Former President Donald Trump on Wednesday claimed during a border security event in Texas that President Biden would flunk a cognitive test.
Trump said that he “aced” his own test, administered by then-White House physician Dr. Ronny Jackson, who is now a Texas Republican congressman.
“[Jackson] did a test. Did I ace it? I aced it. And I’d like to see Biden ace it. He won’t ace it,” Trump said during a roundtable event at which he slammed Biden’s border policies.
“He will get the first two. There are 35 questions and the first two or three are pretty easy. They are the animals. This is a lion, a giraffe. When he gets to around 20, he’s gonna have a little hard time. I think he’s gonna have a hard time with the first few, actually,” Trump added.
Trump, now 75, made the 78-year-old Biden’s mental fitness a central issue in last year’s campaign, claiming that his challenger was mentally “shot” and too “sleepy” for office.
Biden on Tuesday acknowledged questions about his mental acuity, saying in Wisconsin that he’s been unfairly accused of “losing it” mentally. His detractors often cite instances where Biden appears confused or seems to lose his train of thought.
For example, Biden said last week that COVID-19 killed more Americans than all wars of the past century combined — including the US war in Iran, which never happened.
Biden lashed out at reporters last year when they asked him about Trump’s taunt that he should take a cognitive test.
In August, Biden told an African American CBS News journalist that he was outraged by the idea that he should take a test, telling the reporter it was akin to asking if he’s “a junkie,” using a term for drug users that addiction experts say is insensitive and stigmatizing.
“No, I haven’t taken a test. Why the hell would I take a test? Come on, man. That’s like saying, ‘You, before you got on this program, did you take a test where you’re taking cocaine or not? What do you think, huh? Are you a junkie?’” Biden said.
“If he can’t figure out the difference between an elephant and a lion, I don’t know what the hell he’s talking about. Did you watch that? Look, come on, man. I know you’re trying to goad me, but I mean, I’m so forward looking.”
In June 2020, Biden lashed out at a Fox News reporter who mentioned at a press conference that he personally experienced slowing mental functions at age 65. The reporter then asked Biden if he had been tested.
“You’re a lying dog face,” Biden said, apparently irked that the reporter kept asking questions, before adding that he was “constantly tested.”
“All you gotta do is watch me and I can hardly wait to compare my cognitive capability to the cognitive capability of the man I’m running against,” Biden said.