Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has spent much of the campaign enduring open speculation about his cognitive abilities and fitness to serve as commander in chief.
Among the latest to make such public criticism was Donald Trump Jr., who claimed during a recent radio interview that there is an ongoing attempt to hide Biden’s declining mental function.
“This guy’s had two brain aneurysms”
The president’s eldest son made his speculative remarks on Thursday during an on-air conversation with Breitbart Radio host Alex Marlow.
“I quote Joe Biden’s own doctor [in my book],” Trump said. “Americans don’t know that this guy’s had two brain aneurysms requiring brain surgery. The chances of being normal after one of those things is not very high. After two, it’s almost impossible.”
Trump went on to allege that his father’s general-election rival “forgets where he is on a daily basis” and “can’t remember the point that he’s trying to make.”
Biden’s frequent gaffes have fueled similar speculation in recent months, and the former vice president’s strategy of holding primarily virtual campaign events from his home in Delaware has led to additional concerns about his fitness.
“If the average American knew that the guy who wants the nuclear football actually has a real cause and effect relationship with mental deficiency, you’d start questioning it,” Trump said.
“The media would be all over it every day”
He then made the observation that Biden’s cognitive function has been subjected to relatively little mainstream media scrutiny — especially compared to what he claimed his father would receive in a similar situation.
“If Donald Trump made a Joe Bidenism, the media would be all over it every day,” he asserted. “This guy does it and they’re like, ‘Oh, he’s brilliant.'”
While he said he did not “mean to make light of mental decline,” Trump stressed the perceived importance of adequately exploring the issue in connection to a man who wants to be president.
“These are really serious things, but we’re going to give this guy the nuclear football?” he asked. “He’s going to get the codes? We’re going to trust him with your 401k and the world’s largest economy and overseeing democracy?”
While plenty of Biden’s rivals — and even some supporters — have expressed concerns about his mental acuity, Donald Trump Jr. might have voiced them in a way that will drive home to voters the importance of electing a president of sound mind.