Trump says he will call for drug tests for both former Vice President Joe Biden and himself before the first candidates’ debate on Sept. 29. The president expressed suspicion at what he said was a sudden, marked improvement in Biden’s debate performance during the Democratic primary season and suggested that he believes the improvement was the result of drugs.
Trump stated, “Nobody thought that he was even going to win. Because his debate performances were so bad. Frankly, his best performance was against Bernie.”
“We’re going to call for a drug test, by the way, because his best performance was against Bernie. It wasn’t that he was Winston Churchill because he wasn’t, but it was a normal, boring debate. You know, nothing amazing happened. And we are going to call for a drug test because there’s no way — you can’t do that.”
When asked, “What do you think was going on?”
President Trump claimed, “I don’t know how he could have been so incompetent in his debate performances and then all of a sudden be OK against Bernie.”
“My point is, if you go back and watch some of those numerous debates, he was so bad. He wasn’t even coherent. And against Bernie, he was. And we’re calling for a drug test.”
And pressed, “Is this like a prizefight, where beforehand you have a test?” Trump announced, “Well, it is a prizefight. It’s no different from the gladiators, except we have to use our brain and our mouth.”
“And our body to stand. I want all standing; they want to sit down.” Plus he added, “I think it’s appropriate. I don’t know that they’ll let me do it, but I think that they should do it.”
Then argued, “Go back and watch his performances in some of those debates. 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.”
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