Over much of the past year there's been increased scrutiny focused on presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden's possible cognitive decline, given a series of bizarre statements, mishaps, and sometimes testy exchanges with constituents.
To our knowledge, the below televised CBS interview this week is the first time the 77-year old former VP was asked directly on a major TV network whether he's willing to submit to a "cognitive test" in order to put widespread concerns of his perceived mental decline to rest.
"Why the hell would I take a test?" Biden exploded. This was followed by a strange and somewhat nonsensical cocaine analogy, and ended with Biden once again sputtering and trying to get out simple words — a familiar pattern. In short, it didn't go well:
WATCH: Biden pushes back on cognitive test question: ‘Why the hell would I take a test?'— Yahoo News (@YahooNews) August 5, 2020
“C’mon man. That’s like saying, ‘You — before you got on this program you took a test where you’re taking cocaine or not, what do you think? Huh? Are you a junkie?’” https://t.co/zMBd4PkQg9 pic.twitter.com/Vcdsso4zxU
“C’mon man,” Biden responded to CBS Errol Barnett while other panelists looked on. “That’s like saying, ‘You — before you got on this program you took a test where you’re taking cocaine or not, what do you think? Huh? Are you a junkie?’”
And Yahoo News describes it went further downhill from there:
Barnett followed up by asking Biden what he would say to Trump, “who brags about his test and makes your mental state an issue for voters?”
“Well, if he can’t figure out the difference between an elephant and a lion, I don’t know what the hell he’s talking about,” said Biden with a laugh. “Look, c’mon man, I know you’re trying to goad me, but I’m so ... looking [forward] to have an opportunity to sit or stand with the president on the debates.”
But the question remains whether there will even be live, in-person debates.
There's been wide suspicions of a recent push by Democrats to keep Biden in his basement and avoid debating Trump altogether.
‘Strong whispers in Washington DC' of Joe Biden's cognitive decline:
According to a report in Axios this week, President Trump's personal attorney Rudy Giuliani has officially requested the additional, earlier debate for the first week in September in a Wednesday letter to the Commission on Presidential Debates.
Clearly, judging by this latest interview as well as past campaign appearances especially prior to the pandemic lockdowns, DNC insiders are likely terrified at the prospect of Biden melting down into incoherent commentary during a live debate performance.