05 Aug JOE BIDEN’S DEMENTIA #5: HEALTH OF THE 2020 CANDIDATES XVI
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)