American President Joe Biden is making multiple blunders while he is in the middle of his re-election campaign. Recent polls seem to indicate that Donald Trump, his likely future opponent, is currently gaining points.
A campaign that is getting bogged down for Joe Biden. The American president, candidate for his succession, has seen difficulties multiply in recent days. After his numerous blunders which occurred in a few days and the publication on Thursday of an alarming medical report concerning him, the debate on his ability to hold the presidency resurfaces concerning the 81-year-old Democrat. Enough to propel the campaign of his probable opponent on the Republican side: Donald Trump.
Biden’s memory problems singled out
It is an irritated Joe Biden who appears before the press on Thursday. While a disastrous medical report on him has just been published, the president-candidate knows he is in difficulties.
“I mean well, I’m an old man and I know what I’m doing, dammit. I don’t have memory problems,” he defends himself.
Only a few hours earlier, a 388-page report exonerated the American head of state in a case concerning his management of confidential documents. But he accuses the president of his age and his memory problems which have “worsened”, according to the conclusions.
Special prosecutor Robert Hur notes that Joe Biden was unable to give the years in which he was Barack Obama’s vice-president (between 2009 and 2017) or the exact year of the death of his eldest son Beau Biden, died of cancer in 2015.
A boon for the Republicans
On the Republican side, we are rubbing our hands. “When we do not have the faculties required to be judged (…), we certainly do not have the faculties required to be in the Oval Office,” the leader of the Republican elected officials hastens to note in the House, Mike Johnson, after this episode.
“An elderly man with a bad memory does not have to have the nuclear codes,” complains the Republican parliamentarian from Oklahoma Kevin Hern.
Several figures from the conservative camp are even demanding that the 25th amendment to the Constitution, which allows the president’s functions to be terminated when he is no longer able to assume them, be implemented.
It must be said that the age of the American president has caused concern in recent days. In the space of just five days, Joe Biden has made a series of blunders. Sunday February 4, he mentions a conversation he would have had with “Mitterrand of Germany” about the former president, although French, in 2021. However, the former head of state died in 1996.
New error Monday, when the American president claims to have spoken with former German Chancellor Helmut Kohl, who died in 2017.
Thursday, even as he tried to defend himself against the accusations against him, this time he confused the Egyptian president and his Mexican counterpart.
Polls favorable to Trump
On the other hand, on Donald Trump’s side, the numerous legal troubles do not seem to have any influence on the businessman candidate for a return to the White House. The Republican nomination in Nevada comes on Thursday.
The 77-year-old billionaire, although not impervious to errors, is taking advantage of the multiplication of errors by his very likely opponent during next November’s presidential election to glean a few points in the polls.
The latest opinion study from NBC News, released Tuesday, reveals that more than three-quarters (76%) of Americans say they are concerned that Joe Biden may not have the mental and physical health necessary to secure a second term as president of the United States. More than half (54%) of Democratic voters even say they are worried.
In this same poll, if the election were to take place now, Donald Trump would win with 47% of the votes against 42% for Joe Biden. And already in the last survey of CNN/SSRS on February 1, the businessman was given the victory by a narrow majority against the current tenant of the White House (49% against 45%).
The trend is now in favor of the former president. The big favorite for the Republican nomination, however, will have to go through the Supreme Court. The nine judges of the highest American court have been considering since Thursday the possible ineligibility of Donald Trump, in connection with his role in the assault on the Capitol in 2021.