Former President Donald Trump, the only US President to be impeached twice by the House of Representatives (via BBC), continues to make baseless claims about President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris.
In a recent interview with conservative publication Newsmax, Trump offered a series of ableist comments on Joe Biden’s recent fall. He said, “I expected it, actually. When I went down the ramp at West Point, which was like a sheet of ice with no railing, no nothing — great planning — I wanted to go inch by inch because the last thing I want to do is take a tumble like Biden did. Now that tumble was terrible and it wasn’t really one, it was three” (via NY Post).
The reality star, who failed to win his second stab at the presidency in 2020, continued in this vein for some time. He added, “There’s something going on, it’s crazy. What’s happening is crazy and you wonder whether or not all of the things that he’s signing, whether or not he understands what he’s signing.”
What Trump is actually insinuating harkens back to his accusations during his last campaign. He predicts the Democratic party will, and has always planned, to use the 25th Amendment to replace President Biden with Vice President Kamala Harris, due to cognitive decline.
Joe Biden's stutter may impact perceptions of his cognitive health
Of course, Donald Trump is speaking without any actual knowledge of the President’s health, as he is neither a close friend or a health professional. He went on to speculate that the reason the President recently referred to Vice-President Harris as “President Harris” (via The White House) may be due to cognitive decline, but the slip of the tongue only furthered the former POTUS’ argument (via NY Post).
Trump repeatedly offered his perceptions of President Biden’s mental state throughout the 2020 campaign, prompting articles and interviews about the President’s stutter and how it may or may not impact how he speaks. Last year, journalist Isaac Bailey wrote about his own experience battling a stutter for Nieman Reports, and noted that journalists and reporters have a responsibility to try to understand the disorder, especially as it applies to President Biden.
“That means sometimes asking uncomfortable questions, even about a candidate’s mental health. But there is a responsible way to do it. And it can’t be done if journalists aren’t willing to educate themselves about Biden’s lifelong speaking struggle, which can be done by interviewing speech therapists who specialize in stuttering.”
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