The Trump campaign is now using the hashtag #BarelyThereBiden… and it's quickly catching on in the world of social media!
Joe Biden appeared on ABC News Live and appeared to struggle reading the teleprompter.
Many viewers called the appearance "awkward" and "uncomfortable."
The Trump re-election campaign turned the clip into a social media ad with NO editing whatsoever.
The 30 second clip simply shows Biden barely getting through words, stopping himself mid-sentence, and apparently forgetting what he was talking about.
No wonder the Trump team used the phrase #BarelyThereBiden.
See the awkward fumbling for yourself!
The Trump campaign is really leaning into the hashtag #BarelyThereBiden.
In fact, many political observers are eager to see what a debate between a fiery Trump and a sleepy Biden would look like.
A new poll shows that up to 40 percent of Americans "think Joe Biden has dementia and 61 percent think he should publicly address it."
According to The Sun:
Most voters surveyed in the Rasmussen poll, released on Monday, think that Biden is suffering from cognitive decline — and think he should address the issue publicly heading into Election Day.
The poll, conducted via telephone and online, surveyed 1,000 likely voters from Thursday to Saturday and has a sampling error margin of +/- three percentage points.
The voters said that based on what they've "seen and read," 48 percent don't believe he has dementia, while 14 percent said they aren't sure.
Per Rasmussen, 20 percent of Democratic voters believe he has dementia — while 66 percent of Republicans, along with 30 percent of voters that didn't identify with a major party, believed that, too.
"Dementia," as defined by the Mayo Clinic, "describes a group of symptoms affecting memory, thinking, and social abilities severely enough to interfere with your daily life."
"It isn't a specific disease, but several different diseases may cause dementia."
Rasmussen said they "did not define 'dementia' in its questions" as they polled voters.
Per the poll, 61 percent of voters think it's "important" for Biden to address the mental health concerns to the public, while 41 percent say it's "very important."
Another 36 percent said they feel it's "not important" for Biden to do so, and another 19 percent said it's "not at all important."
Rasmussen cited a previous poll from February that found 86 percent of voters think a candidate's health is important in order to get their vote, while 56 percent felt "all major presidential candidates should release at least their most recent medical records to the public."
Men were found to be more likely than women to believe Biden has some form of dementia.
The President of the United States is the most powerful person of the world.
If Joe Biden is suffering from some sort of mental decline, then the American people need to know before casting their vote.
Biden's campaign stands firm behind the assertion that Biden is mentally stable.
But his appearances have lead many to question his mental acuity.
Many political observers have noted that Biden has been largely out of site, especially since the COVID-19 pandemic began spreading.
But many are now believing this is a strategy to hide his mental shortcomings.
The National Review has more details on the strategies of dementia politics:
Joe Biden is tragically suffering a mental eclipse and sliding away at a geometric rate. Understandably, his handlers have kept him out of sight. He stays off the campaign trail on the pretext of the virus and his age-related susceptibility to COVID-19 morbidity.
I say “pretext” without apology. Quarantine should not have otherwise stopped Biden over the past three months from doing daily interviews, speeches, and meetings. But each occasion, however scripted, rehearsed, and canned, would only have offered further daily proof that Biden is cognitively unable to be president or indeed to hold any office.
Often Biden cannot finish a sentence. Names are vague eddies in his mind’s river of forgetfulness. He is in a far more dire mental state than a physically failing FDR was in his 1944 campaign for a fourth term.
The earlier career of a healthy Biden illustrates that he was not especially sharp even when in control of most of his faculties. We recall the former sane/nutty Biden of Neal Kinnock plagiarism, his “put y’all in chains” demagoguery, the studied racism of Biden’s riffs about a “clean” and well-spoken Obama, and the sane/insane Corn Pop stories. All are the trademark of a once fool Joe Biden, who was at least alert when compared with his current catalepsy. If Donald Trump can be ungrammatical, Biden is agrammatical — he simply streams together half-thoughts without syntax and then abandons the sentence entirely.
If Trump repeats vocabulary, Biden increasingly searches for words, any noun, whatever its irrelevance to the point he is making. Biden seems to suffer dyscognitive seizures, in which for moments he has no idea what he is doing or saying or where he is — a tragic, nearly epileptic condition. In scary episodes, the pale, scaly, and frozen visage of Biden appears almost reptilian, like a lizard freezing and remaining stationary as it struggles to process signals of perceived danger.
Inserting memorized answers into rehearsed questions, as if the entire con was spontaneous, only reveals how his once episodic dementia has become chronic as he loses his prompt and place. It was understandable that his handlers saw opportunity in secluding Biden during Trump’s tweeting, alongside the contagion, the lockdown, the recession, and the rioting that in voters’ minds had equated fear of chaos with the culpability of the current commander in chief.
But there were always problems with placing Biden in suspended animation in his basement, even as he seemingly surged ahead of Trump in the early-summer polls.
One, seclusion, quiet, and the absence of intellectual stimuli often only enhance dementia, while travel, conversation, and new imagery and experiences tend to unclog for a bit the congested neuron pathways. The more Biden “rests up,” the more he seems to be non compos mentis in his rare staged interviews. His brain is like a flabby muscle, and restful disuse does not make it firmer.
Two, in theory there should be a shelf life to a virtual presidential candidate. True, Biden has climbed in the polls, as the public never sees or hears him — in the manner that an unpopular lame-duck Obama disappeared to the golf courses and retreats in 2016 and yielded the media spotlight to the dog and cat fighting between Trump and Clinton. Obama then discovered that the more he retreated from the public eye, the more the public liked the old idea, rather than the current reality, of him.
The real test for Biden will be surviving a 1-1 televised debate with President Trump.
Biden's campaign announced last week that they have committed to the standard 3 presidential debates.
When those debates come around, all eyes will be on Joe Biden's performance.