President Donald Trump doubled down on his insistence that Democrat Joe Biden, his opponent in the November election, should take a drug test — and said he would take one, too.
“I’m not joking. I’m willing to take a drug test, I think she should to,” Trump said during a Sunday evening news briefing at the White House.
Trump then argued that Biden’s performances in the Democratic Party’s primary debates were inconsistent, which raised questions about whether he is taking something to help his focus.
“I watched him with some of the — when he was debating ‘Pocahontas’ [Sen. Elizabeth Warren] and [Sen. Kamala] Harris, who treated him so badly, but I watched him and he was out of it. And then I watched him against Bernie Sanders and he was OK. He wasn’t great, but he wasn’t terrible,” Trump said.
“If you look at some of those debates, I said there’s no way he can continue. He can’t continue. Then all of a sudden he debated ‘crazy’ Bernie Sanders, and you know what? The truth is he was OK. And I said, how did he go from there, those horrible performances, to where he was OK? I always joke, but it is true: He was no Winston Churchill in debating, but he was fine. And people say he was on performance-enhancing drugs.”
When pressed on his claim, Trump said, “A lot of people have said that, a lot of people have written that. Take a look — you can just check out the internet, you’ll see plenty of people say it. Whether he is or not, doesn’t matter. But I would love to take a test, and he can take a test, too.”
Trump and Biden will meet for their first presidential debate on Tuesday.
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