#DementiaJoe is the latest hashtag attacking President Joe Biden, promoted by individuals who continue make assumptions and promote conspiracies about his mental health.
The hashtag began to trend after President Biden signed a $1.9 trillion stimulus package, injecting sorely needed aid into a country battered by the financial impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Some suggested critics should return the $1,400 stimulus checks that many Americans will be receiving.
I can only assume that the people using Dementia Joe will be refusing their $1400 stimulus check?
— Matt Strausbaugh (@agentgraves13) March 12, 2021
Can I assume that those who insist on calling Biden …Dementia Joe will be returning any monies they receive from the stimulus package? I mean if you think President Biden is doing such a terrible job…PLEASE RETURN MONEY TO THE TREASURY DEPARTMENT ASAP!
— KT (@sloyoroll01973) March 12, 2021
“Dementia Joe” is tending while Biden is passing some of the most historic legislation we’ve ever seen.
Checks are going out, vaccines are rolling, and the country may open around summer.
The choice for voters is simple: Insults or Results?
— David Yankovich (@DavidYankovich) March 12, 2021
Others pointed out that Fox News, which has been highly critical of Joe Biden since he announced his intention to run against former President Donald Trump, has an audience of senior citizens, who are most likely to die should they become infected with Covid-19.
Funny that Fox News is stigmatizing Joe Biden for being old, senile, being Dementia Joe, when the median age of their audience is 65. I SAID THE MEDIAN AGE OF THEIR AUDIENCE IS 65! TURN DOWN FOX NEWS SO YOU CAN HEAR ME TALKING! NEVER MIND. I SAID NEVER MIND!
— Mr. Newberger (@jeremynewberger) March 12, 2021
Meanwhile, others pointed out Trump’s missteps.
“Dementia Joe” is trending? This a great opportunity to remind MAGA about that time Trump forgot when 9/11 happened.
— NUFF (@nuffsaidny) March 12, 2021
Trump has often accused Biden of being in mental decline, referring to him as “Sleepy Joe” as recently as this morning, when he claimed (wrongly) that the Republican National Convention (RNC) received more viewers than the Democratic National Convention (DNC).
Questions about Biden’s mental health have dogged him in the wake of several high profile verbal flubs, including when he claimed that the United States has seen 150 million gun deaths since 2007. (The Biden campaign later said Biden misspoke and meant to mention “150,000 people killed in firearm homicides since then.”) Biden has been open about these flubs, attributing them to his stutter.
Alan is a writer, editor, and news junkie based in New York.