Joe Biden calls reporter a “lying dog face” after asking if he’s been tested for cognitive decline
Joe Biden snapped at a Fox News reporter who asked if he was tested for “cognitive decline,” calling the man a “lying dog face” at a news conference on Tuesday.
The suspected Democratic nominee briefly appeared to lose his temper after being questioned about his mental acuity during a high school campaign event in his hometown of Wilmington, Delaware.
As the press conference drew to a close, the reporter raised his hand to ask one last question, before being immediately interrupted by Biden, who called him a “lying dog face.”
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Joe Biden, 77, briefly lost his temper after being questioned about his mental acuity at a campaign event in Delaware on Tuesday
A Fox News reporter wondered if he had been tested for “cognitive decline”
The reporter then continued, “I’m 65, I no longer have the word of memory that I used to have, I forget my train of thought from time to time, you’ve had 12 years on me, sir – have you been tested to some degree cognitive decline? ‘
Biden, irritated, reacted defensively and said he was “constantly tested.”
“You just have to look at me and I can hardly wait to compare my cognitive skills to the cognitive skills of the man I’m running against,” he said.
The former vice president’s mental acuity and age has become the subject of media research and a target for President Trump and his campaign, which have attempted to push the story that Biden is the one who has been confused.
Since launching his bid at the White House last April, the 77-year-old has made a series of public blunders, often stumbling over his speech or forgetting facts at campaign events or interviews.
Biden was criticized earlier this year for throwing the same insult at 21-year-old Madison Moore after asking him about his poor performance in Iowa at a meeting in Hampton, New Hampshire.
When the woman said she had never been into a caucus, Biden replied, “No, you don’t. You are a reclining pony soldier with a dog. ‘
In February, Biden named Mercer University student Madison Moore a “ reclining dog pony soldier ” after asking him a question at his Sunday event in Hampton, New Hampshire. Moore said, “It was humiliating to be called a liar on national TV by the former vice president.”
Moore later spoke out about the incident, calling the moment “demeaning” and saying that Biden was “trying to invalidate me by exposing my inexperience.”
Biden camp later said the line came from a scene in a John Wayne movie, where an Indian chief calls Wayne as a “ reclining, dog pony soldier. ”
Tuesday’s question also came after Biden attacked Trump’s own cognitive ability and criticized his approach to the corona virus crisis and the Russian premium scandal.
He said it was a “breach of duty” because he did not give a stern warning to “Vladimir, old friend” as soon as Trump was told that the intelligence agency said Russia was offering the Taliban bounties for American soldiers.
“This president is talking about cognitive skills, he’s not even cognitively aware of what’s going on,” Biden told reporters during the Q&A. “He reads or gets an explanation of important things and forgets it, or doesn’t think he needs to know.”
Joe Biden delivered a speech and answered questions in a high school in his adopted hometown of Wilmington, Delaware. Biden took on Trump for his response to the coronavirus crisis and the Russian premium scandal
Joe Biden answered reporters’ questions during the Tuesday event. Reporters wore masks and sat more than six feet apart to correct recommended social distance protocols to prevent coronavirus contraction
Biden’s main comments focused on the way Trump dealt with the coronavirus crisis, as he demanded from the President that he correct shortages of personal protective equipment for health professionals “before you hit another round of golf.”
“Remember in March when he called himself a ‘wartime president’?” Biden asked. ‘What happened? Now it is almost July and it seems that our wartime president has surrendered – wave the white flag and leave the battlefield. ‘
As coronavirus cases continue to grow around the U.S., Trump spent Saturday and Sunday at his golf club in Sterling, Virginia after canceling a planned trip to his golf course in Bedminster, New Jersey.
Biden slammed Trump for “his historic mismanagement of the greatest public health crisis in 100 years,” which continues to “kill Americans and destroy our economy.”
Biden said the American people have not made “huge sacrifices” in the past four months so Trump could waste time “with rant and late at night.”
“They didn’t make these sacrifices, so you could ignore science and turn responsible steps like wearing a mask into a political statement,” Biden said. “And they certainly didn’t do it so you could wash your hands and walk away.”
The Biden campaign released an updated COVID-19 plan leading up to the suspected Wilmington speech.
Part of it, the campaign announced, was convincing Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s leading infectious disease physician, to continue working for yet another government.
Biden also said he would tackle the crisis minutes after the November presidential election.
Minutes after being declared the winner of the election, Biden will make one of his first calls to Dr. Tony Fauci and ask him to extend his unprecedented track record to six presidents by serving one more, ”said a campaign memo. Dr. Fauci gets full access to the Oval Office and an uncensored platform to speak directly to the American people – be it good news or bad news. ‘
Joe Biden went after President Trump (pictured) to play golf. Trump spent both Saturday and Sunday at his Virginia golf club after canceling a planned trip to his facility in Bedminster, New Jersey
President Trump was photographed on Saturday at his Trump National Golf Club in Sterling, Virginia
Tuesday’s speech was the second time in a week the former vice president has come out of his basement rec room – where he holds Zoom fundraisers and campaign events – at Trump’s coronavirus crisis response and his overall behavior to pan.
It was also his first press conference in months.
Reporters in Wilmington were instructed to wear masks, and their temperatures were measured immediately prior to Biden’s appearance.
The former veep revealed he didn’t get a coronavirus test, but intended to quickly say that his staff and Secret Service agents who monitor him will be tested regularly.
“I didn’t want to replace anyone else,” Biden explained.
As soon as the Q&A kicked off, Biden was asked about his views on the news reports that Trump was told in early 2019 that Russia was offering bounties for the Taliban fighters to kill U.S. military personnel.
The White House continues to deny Trump knew about it, despite reports saying otherwise.
“So the idea that he somehow did not know or was not informed, it is dereliction of duty if that’s the case,” Biden said. “And if he was informed and nothing was done about this, it is a dereliction of duty.”
Biden then made it personal.
“I spoke to Jill, my wife Jill, and I don’t often see her getting outraged, and she started asking me,” Joe, what would you have done if Beau was still in danger and this information came out? ”
Beau Biden, who passed away in 2015, had served in Iraq.
“I’m sorry, my apologies,” when mentioning his late son.
“If he had been in Afghanistan … What do those parents think there?” Biden continued. “It is a real dereliction of duty if any of these things are true from a distance.”
“If these claims are true and he has done nothing about it, then I think the public – apart from my running – should conclude that this man is not fit to become President of the United States of America,” Biden added.
Biden also provided an update on the state of the race.
“This is the most unusual campaign I think in modern history,” Biden chuckled. “I’ll start with the premise that I’m going to follow the doctors’ instructions,” he said.
Biden explained that that meant no demonstrations.
Trump has already resumed the campaign events and has been criticized for bringing large crowds together in indoor locations and not instructing him to wear masks.
“I’d rather do it personally,” Biden said of campaigning.
He also said it is “far too early” to read too much in the polls, some of which show Biden is leading Trump double-digit nationally.
Biden is committed to participating in three debates.
President Trump’s campaign calls for more.