Jill Biden defends husband's cognitive ability from Trump attacks: 'It's ridiculous'

Jill Biden, the wife of presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenMore than 300 military family members endorse Biden Five takeaways from the final Trump-Biden debate Biden: 'I would transition from the oil industry' MORE, defended her husband’s cognitive abilities on Wednesday from attacks by the Trump campaign that she called “ridiculous.”

“It’s ridiculous,” she said on NBC’s “Today” Tuesday. “Joe is on the phone every single minute of the day talking to governors, Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiTrump predicts GOP will win the House Hillicon Valley: Five takeaways on new election interference from Iran, Russia | Schumer says briefing on Iranian election interference didn't convince him effort was meant to hurt Trump | Republicans on Senate panel subpoena Facebook, Twitter CEOs | On The Money: Pelosi cites progress, but says COVID-19 relief deal might be post-election | Eviction crisis sparked by pandemic disproportionately hits minorities | Weekly jobless claims fall to 787K MORE, he’s on Zoom, he’s doing fundraisers, doing briefings. He doesn’t stop from 9 in the morning until 11 at night.”


The Trump campaign has repeatedly sought to make Biden's mental acuity an issue and released an ad on Tuesday titled “What happened to Biden?”

The ad attacked the 77-year-old former vice president by showing video of him speaking eloquently during the Obama administration contrasted by footage of him stumbling on his words during the campaign.

Trump turned 74 in June and has also faced questions about his age and mental fitness.


During the primary campaign, Biden was also hit by at least one opponent, Julian CastroJulian CastroSanders says Democrats should have given more speaking time to progressives Castro says DNC should have put more Latino speakers on stage from beginning Jill Biden defends husband's cognitive ability from Trump attacks: 'It's ridiculous' MORE, over his memory. During a tense exchange at a September 2019 debate, Castro asked Biden if he'd forgotten what he said two minutes ago, drawing an audible reaction from the crowd.  

A July Monmouth University poll indicated more Americans, 52 percent, believe Biden is mentally and physically up to the job of president, compared to 45 percent who said the same for Trump. 

The same poll found 72 percent of Republicans said they are very confident about Trump’s stamina, compared to 47 percent of Democrats who said the same about Biden. Trump supporters are generally more enthusiastic in polls than Biden supporters.