Fox News’ Brit Hume thinks former Vice President Joe Biden is a “genuinely nice guy” but there is “something new” about him that doesn’t bode well for Democrats.
The Fox News senior political analyst spoke on “Tucker Carlson Tonight” Tuesday about the 77-year-old former senator’s many infamous gaffes during his 2020 presidential campaign, but noted that his recent memory losses and confrontational outbursts suggest something more is unfolding.
(Source: Fox News)
“I’ve known him a long time, and he can sometimes work himself up into kind of a passion in speeches and so on when he was arguing about issues and so on in a debate,” Hume told host Tucker Carlson, speaking just days after Fox News media analyst Howard Kurtz called him out for suggesting Biden is becoming senile.
“But I don’t remember him exploding at voters like he did in this incident today, and hurling profanity the way he did, telling the guy he was ‘full of spit,’ except he didn’t say ‘spit’. That’s something new,” Hume added, referring to an incident in Michigan where he was seen shouting at an autoworker at a campaign stop over gun control.
A now-viral video clip showed Biden in a heated debate about gun ownership with an auto worker while he was visiting a Detroit manufacturing plant on Tuesday.
Finger-pointing Joe Biden gets in Mich auto worker’s face in hot gun debate: ‘You’re full of s**t’ https://t.co/ZGmZWyfq0B
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) March 10, 2020
“You’re full of sh**,” the 2020 hopeful responded to the man who had confronted him about his Second Amendment rights. Biden also appeared to “shush” an aide and after pointing his finger repeatedly at the auto worker, speaking about “AR-14’s,” he told the man, “don’t be such a horse’s ass.”
Hume noted that “there are a number of things that are new” about the 2020 Democratic contender, even in light of his long history of gaffes.
“If you’ve known him long enough, you kind of get used to that and you think they’re kind of funny and they’re just part of who he is and they’re kind of harmless,” Hume said.
“More recently, however, he’s begun to forget things,” Hume added. “He didn’t know what state he’s in, he couldn’t remember where he was when he met the Parkland [Florida] students, when he said he was in the White House, long after he’d been out of the White House.”
Hume contended that Biden’s latest behavior suggests that he, “like many people his age, is losing his memory, and is getting senile.”
“I don’t think there’s any doubt about it,” Hume said. “I have traces of this myself. I know what it feels like. Sometimes you’re confused, sometimes you can’t remember, ‘What are you supposed to do the next morning?’ — and I’m not running for president and it’s probably a good thing I’m not.”
He cautioned about a “danger” ahead for Biden and Democrats if the issues persist.
“I think that over time, the danger for him and for his party is that he may say something that’s so outlandish and so suggestive that his cognitive faculties have failed him, that Democratic voters are going to say, ‘Oh, my Lord, what have we got here?’” Hume said.
He noted that the warning signs may be lost on Democratic voters and officials who have been focused on just challenging Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and keeping him from securing the nomination while dismissing the problems with Biden.
“Under the pressures of a campaign” Hume added, “who knows what will happen.”
Kurtz, the Fox News host of “Media Buzz,” took direct aim at his colleagues, Hume and Marc Thiessen for comments about Biden’s mental capacities.
“Certainly he’s forgetful with his memory lapses and you can question his performance,” he said, arguing that making the diagnosis was going too far.
Hannity fires back at Howie Kurtz for shaming fellow Fox News hosts https://t.co/Ub4r7N52x9
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) March 9, 2020
“Thanks, but no thanks for the for lectures,” Fox News host Sean Hannity fired back at Kurtz in a series of tweets after the comments.
Outspoken conservative actor James Woods has recently presented an eyebrow-raising theory on Hillary Clinton becoming Biden’s running mate.
Woods suggested that the twice-failed presidential candidate who doesn’t seem to go away could be tapped as Biden’s running mate, allowing her the perfect perch from which to fulfill her White House dream when Biden “will eventually ‘gracefully’ resign as his dementia worsens.”
This is absolutely the plan by these savages at the DNC: prop Joe Biden up while he struggles with dementia until the convention. Stick Hillary on him (VP) like a sucker fish until the election. She takes over 30 days in. pic.twitter.com/HgGM13z3El
— James Woods (@RealJamesWoods) March 8, 2020
John Sununu, the former White House Chief of Staff to President George H. W. Bush, seemed to agree, telling Fox News that he thinks Clinton is “angling to be the vice-presidential nominee.”
“And if Biden begins to fall apart even more than he has fallen apart with his gaffes to date, the party is desperately going to be looking for a third alternative and that’s what she is counting on — either being the alternative at the top of the ticket or being the alternative as number two,” he said.
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