Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden may have used a teleprompter during an interview he conducted in April, fueling speculation that he reads his answers rather than formulates his own responses.
The Trump campaign has argued for months that Biden is not “all there” mentally and has been reading from a script during these interviews in an effort to sound more articulate.
The Daily Caller reports the new speculation comes as a clip of the April interview with James Corden went viral over the weekend. In the clip, Biden holds up a picture to the camera, reflecting his computer screen and what many people believed to be a teleprompter.
From the report:
The interview proceeds normally until Biden decides to grab a framed photo of himself and his two sons. He holds the large photo in front of the camera, revealing a reflection of a display screen showing both Corden and what appears to be teleprompter text.
Check it out:
Joe Biden was using a teleprompter for an interview with James Corden. pic.twitter.com/wqBrhqNVHW
— Steve Guest (@SteveGuest) September 12, 2020
Check out the teleprompter in the reflection. Biden blatantly read from a script for most of the interview with James Corden.
I bet his handlers weren’t too happy with him going off script. He probably got reprimanded. pic.twitter.com/BPK2FGB8cz
— Michael Moore (@mbracemoore) September 12, 2020
Biden has spent most of the last few months in his own basement—in an effort to combat the spread of the coronavirus—and has been subsequently forced to conduct interviews and speeches remotely.
President Trump tweeted in July about Biden’s use of a teleprompter, comparing the situation to how his former opponent Hillary Clinton was given debate questions.
Biden was asked questions at his so-called Press Conference yesterday where he read the answers from a teleprompter. That means he was given the questions, just like Crooked Hillary. Never have seen this before!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 1, 2020
A Biden spokesperson recently refused to answer if Biden is conducting interviews by reading his responses. The Daily Caller reports:
The moment came months before Biden campaign spokesman TJ Ducklo refused to answer questions from Fox News host Bret Baier on Friday about whether Biden was using teleprompters to speak with voters or conduct interviews.
“Has Biden ever used a teleprompter during local interviews or to answer Q&A with supporters?” Baier asked during a segment of Fox News’ “Special Report.”
Ducklo did not answer but instead said the question was “straight from the Trump campaign talking points.”