President Joe Biden was elected in November despite months of frequently uttering bizarre statements and making embarrassing gaffes on the campaign trail.
After his inauguration in January, however, his error-prone behavior has not diminished, as Fox News Channel personality Sean Hannity exposed in a video clip showing the president struggling to unmute himself during a recent teleconference.
“Things are only getting worse”
Throughout the 2020 presidential cycle, the Democratic nominee was widely criticized for incidents including his apparent inability to describe what state he was in or which public office to which he hoped to be elected.
Hannity, for his part, devoted a segment of his broadcast on Wednesday evening to airing footage from a Zoom call he described as “the latest example” of Biden’s supposed cognitive decline. Last month, Hannity called attention to the president’s behavior, asking viewers to consider “who’s really in charge” at the White House.
“Tonight, things are only getting worse,” the host said, introducing the clip. As the footage revealed, Biden was seen speaking while an off-camera voice appeared to inform him that his microphone had been placed on mute.
“Am I muted?” the president asked twice before the problem was corrected. It soon became clear, however, that it would not be the only technical difficulty he would experience during the call.
“When I became vice president — leave that alone, guys, OK?” he said a short time later. “Um, tell them not to move that, all right? I — I’m having troubles here, OK?”
“God help us”
Hannity was clear in his determination that the American people should be concerned about a president who behaves in such a manner on a regular basis.
“That’s the guy that’s tasked with the hardest job in the world, running, let’s see, the entire free world and the greatest country God ever gave man,” he told his audience. “God help us.”
Of course, Hannity is far from the only pundit to express such misgivings. During the same broadcast, the Fox host spoke to U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) and conservative commentator Dan Bongino to gauge their reaction to the incident.
Bongino asserted that the president’s handlers want to see “everything scripted all the time” because they doubt he has “the capacity” to answer unscripted questions.
Gaetz offered a similar assessment, noting that “Democrats on the House Armed Services Committee have actually sought to democratize” the nuclear codes in Biden’s possession so that he “would not have the authority to launch a first strike in his current condition.”