President Donald Trump just dealt Joe Biden a crushing blow — and the former vice president’s supporters surely won’t like it.
According to the Washington Examiner, Trump said in an interview with Fox News personality Chris Wallace on Sunday that the Democrats’ presumptive White House nominee is “not competent to be president.” Trump stopped short, however, of labeling Biden as “senile.”
“I don’t want to say that,” the president told Wallace, according to the Examiner. “I’d say he’s not competent to be president. To be president, you have to be sharp and tough and so many other things. He doesn’t even come out of his basement.
“Joe doesn’t know he’s alive, OK? He doesn’t know he’s alive,” the president added later.
Biden’s gaffes and misstatements have indeed become a routine occurrence. As Breitbart reported, Biden referred to himself as his own husband during an appearance on PBS earlier this month.
“I love this place. Look, what’s not to like about Vermont in terms of the beauty of it?” Biden said in New Hampshire last August, according to The Hill. “And what a neat town. This is like a scenic, beautiful town. The mayor’s been a good guy. Everybody has been really friendly.”
Comments like these haven’t gone unnoticed by voters; a Rasmussen poll published on June 29 revealed that as many as 20% of Democrats think the party’s top presidential candidate has dementia. A full 66% of Republicans thought the same.
The former vice president, for his part, has reacted angrily to suggestions that he is suffering from a cognitive decline. “Look, all you got to do is watch me,” Biden snapped at a reporter at a press conference in Wilmington, Delaware last month, according to a separate report from the Examiner. “And I can hardly wait to compare my cognitive capability to the cognitive capability of the man I’m running against.”
Earlier in the press conference, Biden made allegations of his own regarding Trump’s mental fitness while discussing still-unsubstantiated reports that the Russian government paid Taliban terrorists to kill American troops in Afghanistan.
“He doesn’t seem to be cognitively aware of what’s going on,” Biden alleged, according to the Examiner. “The idea that he didn’t know or wasn’t being briefed — that’s a dereliction of duty. And if he was briefed and didn’t do anything about it, that’s a dereliction of duty.”
Whether voters believe Biden that he’s got what it takes or side with Trump remains to be seen. But in the meantime, it seems clear that Trump won’t stop fighting to show he’s the better man for the job.