Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden said he hadn’t taken a cognitive test, brushing off Trump’s allegations that he is not fit for the office.
In an interview by CBS News, the former vice president said to the reporter, “No, I haven’t taken a test. Why the hell would I take a test? Come on, man.”
“That’s like saying you before you got in this program, you’re taking a test whether you’re taking cocaine or not. What do you think, huh? Are you a junkie?” he continued.
Biden, who’s 77, also retaliated, attacking the 74-year-old Donald Trump saying, “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.”
He was referring to Trump’s public discussion of his own clinical tests that doctors give to elderly patients to identify early signs of dementia.
In a recent interview with Fox News, the president bragged his mental examinations to prove his mental acuity. He said it’s a sign of intellectual prowess.
The two hopeful presidents will have a series of debates from late September to October.
Do voters have the right to know the mental health of a presidential candidate?
Presidential candidates, like everyone else, have a right to medical privacy. For sure, we don’t want the public viewing our health records.
However, as a public servant – more likely a president, it is probably not fair to keep the people in the dark. Maybe it is safe to say that it’s a moral obligation of candidates to disclose their medical records for the voters to know what they’re getting into.
Voters have the right to vote, and it’s essential for them to have access to facts, just like a candidate’s views on important policies, similar with mental health.
The 2020 presidential campaign has undoubtedly full of controversies amid the coronavirus pandemic, racism issues, riots, and violence. Both gentlemen and their and loyal supporters continuously attack and criticize each other on social media and news.
Recently, many citizens, mainly republicans, want Biden to take a cognitive examination to disprove dementia allegations, following controversial interviews that he couldn’t handle.
In his defense, he said he trusts the public to decide if he’s fit in the office or not.
Here are some of his gaffes or blunders that will make you cringe.
- “COVID has taken this year, just since the outbreak, has taken more than 100 years…Look. Here’s…The lives…It’s just…I mean, think about it…More lives this year than any year in the past 100 years.” (Describing the impact of COVID-19).
- “Unlike the African American community, with notable exceptions, the Latino community is an incredibly diverse community with incredibly diverse attitudes about different things.” (During a series of interviews for a convention on Black and Hispanic journalists)
- “You go to Florida; you find a very different attitude about immigration than you do in Arizona. So, it’s a very diverse community.” (When asked by an NPR reporter regarding his plans with Cuba if elected president)
Although verbal inaccuracies don’t measure a candidate’s capabilities to run a country, voters should recognize they have a right reasoning to handle the job.
Meanwhile, President Donald Trump himself is criticized for not divulging his medical health after news broke out he suffered from a series of mini-strokes.
He, of course, denied the claims saying, “American people can be confident that this president is in remarkable good health, and every single day I see that energy.”
At this point, Joe Biden’s dementia allegations should no longer be ignored.