Concerns about President Joe Biden’s age and cognitive abilities remain persistent, and the recent incident at a labor event in Philadelphia has not helped his cause.
Video footage of the event showed the President tripping and falling, an occurrence that has reportedly caused unease within the White House.
“The president was waving at supporters at the Tioga Marine Terminal, when he walked to a stage to climb the stairs and suddenly tripped. He appeared to stumble twice before making it to the podium,” Fox News reported. “During his speech, he announced the building of a hydrogen hub as part of his clean energy initiative.”
Joe Biden tripping & falling has become so routine, than most Americans don't even pay attention anymore.
But we sure as Hell should be paying attention – because the rest of the world certainly is.
Stumbling Mumbling Joe – today in Philadelphia pic.twitter.com/2PNM5nivWJ
— Michael Hustus 🇺🇸 (@HustusMichael) October 13, 2023
After his fall at the Air Force Academy in June, Biden has been taking precautionary measures to prevent any further embarrassment. This includes wearing tennis shoes and limiting stair climbs in public.
Additionally, he has been receiving physical therapy from Drew Contreras, a specialist who previously worked with former President Barack Obama. The exercises prescribed are designed to improve his balance.
These precautions have not gone unnoticed by observers on social media, some of whom have expressed outrage over what they view as “elder abuse.”
The cause of Biden’s balance difficulties is believed to be due to a “combination of significant spinal arthritis” and “mild post-fracture foot arthritis,” according to his physician’s diagnosis.
With the election season fast approaching, Democrats are concerned that another public fall could potentially derail Biden’s campaign and fuel concerns about his age and fitness for office.
This has motivated Rep. Dean Phillips (D-MN) – who had previously teased a potential presidential run – to formally announce that he will challenge Biden in next year’s primary election during a CBS News interview that aired Thursday evening.
“I am. I have to,” Phillips told the anchor when asked if he was running. “I think President Biden has done a spectacular job for our country. But it’s not about the past. This is an election about the future. I will not sit still, I will not be quiet in the face of numbers that are so clearly saying that we’re going to be facing an emergency next November.”
The DC added:
Phillips was one of the first elected Democrats to warn against Biden running for reelection when he called for a “generational change” in July 2022. The congressman has also expressed concern that Biden’s candidacy could hand the White House back to former President Donald Trump, who has been leading the president for a potential 2024 rematch in a series of recent national and battleground state polls.
BREAKING: Rep. Dean Phillips (D-MN) is running for president, challenging Pres. Biden in the Democratic primary race.
— CBS Mornings (@CBSMornings) October 27, 2023
Earlier this week, Politico reported that Phillips has started making contact with Democratic operatives and officials in New Hampshire, signifying his intention to primary challenge Biden.
Last week, Phillips called Ray Buckley, Chair of the New Hampshire Democratic Party, to introduce himself.
This was later confirmed by Phillips himself in a conversation with Politico.