President TrumpDonald John TrumpMelania Trump used private email account while in White House, ex-friend says Trump reiterates call for drug test before debates, claims Biden ‘is on some kind of an enhancement’ How Markey took down a Kennedy MORE on Tuesday reiterated his call for both candidates to take a drug test ahead of the presidential debates this month, claiming without evidence that Democratic nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump reiterates call for drug test before debates, claims Biden ‘is on some kind of an enhancement’ Pro-Trump group poll: Voters prioritizing economy, have shifting views on protests Twitter removes video from Trump tweet after ‘Electric Avenue’ copyright complaint MORE is “on some kind of an enhancement.”
“He’s on some kind of an enhancement in my opinion,” Trump told Laura Ingraham on Fox News. “And I say we should both — I should take a drug test, so should he. Because we don’t want to have a situation where a guy is taking some kind of…
“It’s like athletes?” Ingraham asked, seeking clarity on what Trump was alleging.
“No. No. I want to take one,” Trump said. “I’ll take one, he’ll take one. we should both take a drug test.”
The president built his claim around the idea that Biden had dramatically improved his debate performance before his one-on-one debate with Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersTrump reiterates call for drug test before debates, claims Biden ‘is on some kind of an enhancement’ Latino groups bypass Democratic Party for campaign funding Author Ryan Girdusky: RNC worked best when highlighting ‘regular people’ as opposed to ‘standard Republicans’ MORE (I-Vt.) in March.
Trump last week first raised the idea of drug testing for him and Biden before the debates this fall. He made a similar argument then, and offered no evidence to support his suggestion that Biden’s improvement could have been the result of drugs.
The president made the same demand during the 2016 cycle, saying he and then-Democratic nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonMelania Trump used private email account while in White House, ex-friend says Trump reiterates call for drug test before debates, claims Biden ‘is on some kind of an enhancement’ The Hill’s Campaign Report: Trump visits Kenosha | Primary day in Massachusetts | GOP eyes Minnesota as a battleground MORE should be tested.
Biden participated in 11 primary debates, most of which were against a crowded field of other contenders, but the last one was on March 15 against just Sanders. The Trump campaign has spent recent months asserting that Biden has declined mentally, sharing edited clips that show him stumbling over his words.