Last summer, Joe Biden’s embarrassing gaffes were adding up, and even left-wing media outlets like the Washington Post started fact-checking the veracity of stories he’d tell during stump speeches. Questions began to be asked out in the open in Democrat/media circles about Biden’s age and health.
CNN’s Jake Tapper alluded to it in response to a thread done by former Harry Reid deputy chief of staff Adam Jentleson noting the number of flubs Biden had made in recent weeks:
We’re starting to hear more Democrats publicly expressing doubts like this one about Biden. He’s been gaffe-prone for much of his career so presumably they think this is something else. https://t.co/jXXThBEryu
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) August 9, 2019
Biden’s penchant for these types of mistakes had gotten so bad that President Trump was calling him out on it, Biden’s allies were pushing to scale back campaign appearances, and articles were written about the mental acuity questions. His physician even talked to Politico to assure people that Biden was “every bit as sharp as he was 31 years ago. I haven’t seen any change.”
Fast forward to now. Biden’s still a gaffe machine and again raising alarm bells with how he forgets things. All of a sudden, the same people wondering last year about Biden’s age and health don’t seem to be interested in discussing the issue anymore:
Notice no concern in the Democrat Party-press this morning about Joe Biden’s mental health. Where’s Dr. Lee? Where are all the CNN and MSNBC pundits? What about the prospect of triggering the 25th amendment should he win? Such frauds. Unfree press.
— Mark R. Levin (@marklevinshow) March 4, 2020
Knowing how the media and Democrats operate, the likely reason is that Biden won in South Carolina and had a big night on Super Tuesday. All of a sudden, Biden – the preferred candidate of establishment Democrats, well-known media figures, and Never Trumpers – now looks like a winner in those circles.
Because of that, they must protect their candidate from uncomfortable scrutiny.
“It seems like if you’re a Democrat in this country, your choice right now looks to be a socialist who is a communist sympathizer or Joe Biden, who I think a lot of folks legitimately, Ed, question his cognitive function in many cases,” [Lara Trump] said, addressing Fox News’s Ed Henry.
The campaign adviser, who is married to Trump’s son, Eric Trump, said she feels “nervous” when he goes to speak “that he’s not going to be able to coherently string a sentence together.”
“And if I feel that way, I think Democrat voters out there probably feel very nervous about him,” she added, citing a time when he forgot what state he was in and when he asked for support on “Super Thursday.”
— America's Newsroom (@AmericaNewsroom) March 4, 2020
On the flip side of this, the Sanders campaign is denying any knowledge of a mysterious memo that circulated on social media websites overnight on behalf of Sanders, and which referenced Biden’s “obvious cognitive decline.”
Sanders’ comms guy Mike Caspa told Newsweek it wasn’t theirs. “That’s not a real document,” he claimed.
Because Trump and his surrogates are not backing down on putting the issue back into the spotlight, Democrats like Clintonista Joe Lockhart are acting offended:
Over the past few days several members of the Trump family have raised questions about Biden’s fitness. Given that, it’s fair game to make an issue of the Presidents fitness to hold office. We should demand he release all medical records and undergo a psych and drug test
— Joe Lockhart (@joelockhart) March 4, 2020
Oh really? Like Democrats haven’t gone down that road before by doing things like bringing in Yale psychiatry professor Bandy Lee to brief members of Congress on her opinions about Trump’s mental health:
You guys have been questioning Trump's mental health since day one. Stuff it. https://t.co/vHdrVrsq37
— Sister Toldjah Le Pew ? (@sistertoldjah) March 4, 2020
Let’s also not forget the role the mainstream media has played in “diagnosing” Trump’s mental health from afar:
Looking forward to noted mental health expert @brianstelter explaining away @JoeBiden gaffe prone, unanchored, confused ramblings for the next nine months after pearl clutching over Trump’s ‘mental stability’ for the last three years. Fun!
— Brother Seamus (@WaynePelota) March 4, 2020
As the primary season wears on, Joe Biden is going to continue to do Joe Biden things. And if he ends up
being awarded with winning the nomination, an even brighter spotlight will be shining on him when he goes off-script, regardless of how much the media tries to avoid the issue.
This is what happens after 3+ years of questioning someone’s mental fitness to lead. You can’t expect people not to turn those types of attacks back around on those who made them.
— Stacey Matthews has also written under the pseudonym “Sister Toldjah” and can be reached via Twitter. —DONATE
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