Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden said during a bizarre and at times contentious interview on Wednesday morning that he has not taken a cognitive test, despite claiming in the past that he has.
“Have you taken a cognitive test?” CBS News correspondent Errol Barnett asked.
“No, I haven’t taken a test,” Biden shot back. “Why the hell would I take a test? Come on man, that’s like saying, you, before you got in this program, if you take a test where you’re taking cocaine or not, what do you think, huh? Are you a junkie?”
“What do you say to President Trump, who brags about his test and makes your mental state an issue for voters?” the host pressed as Biden laughed.
“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,” Biden responded. “Did you watch that, look, come on man, I, I, I know you’re trying to goad me, but, I mean, I’m so forward looking to have an opportunity to sit with the president or stand with the president [in the] debates. There gonna be plenty of time, and by the way, as I joke with ‘em, you know, I, I shouldn’t say it. I’m going to say something, I probably shouldn’t say.”
Biden concluded, “Anyway, I am uh, I am very willing to let the American public judge my physical and mental fil- my physical as well as my mental fil- fitness.”
BIDEN: "No, I haven't taken a test. Why the hell would I take a test? C'mon man. That's like saying you, before you got in this program, if you take a test where you're taking cocaine or not, what do you think huh? Are you a junkie?" pic.twitter.com/f6UMPJq381
— Trump War Room – Text TRUMP to 88022 (@TrumpWarRoom) August 5, 2020
Biden’s claim that he has never taken a cognitive test comes after he stated a little more than a month ago that he was “constantly tested” for cognitive decline.
“Some have speculated that you are subject to some degree of cognitive decline,” a reporter said to Biden at the end of June. “I’m 65, I don’t have word recollection that I used to have, I forget my train of thought from time to time. You got 12 years on me, sir.”
“Have you been tested for some degree of cognitive decline?” the reporter asked.
“I’ve been tested and I’m constantly tested,” Biden responded. “Look, all you got to do is watch me, and I can hardly wait to compare my cognitive capability to the cognitive capability of the man I’m running against.”
During an interview on Tuesday, Biden’s wife, Jill Biden, appeared on Fox News where she defended her husband’s cognitive abilities.
“One of the things President Trump and his campaign have questioned is your husband’s cognitive abilities,” host Dana Perino said.
Perino then played a clip of President Donald Trump’s recent interview with Fox News anchor Chris Wallace where Trump said, “Biden can’t put two sentences together.”
“I say he’s not competent to be president,” Trump continued. “To be president, you have to be sharp and tough and so many other things. He doesn’t even come out of his basement.”
When asked about Trump’s comments, Jill Biden responded, “You know, Joe is anything but that characterization. You know we’ve been campaigning; we’ve been listening to the experts, the scientists, and the doctors, and they have told us stay home and be safe, and I think Donald Trump is really about Joe’s age right? I think there’s like two or three years difference.”