President Donald Trump’s campaign on Tuesday demanded that Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden submit to a thorough ear inspection ahead of the first 2020 presidential debate to ensure that he has not been equipped with any special communications devices, Fox News reported, part of an ongoing effort by the president’s supporters to paint the former vice president as mentally incompetent.
The Biden campaign has responded by laughing off the Trump campaign’s demand — but that hasn’t stopped Trump campaign senior adviser Jason Miller from pressing the issue.
“What is Biden hiding?” Miller tweeted of the Democratic presidential nominee’s refusal to submit to an ear inspection.
Joe Lockhart, a former White House Press Secretary for President Bill Clinton, replied instantly to Miller to point out that he’s really not in position to demand transparency.
“You are the last person in the world who should be asking this question in public,” Lockhart wrote, in what appeared to be a veiled reference to accusations from former Trump campaign staffer A.J. Delgado that he tried to slip an abortion pill into a stripper’s drink after he got her pregnant.
What is Biden hiding? https://t.co/r636BrCEFr
— Jason Miller (@JasonMillerinDC) September 29, 2020
During a pre-debate call with reporters on Tuesday, Biden spokesperson Kate Bedingfield shot down the Trump campaign’s claims.
“Of course he’s not wearing an earpiece and we never asked for breaks,” Bedingfield told reporters. “His staff seems concerned that he may not do well tonight and they’re already laying the groundwork to lie about why.”
“It is pathetic, it’s weak, once again the Trump campaign is lying,” she said.
Certainly not his taxes
— BabyLisa (@sidecar542) September 29, 2020
Trump refuses to let his taxes out. Refuses to give a DNA sample in a rape case. Hides the notes taken by a translator for his secret Putin meeting. What is Trump hiding?
— Scott Elliston (@EllistonScott) September 29, 2020