Joe Biden is no spring chicken, despite his constant attempts to portray himself as the fitter, more functional “old white guy” vying for the White House.
The storyline isn’t much different from one that we endured during the 2016 election, when the health of democratic nominee Hillary Clinton was the talk of the town. During that contest, Clinton was infamously scooped away from a 9/11 memorial event after suffering from a strange fainting spell that was later tied to a mystery “pneumonia” diagnosis.
For Joe Biden in 2020, however, the issue seems to be a mixed bag of concerns over his mental health, physical abilities, and overall energy levels.
Over the weekend, Biden did little to assuage these concerns, delivering a weak and tired performance full of bizarre blabbing and a good, old-fashioned coughing fit reminiscent of the aforementioned former First Lady.
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The sporadic coughs came between remarks the former vice president made criticizing President Trump over the administration’s immigration policies.
“We have 330 million Americans that have to do what this president can’t do, stand together and stand up against this god-awful situation we face with him as president. Stand up for our best, what our nation believes,” he said. “We believe in honesty, decency, treating everyone with dignity and respect, giving everyone a fair shot and leaving no one behind. And giving hate no safe harbor. Demonizing no one — not the poor, the powerless, the immigrant, the other (cough) and maybe most importantly, leading, not by the example of our power but by the power of our example as we always have.”
He continued, “Being part of something bigger than ourselves. It’s a code. It’s been the American code. It’s who we are, and President Trump does not get it (cough). America is an idea (cough,) an idea that is stronger than any army. Bigger than any ocean and more powerful than any dictator or tyrant. It gives hope to the hopeless. And not only our values under attack, our very democracy is. We’ve now learned nothing is guaranteed about democracy.”
He added, “We have to earn it. We have to protect it. We have to fight for it. The most powerful (cough) … the most powerful idea in the history of the world beats in the heart of the people in this country.”
He later referred to the current occupant of the Oval Office as “President Hump”, before claiming it was a freudian slip.
Biden has argued that, if he were to debate Donald Trump come 2020, and Trump were to question his fitness, that the former Vice President would immediately challenge his fellow septuagenarian to a push-up contest on the dais.
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