According to Mediaite, former President Donald Trump has acknowledged the instances where he mentioned former President Barack Obama instead of President Joe Biden in past rallies and interviews. He insists that he was not confused, as many have suggested, but that he did so “sarcastically.” The issue of cognitive acuity has become a political concern for both Biden and Trump, who are potential front runners for the 2024 general election.
Trump has previously mentioned Obama as his political rival instead of Biden, leading to speculation about his cognitive state. However, in a statement on Truth Social, Trump claimed that when he sarcastically inserted the name Obama for Biden, it was meant to indicate that others may have a significant influence on running the country. He accused political opponents, including Ron DeSantis, of using it to suggest cognitive impairment.
Trump stated that he knows both names very well, never mixes them up, and believes that they are destroying the country. He also mentioned taking a cognitive test as part of his physical exam and acing it, challenging Biden to take a similar test. Trump highlighted various policy disagreements with Biden and criticized what he referred to as “crazy things.”
In a radio interview with Brian Kilmeade, Trump appeared to make a similar gaffe, referring to Obama when discussing current events. When Kilmeade corrected him, Trump claimed he meant both Obama and Biden, asserting that Obama is Biden’s boss. During a recent rally, Trump also mentioned a world leader calling on Obama to resign and be replaced by Trump, despite Biden being the president.
WHENEVER I SARCASTICALLY INSERT THE NAME OBAMA FOR BIDEN AS AN INDICATION THAT OTHERS MAY ACTUALLY BE HAVING A VERY BIG INFLUENCE IN RUNNING OUR COUNTRY, RON DESANCTIMONIOUS AND HIS FAILING CAMPAIGN APPARATUS, TOGETHER WITH THE DEMOCRAT’S RADICAL LEFT “DISINFORMATION MACHINE,” GO WILD SAYING THAT “TRUMP DOESN’T KNOW THE NAME OF OUR PRESIDENT, (CROOKED!) JOE BIDEN. HE MUST BE COGNITIVELY IMPAIRED.” NO, I KNOW BOTH NAMES VERY WELL, NEVER MIX THEM UP, AND KNOW THAT THEY ARE DESTROYING OUR COUNTRY. ALSO, AND AS REPORTED, I JUST TOOK A COGNITIVE TEST AS PART OF MY PHYSICAL EXAM, AND ACED IT. ALSO ACED (A PERFECT SCORE!) ONE TAKEN WHILE IN THE WHITE HOUSE. BIDEN SHOULD TAKE ONE SO WE CAN DETERMINE WHY HE WANTS OPEN BORDERS, NO ENERGY INDEPENDENCE, A WOKE MILITARY, HIGH INFLATION, NO VOTER I.D., MEN PLAYING IN WOMEN’S SPORTS, ONLY ELECTRIC CARS & TRUCKS, A WEAPONIZED DOJ/FBI, AND SO MANY OTHER CRAZY THINGS!!!
Trump appeared to make an apparent gaffe in a radio interview with Brian Kilmeade, who tried to correct the former president but learned it was all by design:
DONALD TRUMP: IT’S ALL COMING THROUGH IRAN. AND OBAMA WANTS TO HE DOESN’T WANT TO TALK ABOUT IT. HE DOESN’T WANT TO MENTION HE DOESN’T EVEN MENTION THEM IN HIS STATEMENTS. IT’S ALL COMING THROUGH IRAN.
BRIAN KILMEADE: WELL, YOU MEAN PRESIDENT BIDEN. SO BUT RIGHT NOW.
DONALD TRUMP: I ALSO MEAN OBAMA.
BRIAN KILMEADE: WHAT DO YOU MEAN?
DONALD TRUMP: YOU KNOW OBAMA AND BIDEN. BUT OBAMA IS BIDEN’S BOSS. GUESS YOU DIDN’T REALLY KNOW THAT.
BRIAN KILMEADE: DO YOU BELIEVE IT? YOU BELIEVE PRESIDENT OBAMA —
DONALD TRUMP: IN THE PAST? I DON’T THINK I DON’T THINK BIDEN KNOWS WHAT’S HAPPENING, TO BE HONEST WITH YOU. I THINK OBAMA IS CALLING THESE SHOTS, AND HE’S ALWAYS FELT THIS WAY ABOUT IRAN. THERE’S NO QUESTION ABOUT THAT. NO, I THINK OBAMA AND OBAMA’S PEOPLE CERTAINLY ARE CALLING THE SHOTS, NOT BIDEN.
The statement and recent instances of confusion have led to speculation about Trump’s cognitive state. Trump’s decision to address the issue and claim sarcasm has raised questions about the effectiveness of such a response and whether it draws attention to potential confusion in his messaging.