Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has sustained frequent criticism over his perceived mental acuity and cognitive ability to serve as the nation’s commander in chief, though he now appears positioned to fight back.
In a recent interview, the former vice president challenged voters to look at both him and President Donald Trump and determine for themselves which candidate is in better shape, as reported by Fox News.
“Just look at us”
Biden’s remarks came in a CNN interview this week during which he was asked about the attacks from the Trump campaign regarding his fitness.
“When it comes to Donald Trump versus me: Just look at us,” Biden said. “OK? Just look at us. Who seems to be in shape? Who’s able to move around.”
The Democratic nominee was responding directly to a range of nicknames, including “Sleepy Joe,” that the president has used throughout the campaign to describe him.
“This idea of Slow Joe, anyway,” he said. “Donald Trump, just look at us both, watch us, and determine whether or not you think I’m misleading anyone — not you personally, but the public.”
While there has yet to be a competition to determine which is the most physically fit, much of the narrative regarding Biden has surrounded a series of gaffes and misstatements that have led some to speculate that he is no longer as mentally sharp as he once was.
During a recent Fox News Channel appearance, the president said he believes Biden is “taking something” that “gives him some clarity” after a series of coherent campaign events.
Nevertheless, Biden promised his critics — including Trump — that he would prove them wrong during the final weeks of the campaign.
“Watch me,” he said in an interview with ABC News last month. “Mr. President, watch me. Look at us both. Look at us both, what we say, what we do, what we control, what we know, what kind of shape we’re in.”
As for Trump’s speculation about possible drug use, Biden dismissed it as “foolish.”
If Biden stumbles his way through upcoming debates and campaign appearances, however, voters are sure to continue asking themselves even more questions about his ability to perform the duties of the nation’s most powerful figure.