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Democrat presidential nominee Joe Biden’s performance during an interview late Thursday on CNN captured plenty of attention, but for all the wrong reasons.
Speaking with CNN host Anderson Cooper, the Democrat nominee continuously stared off-screen, almost as if he was reading talking points from a script.
Watch (*Cringe warning):
Joe Biden is clearly reading from a script while struggling to get through this interview with Anderson Cooper pic.twitter.com/PsD7vBLIik
— Tristan Justice (@JusticeTristan) August 27, 2020
While it’s possible that he may have simply been staring off into space as he spoke, that wasn’t the impression gleaned by critics, including former acting Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell and Fox News host Laura Ingraham.
— Richard Grenell (@RichardGrenell) August 27, 2020
Imagine if one of these anchors showed 1/100th of the hostility toward Biden as they do to anyone associated with Trump. https://t.co/bfC5xY1GFQ
— Laura Ingraham (@IngrahamAngle) August 27, 2020
Ingraham’s point was that Biden would likely melt like wax if he were challenged by the same sort of hard-hitting “gotcha'” questions that are routinely aimed by the media at President Donald Trump and anyone linked to him.
See more criticism/observations below:
Has has spoken to cameras for years. He knows to look at a camera to get his message more firm on the eyes of the viewer. He can’t. He has to read the bullet points his handlers presented to him in order to muddle through the interview.
— NathanThurm_esq (@NathanthurmE) August 27, 2020
plus it is so evident, when he looks at the side, he looks like when you are reading from a script.
If I was more sarcastic I would say you could see the strings above him.
— JP #DoUntoOthersAsYouWouldHaveThemDoUnto (@pazja07) August 27, 2020
Not only does he struggle, it he genuinely seems like he doesn’t want to do this
— King Leonidas Renaud (@Leonidas_Renald) August 27, 2020
Guaranteed he is getting the questions given to him prior to the interview and someone wrote the script for him to answer. If I recall they did something similar with Hillary in 16. There is no way he can handle a debate.
— Mark Dych (@MarkDIU10) August 27, 2020
Its like someone is typing the info out for him to read. Unbelievable!
— Kathy Shrader (@kathy_shrader) August 27, 2020
Not only reading his answers but those answers are generalized with no substance to them, just “I’ll solve it!” with no analysis at all.
— Phillipa Coleman (@ColemanPhillipa) August 27, 2020
They can try and lie but the debates there is NO Script to read from!
— Ginasd (@Ginasd6) August 27, 2020
This is why they can’t allow him to debate.
— Libertarian Film (@libertarianfilm) August 27, 2020
The latter two tweets referenced the growing push among Democrats to stop Biden from debating the president.
“Democrats operatives are starting a drumbeat to jump the three presidential debates, or at best, have just one very, very short one. This tells you all you need to know about what Democrat insiders really think about the mental acuity of the prospective presidential nominee, Joe Biden,” Steve Forbes reported earlier this month.
As the rumors began to emerge, “reporters” at CNN predictably dismissed them as a conspiracy theory:
— Tim Pool (@Timcast) August 27, 2020
Yet on Wednesday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, one of the most powerful Democrat politician figures in the country, joined the call.
“Don’t tell anybody I told you this. Especially don’t tell Joe Biden. But I don’t think there should be any debates,” she said during her weekly press briefing.
And so it begins.
PELOSI: “Don’t tell anybody I told you this.. Especially don’t tell Joe Biden. But I don’t think there should be any debates.”
There it is.pic.twitter.com/Pai38GVJNy
— Jason Howerton (@jason_howerton) August 27, 2020
While she claimed that she simply felt Biden shouldn’t “legitimize a conversation” with the president of the United States, critics are confident the desire among Democrats to not see Biden debate is rooted in his failing cognitive abilities. His performance while speaking with Cooper only strengthened this confidence.
That being said, critics also expressed anger at Cooper — and the innumerable others just like him in the media — who’ve refused to harshly interrogate Biden and hold him accountable like they’re always eager to do when dealing with the president.
@andersoncooper is an embarrassment to journalism and cable news.
— Todd Headlee (@ToddHeadleeAZ) August 27, 2020
Part of the day in the life. Anderson could have been a serious journalist but alas he’s just an advocate.
Journalists at CNN have a short shelf life.
— BigBrothersKeeper (@BIGBROTHERSMUSE) August 27, 2020
Grenell, Anderson team looks like they gave the questions to Biden team already..so it’s a team effort from CNN with Biden team.
— Sri (@ViraatianSK) August 27, 2020
Embarrassing and not surprising, they have been carrying water for the Dems for decades. I can guarantee he wouldn’t be so cordial with Trump, it would be condescending and combative.
— CapitalCajun (@CapitalCajun) August 28, 2020
Embarrassing..or shameful…A360 just plays the bias political game now..I remember when I sincerely thought of him as a reliable source..silly me! Anyone that loves @joeBiden should care too much to support this!
— Virginia Sample (@vsample19) August 27, 2020
During the same interview with Cooper, Biden also confused non-fatal Kenosha police shooting “victim” Jacob Blake with alleged Kenosha shooter Kyle Rittenhouse.
Joe Biden just confused Jacob Blake with 17 year old Kyle Rittenhouse… pic.twitter.com/QAnp6pO75K
— Kelb Hull (@CalebJHull) August 27, 2020