Donald Trump went on the attack against Joe Biden during an hour-long interview with Fox News Sunday, calling into question the presumed Democratic nominee’s mental state but refusing to go as far as to call him ‘senile.’
‘Biden can’t put two sentences together,’ Trump asserted when he was told about a new Fox News poll showing the former vice president beating Trump in November.
‘They wheel him out,’ the president continued, suggesting staged interviews. ‘He goes up – he repeats – they ask him questions. He reads a teleprompter and then he goes back into his basement.’
‘You tell me the American people want to have that in an age where we’re in trouble with other nations that are looking to do numbers on us,’ Trump said, adding that the poll numbers showing Biden winning are ‘fake.’
Trump said Biden would not be able to sit down in a one-on-one in-person interview the same way he did with Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace.
‘Let Biden sit through an interview like this, he’ll be on the ground crying for mommy,’ Trump said. ‘He’ll say, ‘Mommy, mommy, please take me home.”
Donald Trump bashed Joe Biden during an interview Sunday, calling into question the presumed Democratic nominee’s mental state and claiming he ‘can’t put two sentences together’
Trump told Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace that Biden wouldn’t be able to sit down for an interview like this. ‘Let Biden sit through an interview like this, he’ll be on the ground crying for mommy,’ Trump said. ‘He’ll say, ‘Mommy, mommy, please take me home”
Wallace told Trump that Biden had been asked on for an interview, but Trump insisted: ‘He an’t do an interview. He’s incompetent’
‘Well we’ve asked him for an interview, sir,’ Wallace revealed.
‘He can’t do an interview. He’s incompetent’ the president clapped back.
‘I’m going to ask you a direct question about Joe Biden. Is Joe Biden senile?’ Wallace, a Democrat, asked of the president.
‘I don’t want to say that,’ Trump conceded. ‘I’d say he’s not competent to be president.’
‘To be president, you have to be sharp and tough and so many other things. He doesn’t even come out of his basement,’ he said of the man he calls ‘Sleepy Joe.’
Trump is referencing Biden’s basement in Delaware, which he turned into a makeshift studio to show up for remote interviews and other virtual events as the coronavirus pandemic has sidelined the candidates to virtual campaigning.
The president finally held his first tele-rally on Friday after attempting to hold two in-person rallies in the post-coronavirus era – the first in Tulsa, Oklahoma yielding a dismal crowd of around 6,200 of the more than 19,000 stadium seats.
The other was an outdoor rally scheduled for earlier this month in New Hampshire, but it was postponed.
‘I called Michigan, I want to have a big rally in Michigan. Do you know we’re not allowed to have a rally in Michigan?’ Trump scoffed. ‘Do you know we’re not allowed to have a rally in Minnesota? Do you know we’re not allowed to have a rally in Nevada? We’re not allowed to have rallies.’
Rallies have come to a stop as states are experiencing a surge in the amount of coronavirus infections as massive nationwide Black Lives Matter protests ensued and lockdown orders began to loosen.
There are more than 3.7 million confirmed cases in the U.S., far more than any other country has reported, and the death toll has surpassed 140,000.
The death toll is only higher than other countries, Trump claims, because of the amount of testing available in the U.S.
A new Fox News poll released Sunday morning shows that 47 per cent of registered voters feel that Biden is mentally sound enough to serve as president.
On the other hand, only 43 per cent of the 1,104 respondents say Trump has the mental soundness to serve effectively in the White House.
‘Well, I’ll tell you what, let’s take a test. Let’s take a test right now. Let’s go down, Joe and I will take a test. Let him take the same test that I took,’ Trump challenged his Democratic competitor.
The poll also shows Trump behind Biden by 8 percentage points.
‘I’m not losing, because those are fake polls,’ the president insisted. ‘They were fake in 2016 and now they’re even more fake.’
Trump acknowledged to Wallace that he is a sore loser.
‘And you know why I won’t lose, because the country in the end, they’re not going to have a man who’s shot,’ he said of Bident.
‘He’s shot, he’s mentally shot,’ Trump continued. ‘Let him come out of his basement, go around, I’ll make four or five speeches a day, I’ll be interviewed by you, I’ll be interviewed by the worst killers that hate my guts. They hate my guts. There’s nothing they can ask me that I won’t give them a proper answer to. Some people will like it, some people won’t like it.’
Trump also lamented that outlets are not touting the amount of ‘enthusiasm’ his supporters have for his reelection.
‘There’s a number you don’t mention. It’s called the enthusiasm number,’ Trump said. ‘The enthusiasm for Trump is through the roof even higher than last time.’
‘The enthusiasm for Biden is nonexistent. Everyone knows he’s shot.’
‘Those people know I’m doing a good job, but there’s something in my personality that they don’t like because look, nobody’s done what I’ve done,’ he said before launching into a list of his presidential accomplishments.