Politics has always been a dirty game and it seems like every year that passes, the game manages to get exponentially dirtier. Remember when John McCain corrected a woman at a conference who was "scared" to vote for Obama because she thought he was Muslim and asked her to focus on policies, not fear mongering? Yeah, well those days are long-gone and it seems like each new day brings another salacious headline, like Donald Trump's calling for Joe Biden to take a drug test.
Why is Donald Trump asking Joe Biden to take a drug test?
In an interview with the Washington Examiner, President Trump stated that he had seen an out-of-nowhere improvement in the DNC candidate's mental acuity during the televised democratic debates, then followed up with saying that Biden might be using drugs to get his mind right ahead of his public speaking engagements. When asked what evidence he had of the former vice president's drug use, Trump spoke to his intuition.
"All I can tell you is that I'm pretty good at this stuff. I look. I watched him in the debates with all of the different people. He was close to incompetent, if not incompetent, and against Bernie, he was normal ... and I say, 'How does that happen?'" he asked while speaking to the outlet in the oval office.
Trump is calling for a drug test for both himself and Joe Biden ahead of their first debate that's set to occur on Sept. 29.
This isn't the first time Trump's accused his opposition of getting a pharmacological advantage ahead of a debate and even levied the same claims against Hillary Clinton prior to their final debate. He asked Clinton to take a drug test before that third on-air contest and her team largely ignored the request.
A huge narrative from anti-Biden groups going into the presidential election is that the former vice president is "incoherent."
Trump has called into question Joe Biden's sanity on several occasions, and there are numerous media gaffes from the career politician that are being utilized in campaign messages depicting him as senile and unintelligible. Trump's campaign caused a stir online when they released an anti-Biden ad called "The Bidening" which portrays a Biden presidency as a horror movie, with all of the subtlety of a Rob Zombie flick.
Trump isn't the only one accusing other politicians of taking drugs and he's been on the receiving end of such accusations himself. During Trump's bid for the presidency, Howard Dean had pointed to the New York real estate mogul's erratic behavior and constant sniffling as a sign of cocaine abuse, as did the late Carrie Fisher.
His son, Donald Trump Jr., also fended off rumors that his RNC speech was "fueled" by blow as he dismissed rumors he was inhaling booger sugar and chalked up his reportedly "glassy eyes" and "sweaty forehead" to lighting.
Will Joe Biden agree to a drug test?
It's safe to assume that it's all political posturing at this point for the president to request one and this just helps to further the claims that Biden isn't of sound mind. If Biden doesn't agree to take the test, then Trump can say, "Well, why doesn't he want to take one, I'll take one!"
What we do know is that Biden has scoffed at the idea of cognitive tests before.
When asked by CBS News correspondent Errol Barnett if he'd taken a test to determine his mental fitness for the presidency, Joe Biden laughed and said, "No I haven't taken a test. Why the hell would I take a test? C'mon man. That's like saying you before you got in this program if you're taking test were you taking cocaine or not what do you think, huh? Are you a junkie?"
Trump also told the Washington Examiner in the same interview, "I don't know how he [Mr Biden] could have been so incompetent in his debate performances and then all of a sudden be OK against Bernie. It wasn't that he was Winston Churchill because he wasn't, but it was a normal, boring debate. You know, nothing amazing happened. And we are going to call for a drug test because there's no way - you can't do that."
He then likened the talks to gladiator battles, "Well, it is a prizefight. It's no different from the gladiators, except we have to use our brain and our mouth. And our body to stand. I want all standing - they want to sit down."
Cleveland, Ohio will see the first debate on Sept. 29, Oct. 15 will take place in Miami, Fla. and the final one will occur a week later on Oct. 22 in Nashville, Tenn.