Former Vice President Joe Biden’s latest verbal blunder calls into question whether the Democratic nominee can grasp the most pressing issues the U.S. currently faces.
On Tuesday, Biden joined the ladies of “The View” via video call to counter President Trump’s handling of the coronavirus epidemic. Being that the program is friendly territory for the Dems, Biden was asked a number of softball questions.
But the former vice president gave an answer to one of those questions that is both terrifying and not surprising, particularly given the concerns many have about the 77-year-old’s cognitive health.
The FP reported that “The View” co-host Sara Haines asked Joe Biden about Trump’s statement that “we cannot let the cure be worse than the problem itself.” The President was referring to a potential timetable for firing up the U.S. economy following what has essentially amounted to a nationwide shutdown of nonessential business.
“We talked about Trump saying the government would reassess the recommended period for keeping businesses shut and people at home. Are you at all concerned as Trump said that we cannot let the cure be worse than the problem itself?” Haines asked Biden.
Joe Biden’s response was baffling.
“We have to take care of the cure. That will make the problem worse, no matter what,” he said.
Biden doubled down, adding, “No matter what. We know what has to be done. We know you have to — you’re tired of hearing the phrase, you got to flatten that curve where it’s going up like this, people getting it, and then it comes down.”
How can a cure make the problem worse? Did Joe Biden just assert that solving a problem will also exacerbate it, or is he so lost in general that he is unable to deliver a coherent response?
We doubt Biden truly believes a “cure” will make the problem “worse,” but he didn’t even bother trying to get it right, instead simply moving on to his next statement.
Moreover, not one of the show’s co-hosts asked him to clarify the nonsensical response.
The candidate either believes that curing the coronavirus will hurt the country, or his cognitive abilities are so diminished that he can’t adequately say what he means.