Biden snaps at question on cognitive test, likens it to asking reporter if he’s ‘a junkie’

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Biden snaps at question on cognitive test, likens it to asking reporter if he’s ‘a junkie’
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Biden snaps at question on cognitive test, likens it to asking reporter if he’s ‘a junkie’
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Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden clarified in a feisty interview moment that he’s never taken a cognitive test amid repeated attacks by President Trump on the 77-year-old former vice president’s mental stamina.

“No, I haven’t taken a test. Why the hell would I take a test?” Biden answered, in an interview scheduled to air Thursday at the convention of the National Association of Black Journalists and National Association of Hispanic Journalists. Biden was asked if he had taken a test for cognitive decline.

“Come on, man. That’s like saying you, before you got on this program, you take a test where you’re taking cocaine or not. What do you think? Huh? Are you a junkie?” the former vice president shot back, turning the question back around on CBS News reporter Errol Barnett, who is Black. The former vice president chuckled as he finished his response.

Trump campaign rapid response director Andrew Clark – in an email to reporters and in a tweet – quickly highlighted Biden’s response, which he described as “Brutal.”

Asked for a response to the attention surrounding the clip, a Biden official told Fox News: “It was a preposterous question deserving of a response that showed the absurdity of it all.”

At a news conference in June, when Fox News’ Doug McKelway asked if he’d been tested for his mental acuity, Biden responded that he’s “been tested and I’m constantly tested.” Biden’s advisers later clarified that the former vice president was referring to the everyday rigors of a presidential general election campaign.

For months, the president and his allies have pointed to Biden’s verbal gaffes and questioned whether he’s lost his mental sharpness and whether the former vice president has the stamina to serve as the nation’s commander in chief.

The president in May charged that Biden’s “not mentally sharp enough to be president” and that the former vice president “doesn’t know he’s alive,” in an interview with WJLA-TV.

And during a June interview with Fox News, Trump claimed that “Joe’s not all there. Everybody knows it. And it’s sad when you look at it and you see it.”

You can read the rest of Paul Steinhauser’s article at FoxNews.com

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