US President Donald Trump said he has noticed a sudden improvement in Democratic challenger Joe Biden’s performance in the Democratic TV debates and wants Biden and himself to submit to a drug test before their first TV debate on 29 September.
“Nobody thought that he was even going to win,” Trump told the Washington Examiner.
“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 he thought had happened to Biden, Trump retorted: “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.”
Trump was asked if he was comparing to a boxing match, where a drug test takes place beforehand.
“Well, it is a prizefight,” Trump said. “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.”
Trump said he had no 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?'”
Donald Trump, the Republican nominee and sitting US President, and Biden have agreed to three debates before the Presidential election on November 3.
In the 2016 Presidential race, Trump suggested his then-Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton, had been “getting pumped up” before their debates and challenged her to take a drug test ahead of their final live TV encounter. The Clinton camp refused.