CNN's Stelter Suggests That Biden Is Mentally Fit Because He Can Ride a Bicycle
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On Sunday, far-left CNN host Brian Stelter tried arguing that former Vice President and 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden is cognitively capable of being president because he can ride a bike.
During the segment, Stelter played clips from prominent conservative voices like Ben Shapiro, Michael Savage, Mark Levin, and Rush Limbaugh who had all questioned Biden's mental fitness for office.
Stelter took the clips way out of context and tried portraying the conservatives as crazy for suggesting that Biden's cognitive abilities were on the decline.
“Fox’s narrative and talk radio’s narrative for months has been that Joe Biden is falling apart. You just heard Ben Shapiro say it, falling apart,” Stelter said. “And there he is riding a bike, out for a bike ride. And Fox, of all networks, is the one that showed it happen.”
WATCH the clip below:
Stelter immediately received harsh criticism on Twitter for his bizarre claim that being able to ride a bike makes someone qualified to be president.
“I’m sorry, but ‘Biden rode a bike!’ is not a good comeback to ‘Biden is falling apart.’ My son also rides a bike. He is four, and not qualified to be president,” said Ben Shapiro.
He later followed up with a GIF of Pee Wee Herman riding a bike, “Look, look, he’s fine, he’s riding a bike!”
Read the transcript below of Stelter's comments:
CNN’s BRIAN STELTER: Let’s go on a trip together to a totally alternative universe. You never hear what’s happening there unless you tune into right-wing talk radio, but you need to know what they are saying because the most popular, most powerful talkers in the country have trained their sights on Joe Biden. What you are about to hear them say is mind-boggling. Look, whether you like Biden or not, this stuff is offensive and other-worldly.
So, let me set the stage for this before I play the clips. Keep in mind that news and talk radio is still really popular, even in the Internet age. Guys like Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity can influences tens of millions of listeners. And as this HuffPost headline pointed out earlier this year, talk radio stars were shopping dangerous claims about the coronavirus. They were downplaying its severity.
But now-a-days, if you listen to those shows, you hardly hear about COVID at all. They have shifted to big-time Biden-bashing instead. You know what this is? This is negative partisanship in action. So, what’s negative partisanship? Well, these researchers from Emory University define it as a pretty simple concept. They say in this article for Politico Magazine that over the past few decades, American politics has become like a bitter sports rivalry in which the parties hang together mainly out of sheer hatred of the other team, rather than a shared sense of purpose. The researchers showed that partisans, meaning strong supporters of a specific party, have grown to dislike the opposing party “more than they like their own party.”
So, when the president, for example, says that Biden is “against God,” that’s negative partisanship. It is so hateful. But I want to be clear, there’s a lot of negative partisanship that happens on the Left as well. Disdain and nastiness directed at the Right. This is happening in all directions, but it is especially extreme, especially vitriolic on the Right, directed at Joe Biden. And directed at other Democrats right now. We see it all the time on Fox News, a channel that often seems more anti-Democrat than pro-Trump. These shows are the pro-Trump media, but they have so much venom toward the Democrats, they use that to distract from Trump’s failures. Some of the commentary on the radio is even worse. That’s why this week our producing team listened to these right-wing radio shows, took them seriously, tried to get a sense of what they are saying about Biden because they’re barely talking about COVID anymore. They’re all focused on Biden. This stuff is outrageous, but it does impact the campaign.
RUSH LIMBAUGH: The contrast and knowledge of events and issues, mental acuity, the contrast between Trump and Biden is striking. It’s why they’re keeping Biden in the basement.
MARK LEVIN: I actually don’t believe Joe Biden is working out of his house. I believe he’s working out of a nursing home or an assisted living home, because that’s what he needs.
BEN SHAPIRO: The big problem for Joe Biden is that he is falling apart. He’s just falling apart.
MICHAEL SAVAGE: He’s not really running for the office. It’s the communist that he picks as his number two who will be running America within three months after he gets sent to the long, long rest he has worked for all of his life. You know, a blanket over his hips, around the clock suites, around the clock care. The man needs the care right now. I pity the man.
STELTER: Fox’s narrative and talk radio’s narrative for months has been that Joe Biden is falling apart. You just heard Ben Shapiro say it, falling apart. And there he is riding a bike, out for a bike ride. And Fox, of all networks, is the one that showed it happen. Look, we are going to see negative partisanship fuel the next three months. The last three months of this never-ending campaign. It is a key part of what is going on. Is a potion, an ugly potion that’s only, only getting worse.
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