Biden struggles mightily in remarks following COVID meetings with governors

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden struggled with his words and thoughts on a number of occasions in delivering remarks Thursday following a meeting with governors to assess their states’ needs regarding the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Clips of Biden’s remarks posted to social media appear to show him losing his train of thought and then working hard to find the right words to express himself, at times sounding incoherent.

“Thirdly, we discussed the need to help states with Title 32 funding for the National Guard. That’s a fancy way of saying governors…governors…need to be able to get funding when they dispo…when they need to…uh…em…em…uh, bring their National Guard into play,” Biden, 78, struggled in one clip.

In another, the former vice president whom the media has designated “president-elect,” appears to have difficulty remembering the Defense Production Act, which President Donald Trump invoked in August in support of his administration’s COVID-19 response.

“I’m going to — we’re going to impose the — we’re going to enforce the — excuse me, employ the defense, reconstruct the act, to be able to go out there and dictate companies build and do following things,” Biden stammers.

“We need much more testing, we need much more masking, we [unintelligible] … we need gloves. I asked them each to go, and I asked the National Governor’s Association through the governor Cuomo and the ones one the line to let us know what their shortages are,” he added.

Biden’s apparent cognitive decline since leaving the vice presidency has been a frequent topic of conversation throughout his campaign, though Democrats and some in the media have claimed it should not be a topic of discussion.

In March after Biden blew up at an autoworker in Detroit, Fox News senior political analyst Brit Hume told network host Tucker Carlson, he believed Biden’s mental capabilities were faltering.

“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 said.

“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 said.

Others who have known Biden for years made similar observations.

“It is a complete difference from what he was in 2017,” Mike McCormick, who spent 15 years as a White House stenographer, said earlier this fall. “He’s lost a step and he doesn’t seem to have the same mental acuity as he did four years ago.”

Conservative podcaster and entrepreneur Dan Bongino said in early August that insiders from Biden’s campaign were grumbling about his incoherence.

“Not a joke and not hyperbole – I’m hearing from people close to the situation that Biden’s cognitive decline is rapidly worsening and is becoming increasingly difficult to mask. The Democrats are going to have to make a decision soon,” he tweeted.

And former White House physician Ronny Jackson, now U.S. Representative-elect from Texas, who worked in the White House for three presidents including Barack Obama, said last month that while he hasn’t evaluated Biden, he has noticed some mental decline.

“As a citizen, not as a candidate running for Congress, but as a citizen of this country, I’ve watched Joe Biden on the campaign trail and I am concerned and convinced that he does not have the mental capacity, the cognitive ability, to serve as our commander-in-chief and our head of state,” Jackson told Fox News.

Jon Dougherty

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