While there has been significant debate regarding presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s cognitive state, few in the media have devoted time to exploring the issue.
Fox Business Network’s Maria Bartiromo bucked that trend on Friday, however, when she expressed disappointment in the former vice president’s family and handlers for allowing his supposed decline to be displayed daily to the world, as reported by the Washington Examiner.
“Come on, man”
Her remarks came one day after Biden took part in multiple interviews in which he uttered notable gaffes and problematic statements. At least one was deemed by some to be racially insensitive toward Black Americans.
In one case, Biden received criticism for his reaction to a reporter’s question about whether he would be willing to take a cognitive test.
“No, I haven’t taken a test,” he said. “Why the hell would I take a test? Come on, man. That’s like saying to you, before you got on this program if you had taken a test were you taking cocaine or not. What do you think, huh? Are you a junkie?”
In a subsequent exchange, he seemed to assert that Blacks are narrow-minded and have little diversity of thought within the community compared to Latinos.
During her program on Friday, the Mornings with Maria host questioned Biden’s mental fitness based on his record of misstatements and gaffes.
“It’s very sad to see”
“Frankly, I think it’s really, you know, disappointing that anybody would put him out in this condition,” Bartiromo said. “It’s very sad to see.”
Later in the discussion, she alleged that Biden displays “a gaffe every day” and diagnosed him with “a cognitive issue.”
The Fox News Channel aired a special episode of Hannity the same night during which former U.S. Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) was the guest host and led a panel discussion on the same issue.
“If he’s not in charge of his own mental capacity, who’s going to be in charge of the White House?” asked panelist Charles Hurt, Washington Times opinion editor. “Who’s going to be in charge of the nuclear football?”
Of course, Trump’s critics point to some of his remarks as evidence that he is not fit to lead. Considering that the president has had four years to prove otherwise, however, it appears that Biden is most in need to prove his naysayers wrong before Election Day.