Biden loses his cool at Black reporter for asking if he had taken a cognitive test: 'Are you a junkie?’

The incident happened at a virtual event with the National Association of Black Journalists, when Biden was in conversation with CBS News’ Errol Barnett


                            Biden loses his cool at Black reporter for asking if he had taken a cognitive test: 'Are you a junkie?’
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Joe Biden appeared to take offense after being asked whether or not he had taken a cognitive test. He countered the question by asking the interviewer if he would pass a drug test and stumbled over his words multiple times.

During a conversation with CBS News’ Errol Barnett at a virtual event with the National Association of Black Journalists, Biden was asked if he had taken a test to assess his mental fitness. “No, I haven’t taken a test! Why the hell would I take a test? C’mon, man!” the former vice president snapped in response. “That’s like saying you, before you got in this program, if you take a test where you’re taking cocaine or not, what do you think? Huh? Are you a junkie?” he added.

Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee former Vice President Joe Biden delivers a speech at the William Hicks Anderson Community Center, on July 28, 2020, in Wilmington, Delaware. (Getty Images)

The presumptive Democratic presidential nominee proceeded to brag about his mental acuity and how he was ready to take on Trump at the debate stage. However, his sentences were arguably incoherent. “I’m so forward-looking to have an opportunity to sit with the president — or stand with the president — in debates,” he insisted. “I am very willing to let the American people judge my physical, mental fil–my physical as well as my mental fil–fitness."

Biden grabbed headlines in May after telling Breakfast Club co-host Charlamagne tha God he wasn't "Black" if he was considering voting for Trump. “If you have a problem figuring out whether you’re for me or Trump, then you ain’t Black,” Biden said.

“It don’t have nothing to do with Trump, it has to do with the fact — I want something for my community,” the radio host retorted.

In a statement he made in June, Biden claimed he was "constantly" tested for his mental fitness. “I’ve been tested and I’m constantly tested,” he said when asked about a mental assessment. “All you’ve got to do is watch me, and I can hardly wait to compare my cognitive capability to the cognitive capability of the man I’m running against,” he added.

Meanwhile, Trump “aced” a cognitive assessment in 2018, according to former White House Physician Dr. Ronny Jackson. “If (Trump) goes head-to-head with Joe Biden cognitively, there just wouldn’t be much of a comparison. It would be very one-sided,” Jackson told The Kyle Olson Show, adding, “They cannot afford to put Joe Biden on the stage side-by-side with President Trump. It will be an unmitigated disaster for their party."

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a rally on January 14, 2020, at UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Getty Images)

On July 19, Trump told Fox News' Chris Wallace that Biden would be "crying for mommy" if he were subjected to the same line of questioning the media put him through. "Let Biden sit through an interview like this, he’ll be on the ground crying for mommy. He’ll say 'Mommy, mommy, please take me home,'" the Republican leader quipped.

"Well we’ve asked him for an interview, sir," Wallace replied.

"He can’t do an interview. He’s incompetent," Trump declared.

When asked if he thought the former vice president is senile, the president said he didn't "want to say that." However, he asserted that “to be president, you have to be sharp and tough and so many other things."

"[Biden] doesn’t even come out of his basement," he added.

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