April 20, 2024

Joe Biden’s “cognitive failure” could result in him refusing to relinquish power in the US, but Donald Trump‘s mental deterioration is worse, an expert has warned.

After an investigation into Biden’s retention of classified documents, the prosecutor raised alarming concerns about the President’s cognitive regression.

Special Counsel Robert Hur said Biden would not be charged even if he were not in office because a jury would see him as a well-intentioned, elderly man with limited memory.

These comments have raised concerns about Biden’s ability to lead the most world’s most powerful country.

But Trump’s gaffes – such as mistaking Nikki Haley for Nancy Pelosi – have shown that his mental decline is “more apparent” than Biden’s, according to an expert.

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Paul Quirk, a political science professor at the University of British Columbia in Canada, told Newsweek: “The legitimate concern about Biden’s age is that by the end of a second term, he would be almost five years older than he is now.

“There is obvious potential for serious cognitive failure by then. And if it occurred, the real danger is that Biden would fail to recognize it, and refuse to let his vice president take over.

“From the standpoint of the campaign, Biden’s age should be less of an issue than Trump’s more apparent cognitive decline – displayed in slurred speech and gross, repeated errors in one campaign rally after another.”

Both Trump and Biden have tried to downplay their apparent cognitive issues, with Trump even saying in January that he took a mental fitness test and “aced it.”

And while Biden has also dismissed the concerns, Mr Quirk believes many Democrats want him to step aside.

However, the expert added that it is likely too late to replace Biden as the Democratic Party nominee for the upcoming election.

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He added: “Many or even most senior Democrats might prefer that he step aside. But they don’t have mechanisms for discussing the matter in confidence, arriving at a collective decision, and imposing it on Biden, other party members, and primary voters,”

“At this stage, we have seen no clear evidence that Biden has had enough cognitive decline to compromise his performance as president.

“He has been, if anything, surprisingly effective in policy terms. The Special Counsel’s report that called attention to Biden’s ‘memory problems’ has been widely disparaged as a partisan hit job.

“Who remembers what they did with various old documents several years later? Nor have there been rumors about White House staff or congressional leaders worrying that Biden was not up to the job,”