A stenographer who worked in the White House while Joe Biden served as vice president said the 2020 presidential candidate is currently a “shell of his former self.”
“That’s not Joe Biden,” former White House stenographer Mike McCormick told Laura Ingraham on Fox News Tuesday night. “That’s a shell of his former self. Joe Biden is a different guy than he was. He doesn’t have the same vitality. I listened to every word Joe Biden spoke.”
McCormick, who worked in the White House for 15 years, including from 2011 to 2017 under the Obama administration, says Biden’s speech at the Democratic National Convention “wasn’t the Biden I knew.”
“When I saw him do his speech at the Democratic National Convention, that wasn’t the Joe Biden I knew,” McCormick said. “That guy was reading from a teleprompter, and it was almost verbatim, and he’s never done that.”
President Trump and his supporters have often criticized Biden’s mental fortitude. The Trump campaign recently placed an ad focusing on Biden’s television appearances that asks “what happened to Joe Biden,” which shows clips of Biden as vice president compared to now.
Trump responded to Biden’s speech at the Democratic National Convention by suggesting a mandatory drug test before the first presidential debate.
“Go back and watch his performances in some of those debates,” Trump told Washington Examiner in late August. “He didn’t know where he was. And all of a sudden, he was not good, he was normal, and I don’t understand how. I don’t know if there is or not, but somebody said to me, ‘He must be on drugs.’ I don’t know if that’s true or not, but I’m asking for a drug test. Both candidates. Me, too. I take an aspirin a day.”