The writing is on the wall for former Vice President Joe Biden, who was once the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee.
But that presumption has taken major hits in the month since he took a commanding lead in delegates over his closest rival, Democratic Socialist Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders.
Even with doing limited interviews and not doing any public appearances due to coronavirus, the former vice president’s apparent cognitive decline has been both noticeable and uncomfortable to watch.
The words “I misspoke” could be a campaign t shirt for the 77-year-old candidate because he has had to say them again and again.
And he had to say them again this week when he appeared on the MSNBC show “Morning Joe” and pronounced that, he thinks, 600,000 Americans have died from the virus.
“They are going to face it. A lot of people are going to face it. Look, Joe, over 600,000 dead. Many of them are people who are those workers, those nurses, doctors, some of them, because they put themselves in a position to save other people’s lives, protect the rest of society. And we talk about that number, like 600,000-plus people,” the candidate said.
“60,000,” “Morning Joe” host and former Republican Congressman, turned Never Trumper, Joe Scarborough said.
“60. I mis — over 60,000 death. And we talk about them like they are a number,” the rapidly mentally declining candidate said.
Look, we are not doctors. We cannot comment on what his mental condition is or is not. But the mental decline looks apparent to the casual observer.
Add that to the litany of sexual assault and harassment allegations pouring in against the old man, including this one from a woman who alleges that she was a 14-year-old girl at the time, and you have a disaster for the Democrats.
“I remember walking into the lobby and being in awe of all the people in such fancy clothes,” Eva Murry said to Law & Crime.
“Our two parties of people gravitated towards each other and everyone started saying their hellos,” she said.
“When it was Biden and my aunt’s turn to say hello he quickly turned to me and asked how old I was. I replied with my age and he replied with the comment ‘Fourteen? You’re very well endowed for 14!’
“I was confused but it was definitely weird, he looked me up and down and hovered his eyes on my chest so I had some clue [about] the notion of his comment but didn’t fully understand at the time. We quickly separated from his area after the encounter,” she said.
“I feel his comments were verbal sexual harassment,” she said in the interview on Friday.
“I think I was too naive to realize exactly what it meant at the time but I vividly remember the uncomfortable feeling I had in the pit of my stomach during the whole encounter. It wasn’t Biden’s words alone that made me so uncomfortable, it was the look, the tone, the whole general vibe was off,” she said.
“It got overwhelming repeating myself on everyone’s post,” Murray said. “So I made a master thread with the intentions of informing my friends and family who I care very much about, just what kind of man Biden is.”
“No man or woman should get away with acting that way and that is what this boils down to,” she said.