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Presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden shrugged off a question (8/04/20) about taking a cognitive assessment test. Black CBS reporter Errol Barnett was the questioner. Biden responded, “No, I haven’t taken a test. Why the hell would I take a test?” Biden then challenged the reporter in a peculiar way, “That’s like saying, You–before you got on this program you took a test where you’re taking cocaine or not, what do you think? Huh? Are you a junkie?” (Yahoo News, August 5, 2020, Brittany Shepherd)

The test referred to is The Montreal Cognitive Assessment (MoCA), a brief, 30-question test that helps healthcare professionals detect cognitive impairments very early on, allowing for faster diagnosis and patient care. MoCA is the most sensitive test available for detecting Alzheimer’s disease, measuring executive functions and multiple cognitive domains which are important components not usually measured.

Dr Ziad Nasreddine, Neurologist, a graduate of the University of Sherbrooke, Quebec, is the founder of the test which has been employed in many countries during the past twenty years. Dr. Nasreddine, in a recent CNN interview, stated that the test is actually hard” for “normal people” Only about 10% get all the questions right. (LaCorte News, July 24, 2020, Damjan Tutarkov)

MoCA was administered to President Trump by then presidential physician Admiral Ronny Jackson as part of a routine physical examination in January 2018. The president passed the test with a high score. Jackson recently commented, “If (Trump) goes head to head with Joe Biden cognitively, there just wouldn’t be much of a comparison. It would be very one-sided.” (Breitbart, July 11, 2020, Kyle Olson)

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  • Warren Braun
    Posted at 12:12h, 06 August Reply

    The real test would be his participation in a fair debate with the incumbent President. I am not betting that will happen, nor am I betting that Biden remains the Democrat candidate on election day.

  • Al Melvin
    Posted at 16:42h, 10 August Reply

    I appreciate that this issue is being addressed at this site and a few other websites. The mainstream media is totally avoiding the daily verbal and mental blunders made by Biden. They are hiding Biden from the American voting public and thus they are protecting him from proper scrutiny. Hopefully, all Americans will become aware of Biden’s mental and memory deterioration well before the Nov 3 election. At least one presidential debate will expose Biiden’s sad mental state. Regards, Al Melvin

  • Frank Perroni
    Posted at 16:07h, 13 August Reply

    I Agree that the Presidential Debates are essential to a fair review of the Candidates. These “one on one” Debates could be compared to “Pre-employment interviews.
    Prior to choosing the best candidate for an essential position, several interviews and tests are conducted to separate the good, from the best suited persons
    to fulfill the positions of importance at a company.

    If our President’s role, as Chief Executive and Commander in Chief of the Military is the most important “job” in the USA,
    then the qualifying rounds of interviews and tests of their policies and articulation should be seen by the general public who make the final decision before
    awarding the job to the most qualified candidate.

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