Wallace corrects Brit Hume for calling Biden senile: ‘Been obvious to careful watchers for some time’

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Fox News senior political analyst Brit Hume said Sunday that Biden’s “senility” may be the only thing that prevents him from becoming president in a few weeks.

During a panel discussion on “Fox News Sunday,” host Chris Wallace asked Hume where he thought the race between Biden and President Donald Trump was just three weeks out from Election Day.

Hume didn’t hold back.

“I think he’s in a place where the only thing that might save him [Trump] would be a performance or several performances by Joe Biden in which his senility, which I think has been obvious to careful watchers for some time, becomes utterly obvious and people will begin to say, ‘Wait a minute, we really can’t have this guy in the White House,’” Hume said, before offering some debate advice to President Trump in a roundabout manner.

“I think that’s his best hope, but that means more debates…and let Biden talk, because the longer he talks, the greater the chance of it showing through are,” he added.

“That’s a very controversial view, but that’s your view, you’re entitled to it,” Wallace responded.

It wasn’t the first time that Hume made the statement about Biden’s alleged senility.

In September, Hume opined that he believed “memory problems” indicated that “senility” was “overtaking” Biden.

“That’s the kind of memory problems that people his age and indeed my age have all the time. And I think the thing that may catch up with Biden over time — even among Democrats who would otherwise be for him — is the feeling that senility is overtaking him. And I think it is,” Hume told network colleague Tucker Carlson.

In March, as it became clearer that Biden would be the Democratic Party’s nominee after big Super Tuesday wins, Hume remarked that Biden’s mental acuity appeared to be in decline.

“There are two kinds of Biden gaffes,” said Hume. “There are the kinds he’s always made, and maybe this one tonight was one of those. He’s prone to that and always has been, no big deal. But more recently we have seen cases in which he didn’t know where he was.

“Those are more disturbing because they suggest he may be non compos mentis, or at least, headed in that direction,” Hume added, using a phrase that means “not sane or in one’s right mind.”

Wallace, at the time, responded that appears with the former VP that things are “baked into the stock market,” which is to say, “I sorta feel that’s the way it is with voters and Joe Biden.”

“But how many other people voted for him tonight would agree that he’s senile? Or getting there?” Hume asked. “I think not many.”

A few weeks later, Hume doubled down during an interview on Fox News’ “Tucker Carlson Tonight” after Biden exploded at an auto worker during a campaign stop in Michigan.

That incident, combined with others in which the former vice president forget which state he was in and had trouble remembering other details, suggested to Hume that Biden, “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.

“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 added.

Others have made similar observations, including Mike McCormick, who spent 15 years as a White House stenographer. He said last month Biden’s mental acuity appears to have declined from when he worked with the former vice president between 2011 and 2017.

“It is a complete difference from what he was in 2017,” he said. “He’s lost a step and he doesn’t seem to have the same mental acuity as he did four years ago.”

That said, Biden’s wife, Jill Biden, shut down CNN host Jake Tapper during a late September interview with the “State of the Union” anchor asked about the former U.S. senator’s “gaffes.”

“Oh, you cannot even go there,” she responded. “After Donald Trump you cannot even say the word ‘gaffe.’”

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