Biden brings up his brain aneurysm days after bloody eye incident.
In his Wednesday appearance on CNN during the network’s seven-hour climate town hall, part of Biden’s left eye filled with blood, prompting speculation about the cause and in the wake of concerns about the candidate’s age.
“Hopefully, this is no big deal,” tweeted former Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain.
The blood appeared to be the result of a burst blood vessel, a common occurrence for any age with many possible causes. The Biden campaign declined to comment on the record about the reason for the blood.
“It looks terrible but it's truly one of those things that looks bad but for the most part is not serious,” Dr. Thomas Steinemann, spokesman for the American Academy of Ophthalmology, told the Washington Examiner.
Biden has revealed little about his health since 2008, when he released his medical records as a vice presidential candidate.
NEW CASTLE, New Hampshire — After days of speculation about his health prompted by his eye filling with blood on live television, Joe Biden, 76, brought up one of the most traumatic health experiences he has endured: a brain aneurysm.
“I ended up with what they call a cranial aneurysm,” Biden said at a campaign event on Friday. “I had to be rushed to a hospital in the middle of a snowstorm, and the fact is, the president was nice enough to offer a helicopter to get me there. I couldn’t go up because of the altitude. My fire company got me down in time for [a] 13-hour operation and saved my life.”
Biden suffered the burst aneurysm in 1988, when he was a Delaware senator. Believing that he was close to death, a Catholic priest was preparing to administer Biden's last rites. Surgeons clipped a second aneurysm before it bust a few months later.
The former vice president told the story about his aneurysm as a way to praise firefighters, having been introduced at the event by the president of the International Association of Fire Fighters, Harold Schaitberger. The union endorsed Biden for president days after his campaign launch in late April.
Donald Trump Jr. on Joe Biden’s Mental Decline: He’s Had Two Brain Aneurysms Requiring Surgery.
By ROBERT KRAYCHIK
Former Vice President Joe Biden’s brain aneurysms and related brain surgeries are linked to his visibly impaired cognition, said Donald Trump Jr., author of Liberal Privilege: Joe Biden And The Democrats’ Defense Of The Indefensible, offering his remarks on Thursday’s edition of SiriusXM’s Breitbart News Daily with host Alex Marlow.
I quote Joe Biden’s own doctor [in my book],” said Trump Jr. “Americans don’t know that this guy’s had two brain aneurysms requiring brain surgery. The chances of being normal after one of those things is not very high. After two, it’s almost impossible.”
Biden “forgets where he is on a daily basis” and often “can’t remember the point that he’s trying to make so often like we saw in the debate when remember I’m oh, you know the thing and I all I don’t want to take any more,” observed Trump Jr.
“If the average American knew that the guy who wants the nuclear football actually has a real cause and effect relationship with mental deficiency, you’d start questioning it,” he said.
Trump Jr. noted news media’s broad refusal to report on Biden’s cognitive decline. “If Donald Trump made a Joe Bidenism, the media would be all over it every day. This guy does it and they’re like, ‘Oh, he’s brilliant.'”
“I don’t mean to make light of mental decline,” continued Trump Jr. “A lot of people know people that deal with these issues. These are really serious things, but we’re going to give this guy the nuclear football? He’s going to get the codes? We’re going to trust him with your 401k and the world’s largest economy and overseeing democracy?”
Biden’s damaged mind allows him to be a puppet of his handlers, warned Trump Jr.
“Joe Biden is simply the camouflage to get those people a position of power,” concluded Trump Jr., describing Biden as a vehicle for Marxist and communist ideology via politicians like Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), and former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-TX).