[guest post by Dana]
As the campaign heats up, Trump has adopted a strategy of attacking Joe Biden’s mental and physical capabilities. Not only is Trump going after Biden, he has also “instructed his advisers to attack Biden over his mental acuity” as well. Yet, as Trump punches back at videos which show him having difficulty in walking down a ramp, and holding a bottle (and cup) of water, his efforts only bring up questions about his own faculties. Anyway, I have no trouble believing this actually happened because it lines up with who we know Trump to be. It absolutely reflects what we’ve already seen and heard with our own eyes and ears:
The early June meeting in the Cabinet Room was intended as a general update on President Trump’s reelection campaign, but the president had other topics on his mind.
Trump had taken a cognitive screening test as part of his 2018 physical, and now, more than two years later, he brought up the 10-minute exam. He waxed on about how he’d dazzled the proctors with his stellar performance, according to two people familiar with his comments. He walked the room of about two dozen White House and reelection officials through some of the questions he said he’d aced, such as being able to repeat five words in order.
…Trump said he thought presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden would never be able to pass it and suggested challenging him to take the test, said the people familiar with Trump’s comments, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to share private details.
At Saturday’s rally in Tulsa, the president actually took 14 minutes defending both his slow walk down the ramp at West Point and his ability to lift a glass of water. He then backed up the latter defense by…lifting a glass of water and taking a sip. Other than firing up his base with righteous indignation and subsequent huzzahs for their persecuted hero, this really isn’t helping Trump the way he thinks it is. Because Biden is holed up in his basement due to Covid-19 concerns, his lack of in-person appearances all but guarantees him protection from his usual foot-in-mouth public gaffes and stumbles. All he has to do is shut-up and wait for Trump to step in it and do the work for him. And in this, Trump delivers.