Biden Seems to Forget Trump's Name Admitting He Got Tested For Cognitive Decline
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Former Vice President Joe Biden has done little to dispel the notion many people have that he lacks the mental competency to be president.
His continued lapses of judgment and bizarre comments -- which include telling black voters they “ain’t black” -- have led some to speculate about his seemingly slipping mental acuity.
And, weirdly enough, Biden literally forgot President Donald Trump's name when he was telling reporters on Tuesday that he is "constantly tested" for cognitive decline.
“Have you been tested for some degree of cognitive decline,” Fox News’ Doug McKelway asked Biden.
“I’ve been tested, I’m constantly tested,” Biden replied. “Look, all you’ve got to do is watch me,” he added.
“I can hardly wait to compare my cognitive capability to the cognitive capability of the man I’m running against,” Biden added, seemingly forgetting Trump's name.
“The man I’m running against,” he added.
Did Biden really forget Trump’s name while literally telling reporters that his cognitive abilities are just fine?
There was a slight hesitation in his voice that made it seem like his recall was failing him and he couldn’t remember Trump’s name.
According to a new Zogby poll, a staggering 55 percent of "likely voters" said they believe Biden "is in the early stages of dementia."
“Overall, subgroups who normally approve of Trump’s job as president were the most likely to believe Biden could be suffering from dementia,” the poll found. “Thus, majorities of Republicans (77% more likely/23% less likely) and Independents (56% more likely/44% less likely) thought Joe Biden had early-onset dementia; while nearly a third of Democrats (32% more likely/68% less likely) thought this was the case.”
“At the same time, some important subgroups did not believe the vice president was exhibiting a declining mental capacity. While a majority of men (60% more likely/40% less likely) thought it this was likely, women (50% more likely/50% less likely) were less likely to think that the vice president was in the early stages of dementia,” Zogby International wrote.
There was also an inverse relationship in the data between age and the likelihood of voters believing Biden had early-onset dementia, for example; as the age of voters increased the likelihood of voters believing Biden was exhibiting early-onset dementia decreased. Younger voters aged 18-24 (60% more likely/40% less likely) and 18-29 (59% more likely/41% less likely) were more likely to believe Biden had dementia than older voters aged 65+ (50% more likely/50% less likely).
Likely voters living in medium-sized cities (61% more likely/39% less likely) were more likely to believe Biden had dementia than voters living in the suburbs (52% more likely/48% less likely) and large cities (55% more likely/45% less likely). Suburban women (49% more likely/51% less likely) did not think Biden was mentally slipping but men living in urban areas (62% more likely/38% less likely) believed so.
Biden's campaign also appears to be trying to limit the former VP from interviews and public appearances to protect him from making a gaffe and embarrassing comment.
“Allies to Joe Biden have been floating the idea of altering the former vice president’s schedule in an effort to reduce the gaffes he has made in recent days,” reports The Hill. “The allies, growing increasingly nervous about Biden’s verbal flubs, have said it’s an approach that’s been suggested to campaign officials on the heels of the former vice president’s stumbles.”
“He needs to be a strong force on the campaign trail, but he also has to pace himself,” said an insider.
“I think you’ll see the same schedule and maybe, even more, Joe Biden,” an ally to Biden said. “Everyone wants to see Joe Biden be Joe Biden. If he’s held back in any way, that’s almost the antithesis of who he is.”