Among the frequent arguments used by President Donald Trump’s critics to portray him as unfit for office is the suggestion that he is suffering from limited cognitive function.
That tactic was on display this week when 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton said she was “concerned” about the president’s mental abilities, as reported by Breitbart.
“Needling Joe Biden’s cognitive abilities”
The former secretary of State’s remark came in response to a question from MSNBC host Joy Reid during an interview that aired on Monday.
“Are you concerned based on Donald Trump’s behavior about his — you know, his needling Joe Biden’s cognitive abilities, are you concerned about Donald Trump’s?” the host asked.
Clinton responded in the affirmative, going on to describe why she does not believe he is qualified to serve as commander in chief, especially given the nation’s current challenges.
“I think anybody who has watched him over the last four years has to be concerned and particularly watched his total absence of leadership with respect to the pandemic,” she said.
As The Sun reported, Clinton’s comments came just one day after Trump’s latest Fox News Channel interview aired. In it, he bragged about his performance on a cognitive assessment test and challenged his rival, presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, to take the same examination.
“Does not seem up to the job”
Clinton also appeared on the inaugural episode of Reid’s new weeknight show, The Reid Out, after an interview with Biden.
That appearance might have contributed to lingering concerns about the former vice president’s cognitive function when critics began to highlight his latest apparent verbal gaffe.
Nevertheless, Clinton remained adamant that Trump has “failed at the most fundamental job of being a president” amid multiple national crises.
“And so, yes, I am concerned,” she said. “I’m concerned because he does not seem up to the job, he doesn’t seem capable of having the attention, the concentration, the focus, the discipline to stay with a problem like the pandemic poses.”
Of course, voters had their chance to weigh in on Clinton four years ago, and it seems doubtful her latest words will sway many voters. It will be up to the American people to determine which candidate they believe is best equipped to occupy the Oval Office for the next four years.