Trump mocks Biden while praising 'sharp and smart' Putin, Kim Jong-un, Xi Jinping: 'Joe has lost it'
President Donald Trump, on Wednesday, October 14, appreciated the intelligence of Russian, North Korean and Chinese leaders as he took a swipe at his political rival Joe Biden's cognitive sharpness. Trump, while addressing his followers during a rally in Des Moines, Iowa, cast down on the Democratic presidential nominee's mental agility and told his supporters that a mental decline with his age was inevitable. The president is 74, just three years younger than Biden, 77.
Trump said: "Joe is shot, OK, whether you like it or not. We can all be nice, it's going to be my turn some day. It's even going to be your turn some day, my friends, but you know when it is your turn, you can't be president. One thing I've learned, President XI of China's one hundred percent. Putin of Russia, 100 percent," the Republican said, gesturing to his head as he praised the mental acuity of the strongman leaders.
"Kim Jong-un — by the way, what happened to that war we were supposed to be in? Kim Jong-un of North Korea — 100 percent," he said, referring to the Pyongyang leader who shed tears last week during a military parade speech, lamenting how he, as the leader of the country, had not created a better economy for its residents. "These people are sharp and they are smart. Joe has lost it, in his best day he was not a smart man, everybody knows that. Joe is gone, if he wins, the radical left, we will be running the country, they are addicted to power and God help us if they get it. We'll never be the same country, we will never be able to recover," Trump said as his followers erupted in a cheer.
The president has consistently mocked Biden's alleged declining mental state, calling him "sleepy Joe" on the campaign trail and accusing him of having dementia. Trump, who had contracted the Covid-19 disease, is now back campaigning in the final weeks before the election. The Republican, on Tuesday, October 13, mocked Biden, with a joke campaign poster, suggesting that he should be in a care home after claiming he has dementia. He also tweeted a photoshopped image of Biden, 77, surrounded by elderly people in wheelchairs, with the words "Biden for Resident."
Biden also slammed Trump this week while addressing older voters in Miami, Florida. The former vice president said: "You deserve respect and peace of mind, but you're not getting it because to Donald Trump, you're expendable." Although Trump is mocking Biden's mental acuity on his campaign trail, a Wall Street Journal-NBC News poll conducted last week showed that voters of the age 65 and above prefer the former vice president over the current president by 27 points. CBS News polling shows Trump and Biden tied on 49 percent each.
The second presidential debate was formally canceled late last week after Trump refused to participate in a virtual event. The two candidates are now conducting separate town halls instead. The final debate of the 2020 presidential election cycle continues to remain scheduled on October 22 at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee, with Kristen Welker of NBC as the moderator.