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Donald Trump retweeted a post by a former Breitbart editor questioning Joe Biden‘s cognitive abilities after the former vice president clinched the Democratic nomination for president last night. 

Raheem Kassam posted slowed-down footage of Biden looking bemused during last night’s DNC proceedings which saw him formally crowned as Trump’s challenger. 

‘Does he even know what is happening?’, asked Kassam in a post accompanied by a the sound of crickets which Trump later shared to his 85million followers. 

Trump has tried to stir fears that 77-year-old Biden is not mentally fit for the White House and has boasted of his own cognitive powers – claiming he had dazzled doctors by reciting ‘person, woman, man, camera, TV’ in a memory test.   

Biden has dismissed the issue and said he looks forward to going head-to-head with Trump in the fall election debates.  

Donald Trump retweeted this post by former Breitbart editor Raheem Kassam which showed Joe Biden looking bemused during the DNC proceedings last night 

Biden will be 78 by Inauguration Day and would be the oldest president ever to sit in the Oval Office.  

Ronald Reagan was 77 at the end of his two terms in office, while Trump, 74, would surpass him if he won and completed a second term. 

Trump was 70 when he took office, making him the oldest person to begin a first term – again surpassing Reagan who was 69 when he was sworn in.  

Despite the president’s own verbal missteps, the Trump campaign has sought to make an issue of Biden’s mental abilities in recent weeks. 

‘Any honest voter juxtaposing President Trump and Joe Biden can see the stark difference in mental acuity and wit,’ Trump spokesman Ken Farnaso said in July. 

The president told Fox News that he had aced a memory test by reciting the words ‘person, woman, man, camera, TV’ – claiming he had won ‘extra points. 

‘They said nobody gets it in order. It’s actually not that easy, but for me, it was easy,’ Trump said. 

‘Now Joe should take that test because something’s going on,’ Trump said, referring to Biden. 

‘And, I say this with respect. I mean – going to probably happen to all of us, right? You know? It’s going to happen.’ 

Donald Trump (pictured in Arizona last night) has tried to make Biden’s cognitive powers an issue in the election and has boasted of his own performance on a memory test 

One neurologist, Dr James Galvin of the University of Miami, said Trump’s test sounded similar to an assessment called MoCa meant to pick up any problems. 

‘It’s not a diagnostic test. And more importantly, it’s not an IQ test. It doesn’t tell how smart someone is,’ Galvin said. 

‘It’s designed to be a relatively easy test because what you want to do is pick up people who have problems or possible problems’. 

Kassam, who tweeted the footage of Biden looking startled last night, is a former editor of Breitbart’s London bureau. 

He is also a former aide to British politician Nigel Farage, a populist leader who played a major role in the UK’s exit from the European Union.  

Biden’s supposed mental decline has also been a favorite theme of some of his critics on the left of the Democratic Party.   

Journalist and Bernie Sanders backer Glenn Greenwald said in March that Biden was suffering a ‘serious cognitive decline’.  

Biden (pictured last night) has dismissed the cognitive issue and said he looks forward to going head-to-head with Trump in the fall election debates

Biden has made a number of verbal gaffes during the campaign, saying in June that ‘we have over 120million dead from Covid’, meaning 120 thousand.    

He drew criticism earlier this month for suggesting that there was little diversity in the African-American community, prompting a hasty retreat. 

Trump too has made bizarre errors, claiming recently that the Spanish Flu pandemic of 1918 had helped to end World War II – which did not begin until 1939. 

Asked about a cognitive test by CBS journalist Errol Barnett, Biden said ‘no, I haven’t taken a test… Why the hell would I take a test?. 

He then faced criticism for snapping that the question was akin to asking Barnett if he would take a drug test to see if ‘you’re taking cocaine or not… are you a junkie?’.  

Biden told reporters in June that he is ‘constantly tested’ by the rigors of the campaign and said is eager to pit his wits against Trump in the fall debates. 

‘I’m so forward-looking to have an opportunity to sit with the president or stand with the president and the debates,’ Biden said. 

He later said he was ‘very willing to let the American public judge my physical, as well as my mental fitness and to make a judgment about who I am.’  

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