President Donald Trump again claimed without evidence that rival Joe Biden was on drugs – telling a Fox News interviewer in a clip that aired on Friday: "I hear that."
Trump brought charges after repeatedly assaulting his Democratic challenger's mental prowess and stamina – an indictment that Biden has vociferously denied.
& # 39; It's probably drugs. I hear that, ”Trump said to Fox presenter Jeanine Pirro in one interview in the White House.
President Donald Trump again claimed without evidence that rival Joe Biden was on drugs – telling a Fox News interviewer Jeanine Pirro, "I hear that."
“I mean there may be drugs. I don't know how to get away from being so bad that you can't even get a sentence out of it, ”Trump continued. “I mean, you've seen some of these debates with the large number of people on the stage. He was – I mean, I always said how is it possible that he could move forward at all. & # 39;
Trump asked in an interview last month that Biden be tested. "All I can tell you is that I'm pretty good at this stuff," he said. "I am looking. I've seen him debating with all the different people. He was almost incompetent, if not incompetent. And he was normal against Bernie. "
Biden was able to assert himself in a crowded democratic field. He stumbled in a few debates, but many reviewers wrote that he improved as the debates progressed. His rivals supported him en masse after they were defeated.
President Donald Trump reproached Joe Biden with no evidence: "It is probably drugs."
Vice President Mike Pence, left, speaks in the company of President Donald Trump in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington on Friday, September 11, 2020. Trump previously asked Biden to do a drug test. He presented a similar challenge to rival Hillary Clinton in 2016
Trump pointed to Joe Biden's performance in debates
A CBS / YouGov poll after the 10th debate found that 26 percent believed Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders had best beaten Trump. Biden finished second with 21 percent and was way ahead of the rest of the field. Senator Elizabeth Warren finished third with 12 percent.
Trump himself surprisingly admitted earlier this year that he was taking hydroxychloroquine as a preventative line of defense against the coronavirus, although academic studies have shown it has mixed results as a potential treatment for people with the virus.
Trump's most recent attack came on a day when a new poll found that a mere majority in battlefield nations consider either man intellectually fit to be president.
With 51 to 49 percent, voters are almost evenly distributed over whether Trump is mentally incapable of being president.
Biden thinks a nearly identical margin of 52 to 48 percent is mentally incapable, according to the CNBC / Change Research poll.
Biden pledged to be "completely transparent" about his own health in a CNN interview aired Thursday when he ripped off Trump over his insults.
“Thank goodness I'm in good health. But here's the deal. Anything can happen, ”he said.
“If it's Donald Trump versus me, just look at us, okay? Look at us. Who seems to be in shape? Who can move I mean this idea of & # 39; Slow Joe & # 39 ;. Anyway, I shouldn't laugh about it, anyway … Donald Trump. Look at us both, ”he said.
The president bragged about having "performed" his mental cognition test, but has refused to reveal detailed information about his unannounced trip to Walter Reed Medical Center last November.
Trump went on Twitter earlier this month to deny it with a series of "mini-strokes".
& # 39; It never stops! Now they are trying to say that your favorite president, I, went to Walter Reed Medical Center after suffering a series of mini-strokes, ”wrote Trump.
Fox News presenter Jeanine Pirro asked Trump how he would react if opponents "threaten to riot if they lose on election night".
A protester dances around a fire lit by protesters as he burns a peace sign near the federal court in Portland, Oregon during another night of protests in the city. Portland Protest, Oregon, USA – July 19, 2020
In other comments on Pirro, Trump swore In order to quell the opposition unrest, he should be declared the winner on election night and say he would put it down within minutes.
Trump was asked about the hypothetical scenario by Fox News host Jeanine Pirro. She mentioned the "threat" of civil unrest without giving details.
“Let's say there are threats. They say if they lose on election night, if we get a winner on election night, there will be riot. What are you going to do? & # 39; The host asked him.
“We'll put them off very quickly if they do. We have the right to do so. We can do that if we want, ”said Trump, sitting in the White House for an interview during a week that his team was rocked by bombshell footage of author and journalist Bob Woodward.
Rather than downplay the possibility, Trump took the hypothesis and went on, “Look, it's called insurrection. We just send it in and make it very easy. I mean it's very easy. I'd rather not do this because there's no need to, but if we had to, we'd do that and put it off within minutes. Within minutes, ”Trump said in a clip posted by Politico.
Trump has repeatedly persecuted "rioters" and "looters" who he said were rival supporters of Joe Biden.
He has sent federal agents to cities plagued by civil unrest and property destruction following protests over the death of George Floyd.
He famously posed with a Bible in front of St. John's Church across from the White House after authorities used tear gas on peaceful demonstrators.
Trump's use of the term "insurrection" recalls his government's threat to use insurgency law to use armed forces to quell disruption.