It must be getting more difficult for Fox News to manufacture scandals that they can attribute to President Biden and other Democrats and to be appalled by. The ones they are coming up with these days are achieving a degree of inanity that exceeds there wildest previous efforts. It’s hard to know whether we should congratulate them, or pity them.
On Monday morning’s episode of “Mornings with Maria Bartiromo,” Fox’s Senior Trump-Fluffer interviewed a Republican congressman, Richard McCormick, in a segment that sought to disparage the President for his having had the gall to advance in age. It’s the only matter on which they are able to criticize him, considering his historic record in job creation, his leadership of a booming economy, the respect he’s garnered for his international diplomacy, and his support for a broadly popular agenda that includes fighting for reproductive choice, expanding voting rights, and taxing the rich. Meanwhile, Fox News is focusing on malarkey like this…
The interview was a typically substanceless Fox News assault Biden until Bartiromo got around to a favorite subject on the network: Biden’s age and mental acuity. Never mind that Donald Trump is only three years younger and exhibits way more evidence of both physical and cognitive decline than Biden. The mission on Fox is always to defame Democrats. However, on this occasion they missed their target by a mile…
Bartiromo: So who is running the show here? Does he know what’s going on or is he being directed by President Obama?
McCormick: He definitely doesn’t know what’s going on. And whether he’s being directed by Obama or some other staff member is really questionable. But if you look at his cognitive decline for the last fifty years, we’ve been in, literally in real time, watching this guy in public life and the way he’s talked, he’s being very slick, Clintonesque if you like. He no longer has that cognitive ability. He misinterprets questions. He misinterprets emotions. He doesn’t have a strategy. He doesn’t have any sort of education or ability to interpret new data.
Maria Bartiromo to Rep. Richard McCormick: "So who is running the show here? Does [Biden] know what's going on or is he being directed by President Obama?" pic.twitter.com/vAJ24bEzA2
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) November 27, 2023
Somewhere deep down Bartiromo knows that the nation has progressed in great strides since Biden trounced Trump, whose “leadership” thrust the nation into recession and burdened it with misery. But Fox News is so averse to giving Biden credit for anything that they have to invent a conspiracy wherein the credit goes to someone else. In this case it is former President Barack Obama.
Bartiromo probably believes that this is a brilliant idea that not only deprives Biden of the accolades he deserves, it also casts the spotlight on the former Black President who her viewers already hate. However, she is, in effect, affirming that the Biden presidency is producing positive results that she has to pretend that he had nothing to do with. She is also shifting attention to the most popular former American president.
As for McCormick, his baseless allegations only make him look more foolish. First of all, Biden has never been regarded as a “slick” orator akin to Clinton. In fact, he is a lifelong stutterer and was known as gaffe machine. But McCormick’s bizarre assertions that Biden misinterprets questions, has no strategy or education, and can’t process new data, are plucked from pure fantasy. Biden has presided over the passage of numerous bills that have benefited the people. He has shown remarkable skill at uniting the world against Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, and more recently, he has done the same on behalf of both Israel and civilians in Gaza.
The only candidate that is showing signs of mental decline is Donald Trump. He has recently spoken about how he defeated Obama in 2016 (that was Hillary Clinton), and has talked about his current race against Obama (that’s Biden). He mixed up the leaders of Hungary and Turkey. He thinks wind turbines cause cancer and kill whales. And he mistook a photo of E. Jean Carroll, who he has been found liable for defamation and rape, as being his ex-wife Marla Maples.
Also on Monday morning, Trump posted a comment on his failing social media scam, Truth Social, wherein he attempted to explain that his recent fumbling of Obama and Biden were intentional. Yeah, right. He’s done it at least seven times and never once suggested it was sarcasm. His entire post bragging about his alleged mental health actually provides more proof of serious illness…
“Whenever I sarcastically insert the name Obama for Biden as an indication that others may actually be having a very big influence in running our Country, Ron DeSanctimonious and his failing campaign apparatus, together with the Democrat’s Radical Left ‘Disinformation Machine,’ go wild saying that ‘Trump doesn’t know the name of our President, (CROOKED!) Joe Biden. He must be cognitively impaired.'”
So Trump expects people to believe that he did it on purpose in order to make people think he’s nuts? Sure, that makes perfect sense. But he wasn’t finished…
“No, I know both names very well, never mix them up, and know that they are destroying our Country.”
“They” are? So Trump really does believe that Obama is still in power? Trump continues…
“Also, and as reported, I just took a cognitive test as part of my Physical Exam, and ACED it. Also ACED (a perfect score!) one taken while in the White House.”
Yep, Trump took a “test” ordinarily given to detect early signs of dementia. It consists of tasks like counting backwards and identifying an elephant. But even though it is a very easy test, Trump has still never provided the actual results. He just pretended that he could recall five words as long as they are all things immediately in front of him at the time (person, woman, man, camera, TV). But he still wasn’t done with this rambling rant…
“Biden should take one so we can determine why he wants Open Borders, No Energy Independence, A Woke Military, High Inflation, No Voter I.D., Men playing In Women’s Sports, Only Electric Cars & Trucks, A Weaponized DOJ/FBI, and so many other CRAZY things!!!”
Needless to say, Biden doesn’t want any of those things. They are all figments of Trump’s overactive and perverse imagination (see video below). And with regard to “weaponizing” government, that’s almost all he talks about doing in his hoped for next term. Which is all the more reason that it must never happen.
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