Hillary Clinton acknowledges that Joe Biden’s age is a valid topic for discussion in the 2024 election, particularly after a special counsel assessment criticized his mental state. In an interview with Alex Wagner on MSNBC, Clinton expressed, “I talked to people in the White House all the time, and you know, they know it’s an issue, but as I like to say, ‘look, it’s a legitimate issue.’ It’s a legitimate issue for [ex-President Donald] Trump who’s only three years younger, right? So it’s an issue.”
Clinton emphasized that both Biden and Trump might struggle to connect with younger voters, but Biden could highlight his credentials as an experienced leader. “I think Biden also should lean into the fact that he’s experienced, and that experience is not just in the political arena. It’s like, the stuff of, you know, human experience, character, wisdom,” she suggested, adding that Biden should be willing to pull out his experience and incorporate humor.
🔥🚨BREAKING: Hillary Clinton called Joe Biden’s age a ‘legitimate issue’ in her interview with MSNBC’s Alex Wagne. pic.twitter.com/4MGw2uCJoa
— Dom Lucre | Breaker of Narratives (@dom_lucre) February 10, 2024
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton offers her advice for how President Joe Biden should address concerns about his age. pic.twitter.com/2WwVNQm5S6
— Alex Wagner Tonight (@WagnerTonight) February 10, 2024
According to a recent NBC News poll, 76% of respondents are concerned that Biden, at 81, is not mentally prepared to serve a second term. A damning report by special counsel Robert Hur, released on Thursday, concluded that Biden was too senile to face prosecution for improper possession of confidential papers. The report highlighted Biden’s willful retention and disclosure of highly classified materials while a private citizen, including documents about military and foreign policy in Afghanistan and other sensitive national security matters. However, no criminal charges were warranted against him or anyone else.
The report detailed Biden’s limited recall about events, including when he was vice president, and mentioned an incident regarding classified information on the Afghan War and discussions with a ghostwriter for his autobiography. The Justice Department disregarded Biden’s statements due to his impaired memory retrieval abilities. “Given Mr. Biden’s limited precision and recall during his interviews with his ghostwriter and with our office, jurors may hesitate to place too much evidentiary weight on a single eight-word utterance to his ghostwriter about finding classified documents in Virginia,” the report stated.
The Special Counsel’s attorneys did not recommend charges, in part, because they deemed that Biden might cut a sympathetic figure due to his frailty and senility. The report acknowledged that Biden, during a trial, would likely present himself as a sympathetic, well-meaning, elderly man with a poor memory, making it difficult to convince a jury to convict him. The evidence was deemed insufficient to convict, and the recommendation was not to prosecute Biden for the retention of the classified Afghanistan documents. The report acknowledged that, on its face, Biden’s offense appeared more egregious than Trump’s own classified documents case.
The worst passage from Hur’s report follows below:
“In his interview with our office, Mr. Biden’s memory was worse. He did not remember when he was vice president, forgetting on the first day of the interview when his term ended (‘if it was 2013 – when did I stop being Vice President?’), and forgetting on the second day of the interview when his term began (‘in 2009, am I still Vice President?’). He did not remember, even within several years, when his son Beau died. And his memory appeared hazy when describing the Afghanistan debate that was once so important to him. Among other things, he mistakenly said he ‘had a real difference’ of opinion with General Karl Eikenberry, when, in fact, Eikenberry was an ally whom Mr. Biden cited approvingly in his Thanksgiving memo to President Obama.”
While Joe Biden has struggled with memory throughout his presidency, often mixing up persons and places, he is now recalling events that didn’t even happen with world leaders who have long been dead.
During a fundraiser on Wednesday at the home of Maureen White, whose husband Steven Rattner manages billionaire former Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s fortune, Biden referenced the deceased German Chancellor Helmut Kohl.
“I showed up … and I sat down and said, ‘America’s back,’ and [French President Emmanuel] Macron looked at me and said, ‘For how long?’ How long? Not a joke,” Biden recalled, according to a pool report.
“Helmut Kohl said, ‘Joe, what would you think if you picked up the phone and picked up the paper tomorrow and learned in the London Times, on the front page, that 1,000 people stormed the Parliament, broke down the doors of the House of Commons and killed 2 bobbies in the process … trying to stop the election of a prime minister?’” he added.
U.S. President Joe Biden also told a nearly identical anecdote in Las Vegas that included long-deceased French leader François Mitterrand, who was in office from 1981 to 1995 and died in 1996, while confusing the nations of Germany and France.
“Right after I was elected, I went to a G7 meeting in southern England. And I sat down and said, ‘America is back!’ and Mitterand from Germany — I mean France — looked at me and said, ‘How long you back for?’” Biden retold.
The Democrat-supporting establishment press did its best to cover for the now-perpetually disoriented president — Politico calling the concerning mix-up a mere “slip of the tongue” — but Biden has now repeated the same mistake three times within a week.
The New York Post reports that Biden told the same story at a “stop at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel near Columbus Circle, for an event hosted by Dr. Ramon Tallaj, chairman of the nonprofit SOMOS Community Care and a member of Mayor Eric Adams’s COVID-19 recovery task force,” except this version featured the deceased “Helmut Kohl of Germany.”
The U.S. corporate press has long abandoned any pretense of objectivity when it comes to the nation’s politics. Thus, airing Hillary Clinton’s opinion on the matter is a signal that the Democratic Party establishment considers Joe Biden to be a liability.
Thus, Joe Biden’s days as a Democratic presidential candidate may indeed be numbered.
However, Biden’s mental decline is now so serious that the 25th Amendment may have to be considered as a pretext to remove the president from office.