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Biden’s mental acuity causes increasing concerns as nomination moves closer

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Republicans have claimed for months that Joe Biden’s mental acuity has been declining rapidly and that his candidacy is just placeholder for another Democrat.

Now, as the Democratic nomination inches closer, it’s not just conservatives who are concerned. Democrats and progressives are also sounding the alarm.   

Last week, Chicago progressive Laura Washington, a longtime journalist on racial issues in the city, questioned whether Biden can keep it together long enough to beat Trump.

“I watched, and sometimes cringed, at his performances in debates and other public appearances,” wrote Washington in the Chicago Sun Times. “Biden stumbled over and mangled names, facts and concepts. At times, he seemed confused.”

Washington never says the word “dementia” to identify her concern. But she doesn’t have to.

Washington posted several reader responses today that amply demonstrate that senility is at the top of the mind when watching Biden these days, amongst both Republicans and Democrats.

“It is a shame that the party of FDR, JFK and Barack Obama is nominating a senile senior when there is so much talent among its ranks,” said one Sun Times reader, who is supporting Trump.

Another criticized Biden for declining to put the matter of his senility to rest by appearing on Chris Wallace’s weekend show.

“I think Biden’s doing a little better lately, but he hasn’t been tested enough. I think taking up the challenge of being interviewed by Chris Wallace (of FOX News) would put a lot of doubts to rest, assuming he does at least pretty well,” said Kevin Coughlin.

Their concerns are nothing compared to former Secret Service agent Dan Bongino, who took to Twitter over the weekend to sound a non-partisan alarm that minced no words.  

“Not a joke and not hyperbole, I’m hearing from people close to the situation that Biden’s cognitive decline is rapidly worsening and is becoming increasingly difficult to mask,” tweeted Bongino. “The Democrats are going to have to make a decision soon.”

Biden would be the oldest first term president ever elected at age 77 if he wins.

One in ten people in the U.S. over age 65 and 44 percent of people over age 75 have Alzheimer’s dementia, which many have claimed Biden suffers from.

“In November,” warns Washington about Biden’s gaffes, mental or personal, “the nation will be choosing its next leader in a time of economic meltdown and a still raging pandemic, while also deeply involved in repairing the damage of a troubled racial legacy.”

Photo Credit: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

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    Amy Davis August 4, 2020

    If Mr.Biden has one brain cell left he should quietly bow out and release the nomination to whomever he favors for VP so the public will know who is actually running for the next President.

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