President Trump says he and Joe Biden both plan to take substance tests before their first debate on September 29, according to an Oval Office interview with the Washington Examiner.
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Trump “expressed suspicion at what he said was a sudden, marked improvement in Biden’s debate performance during the Democratic primary season,” which Trump thought was due to the use of performance-enhancing drugs, according to a Washington Examiner study.
“Nobody thought that he was even going to win,” Trump said of Biden-who took part in 11 debates during the primary season. In Biden’s results, Trump indicated a major difference between the first debates against a crowded Democratic field and the last debate against Sen. Bernie Sanders on March 15.
“… 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.”
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Q: “What do you think was going on?”
“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,” Trump answered. “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.”
Q: “Is this like a prizefight, where beforehand you have a test?”
“Well, it is a prizefight,” Trump answered. “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.”
The president based his call entirely on his own observations, and not on any actual knowledge of Biden’s actions. “All I can tell you is that I’m pretty good at this stuff,” he said. “I look. I watched him in the debates with all of the different people. He was close to incompetent, if not incompetent. And against Bernie he was normal…And I say how does that happen?”
The first Trump-Biden debate will be held at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, in a little more than a month. The president did not indicate when he would make his drug test request, or even to whom. But he appeared to know that there is little chance such a thing would actually happen. “I think it’s appropriate,” Trump said. “I don’t know that they’ll let me do it, but I think that they should do it.”
“Go back and watch his performances in some of those debates,” Trump continued. “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.”
Team Biden still looking for a way out of the debates
In the meantime, Biden backers have been searching for ways to wriggle out of an in-person debate entirely. Notre Dame withdrew from hosting the first Trump-Biden debate after the Deputy Health Director of St. Joseph County argued against it, and the college cited a “diminished educational value.”