Democrats are pretending not to notice as their presumed 2020 nominee former vice president Joe Biden slowly slips into the abyss of mental decline.
He left listeners dumbstruck and confused on Wednesday when he spoke about his previously unheard of stint as a university professor during a virtual round table.
“When I left the United States Senate, I became a professor at the University of Pennsylvania,” Biden claimed. “And I’ve spent a lot of time — and the University of Delaware has the Biden School as well, so I’ve spent a lot of time on campus with college students.”
Publicly available biographical data confirms that Biden became vice president after leaving the Senate in 2009. He received the honorary title of “Benjamin Franklin Presidential Practice Professor” from the University of Pennsylvania in 2017. For Biden, this Ivy League credential is enough to claim the academic title, even though he never taught any classes.
A Biden spokesperson told the Philadelphia Inquirer in 2019, “He hasn’t worked out a defined schedule for each campus yet, but his time will likely amount to about one day a week at each school with some ebb and flow depending on the work.” The newspaper also reported that UPenn paid Biden more than $900,000 between 2017 and 2019 after he made several speeches.
His latest assertion is just another in a string of baffling statements and debunked pronouncements that the media has tried desperately to camouflage.
Sara Haines, co-host of ABC’s The View, asked Biden on Tuesday if he was concerned about President Donald Trump’s notion that “we cannot let the cure be worse than the problem itself” as he seeks a quick end to the coronavirus shutdown.
“We have to take care of the cure that will make the problem worse no matter what,” Biden responded, adding to the consternation of the public.
Many viewers were horrified after his interview with MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace that evening. She tried to reassure Biden as he was visibly frustrated, struggling to formulate his thoughts into sentences.
“We are two people in our basements with nothing but time, said Wallace as she asked how he would handle the coronavirus pandemic if he wins the election.
Biden: “Way back in January 17, I wrote a piece, maybe the 15th, I wrote a piece for USA Today saying that, you know, a pandemic is coming. We have to be better prepared. We should have been in a position, I called for a while ago. I would enforce, enforce the defense production act. I would be surging equipment and personnel. I would be moving in a direction where we had the United States military, which I call for several weeks ago building hospitals like finally happening in the National Guard helping in New York with, you know, at the Javits Center. We have this capacity. Most of all, I would be protecting our docs, nurses, and first responders because if we lose them, we are in real, real trouble. We should be making those masks, moving on those ventilators. We can do that. Why doesn’t he just act like a president? That’s a stupid way to say that but I really …”
Wallace: “Donald Trump was asked on —”
Wallace: “Go ahead.”
Biden: “No. No. Probably best I don’t.”
Wallace: “All right.”
She also incoherently asked, “Mr. Vice President, what do you say about the reporting in The New York Times and it’s been reported at a local level for as long as this virus has been something that people have been anxious about, that’s discrimination against Asian Americans. Donald Trump, I think, tried to put something back in the toothpaste tube yesterday but saying he wouldn’t tolerate discrimination, but that was after weeks and weeks and weeks of calling coronavirus the Chinese virus.”
Biden: “Well, I — no matter how he got there, I’m glad he finally got there. It was long overdue to say he won’t put up the xenophobia. Strange coming from him, but I’m happy he did it. Happy, he did it. The irony is you may recall in the beginning when this started there were folks like me and others calling for him to make sure that he contacts Xi, he get engaged and send people to — our experts to China to find out at the source what was happening. There was a federal employee that worked for the president in China to watch this and either got fired or quit. Not sure how it happened. At the time, he was out there, praising how things were going. China was doing all these wonderful things and everything was going on, but we didn’t know what was happening precisely. Now all of a sudden, he is being tough on China. He is making sure — now he is being soft on his xenophobia in the past so I just — I just can’t figure the guy. I don’t know. It’s like watching a yo-yo. I shouldn’t have said it that way.”
Wallace: “It feels that way. I want to — that’s okay.”
One female viewer said the train wreck interview was the most awkward one she has ever seen on any news network, calling it “both pure comedy and terribly sad.” She concluded, “He’s clearly not ‘with it’ anymore.” Another panned it as “completely coherent.”
Atlantic contributing writer Alex Wagner shocked readers with a Tuesday article titled “Stay Alive, Joe Biden.” She argued that, “Democrats need little from the front-runner beyond his corporeal presence.”
“Voters seem to have coalesced around Biden for his past — who they have known him to be for the past four decades in American politics — rather than for anything in his present,” she wrote. “It’s as if Biden exists primarily as an idea, rather than an actual candidate. Democrats have chosen Biden as their vessel for Trump’s defeat, and that choice is the entire point: The vanquishing matters more than anything else,” she claimed.
One Democratic voter said, “I literally don’t care if we have to have another four years of weekend at Bernie’s with his aides propping his old a** up. Go Biden or whoever. As long as it’s not the guy who will sacrifice Big Mama to Wall Street.”
Another concluded, “These are the consequences of voters supporting two very old, very physically unwell men,” bashing Biden and his close 78-year-old Socialist rival, Independent Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders.