ensconced in his Delaware home.
Although Democrats have attributed that decision to concerns over coronavirus, Trump campaign spokesman Tim Murtaugh recently suggested that Biden’s absence is driven more by a desire for self-preservation and that it is time for him to get out on the trail, according to The Hill.
Calling Biden out
“This is obviously a tactic to help him avoid errors and embarrassing, lost trains of thought, while also conveniently preventing the press corps from asking him any questions in person,” Murtaugh was quoted as saying to reporters in a memo, adding:
These events have been either tightly controlled or covered by press in only a pool arrangement. At what point will Biden subject himself to the scrutiny American voters deserve when considering the next President of the United States?
Murtaugh said he hopes “the media joins us in calling on Joe Biden to end his self-imposed isolation and give Americans what they deserve — a thorough examination and vetting of a man who wants to be president.”
Cognitive struggles persist
For his part, the former vice president has become notorious for his history of making gaffes and bizarre statements, a pattern of behavior that has shown no signs of abating in recent months.
When Biden appeared on an episode of ABC’s The View in April, he was asked about the many instances in which he has been accused of making inappropriate comments and gestures toward women.
Specifically, host Sunny Hostin asked if he was “prepared to apologize to those women” who had made allegations against him in past, and his answer far from coherent.
“Look, here’s the deal,” Biden said, “I have to be, and everybody has to be, much more aware of the private space of men and women, it’s not just women but primarily women.”
He went on: “And uh, and, I am much more cognizant of that, but I am, so, for example, I actually thought in my head when I walked out here, I mean…do I…we’re friends…” the former vice president trailed off.
“I am absolutely positive that no one that I am aware of ever has been made aware of any complaint, a formal complaint, made by, or a complaint, made by Tara Reade against me at the time this allegedly happened 27 years ago, or until, the, I announced for pres — uh, well, I guess it was in April or May of this year. I know of no one who is aware that any complaint was made,” Biden said perplexingly.
Murtaugh is right. The sooner the American people are able to see the full scope of Biden’s apparent cognitive decline for themselves, the better able they will be to make a truly informed choice this November.