Back when the Joe Biden secured the Democratic nomination, Donald Trump repeatedly attacked his cognitive function. That strategy began to backfire when Biden regularly made speeches and answered questions with no signs of cognitive decline.
So Trump moved onto a new attack. He accused Biden of using some kind of performance enhancing drug to improve his memory. On Monday night, Fox’s medical expert Dr. Marc Siegel speculated that Biden could be taking adderall during events, but the Doctor offered no proof.
Siegel made the comments during an appearance on Tucker Carlson’s show. He prefaced his theory, “I haven’t examined the former vice president, I don’t have a clinical diagnosis to make. I want to put forth some ideas tonight,” Siegel said, while telling Carlson “they’re not proof, they’re not even theories” before saying this.”
The Doctor then discussed two brain surgeries Biden had in 1988. He then said:
“President Trump says we should have drug testing before debates, and I’m thinking why would he be saying that? Let me tell you one reason, Tucker. There’s a study that shows that for people who have mild cognitive thinking or memory problems, you know what helps? Speed. You know it helps? Adderall. A drug that I prescribed. These drugs can help in low doses for short periods of time. In the Olympics, we are testing athletes. Baseball games, we don’t want anybody to juice. We’re looking for competitive advantage.”
Fox News' Dr. Marc Siegel is lending credence to Trump's baseless claims that Biden is using performance enhancing drugs:
"You know what helps? Speed. You know what helps? Adderall. A drug that I prescribe. These drugs can help in low doses for short periods of time." pic.twitter.com/6hmySCw2Ei
— Justin Baragona (@justinbaragona) September 22, 2020
Dr. Neil Kassall, who has examined Biden, said in 2019, “He is every bit as sharp as he was 31 years ago. I haven’t seen any change. I can tell you with absolute certainty that he had no brain damage, either from the hemorrhage or from the operations that he had. There was no damage whatsoever.”
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Todd Neikirk is a New Jersey based politics and technology writer. His work has been featured in psfk.com, foxsports.com and Pet Lifestyles Magazine. He enjoys sports, politics, technology and spending time at the shore with his family.