Former White House press officer Ari Fleischer has wondered if Joe Biden’s health is getting ‘worse’ after his latest public blunder.
Fleischer appeared on Hannity on Friday, where he was asked about the suspected Democratic nominee’s last blunder, confusing the job losses in the US with the national death toll Covid-19.
The 59-year-old, who was former press secretary to former President George W. Bush, said he wondered if Biden’s clumsy interview was just a small piece of the tongue or a sign that his health is deteriorating.
“There’s a serious element here where people know this kind of Joe Biden. The real question is, is there something going on here that is getting worse? Fleischer told guest host Jason Chaffetz.
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Ari Fleischer wondered if Joe Biden’s last blunder was just a small piece of the tongue or something more concerning
In a monologue about rising unemployment on Thursday, Biden falsely claimed that 85,000 jobs were lost in the US as a result of COVID-19, and that millions of people were killed
“Many people get confused by words, get statistics or numbers wrong. It does happen. But is this really a feature of Joe Biden that’s getting worse now or is it just a one-off event we all have sometimes? ‘
Biden stumbled through a “virtual round table” he organized Thursday afternoon, where he spoke of rising unemployment.
He falsely claimed that 85,000 jobs were lost in the US as a result of COVID-19 and millions of Americans died.
In reality, at least 85,000 Americans have died, while 36.5 million have lost their jobs.
During the interview with Fleischer, he jokingly emphasized the fact that Biden’s blunder was not due to exhaustion traveling the campaign track due to the coronavirus locks.
He also deplored the fact that the Covid-19 pandemic has denied Americans the chance to let their presidential candidates compete on the campaign trail.
“And here I regret the fact that all candidates are stuck at home,” he added.
Speaking of Hannity, Fleischer regretted the fact that the Covid-19 pandemic has denied Americans the chance to let their presidential candidates compete on the campaign trail.
“It is only right and right that the American people see these people in the middle of a campaign that tests their courage. Let’s see what Joe Biden has. Let’s see if these are just minor things. ‘
“The campaign should test that. We want all our candidates to be seen and tested. ‘
Concerns about Biden’s mental acuity have been the subject of constant debate since he launched his bid for the White House in April, following a number of blunders he made during television interviews and campaign speeches in the months that followed.
And the self-proclaimed “blunder machine” did little during his Thursday speech to alleviate that concern.
“We are … in the midst of a pandemic that has cost us more than 85,000 jobs today. Lives of millions of people. Millions of people. Millions of jobs, ”Biden gushed almost unintelligibly at the beginning of the stream.
“You know, and we are in a position where, you know, we just got a new unemployment insurance this morning, numbers – 36.5 million claims since this crisis started.
Like his other livestream events, the broadcast was also marred by technical issues and audio errors, but for the most part, Biden managed to rule the blunders.
Concerns about Biden’s mental acuity have been the subject of ongoing debate since he launched his White House bid in April
President Trump has routinely poked fun at Biden over his well-documented stumbling blocks and missteps, suggesting that the Democrat is mentally unfit to hold office.
Last week, in response to Biden working with former rival Bernie Sanders to name Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez as co-chair of a climate change panel, Trump said, ‘If you asked him who he mentioned, he wouldn’t even know … Joe has absolutely no idea what is happening. ‘
When Trump was questioned about the prospect of Biden leading the economic recovery if elected in November, Trump said, “Biden can’t. He does not know that he is alive. ‘
Another question that has been asked to Biden in recent weeks is who he will announce as his running mate for his bid for the White House in 2020.
At Thursday’s roundtable, Biden was videotaped by Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy and Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont to discuss the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.