by Samantha Connor
He went there.
Former HUD Secretary Julian Castro took a shot Thursday at Joe Biden, accusing the former VP of flip-flopping on health care — and then basically suggested that Biden was senile, leaving the crowd shocked.
“The difference between what I support and what you support, Vice President Biden, is that you require them to opt in, and I would not require them to opt in. They would automatically be enrolled, they wouldn’t have to buy in,” Castro said to Biden.
“You do not have to buy in,” Biden responds.
“Are you forgetting what you said two minutes ago,” continues Castro. “Are you forgetting already what you said just two minutes ago? I can’t believe that you said two minutes ago that they had to buy in, and now you’re saying they don’t have to — you’re forgetting that.”
Julián Castro tangles with Joe Biden on health care.— Deena Zeina Zaru 👩🏻💻 (@Deena_Zaru) September 13, 2019
Biden: “They do not have to buy in.”
Castro: “You just said two minutes ago that they would have to buy in … Are you forgetting what you said two minutes ago?” https://t.co/EAl4Dalfwv #DemDebate pic.twitter.com/CKEGYGrhxF
Immediately after the exchange, the internet reacted with a mixture of humor and shock. Trevor Noah, the host of The Daily Show, tweeted a clip of the exchange with the caption, “Achievement Unlocked: Elder Abuse.”
Daily Wire Editor-at-Large Josh Hammer tweeted: “Castro straight-up accusing Biden of senility. Wow.”
Allie Beth Stuckey, host of the “Relatable” podcast, tweeted: “Castro with the dementia joke. Yikes.”
The exchange between the two former Obama administration officials came during a discussion about health care — specifically Medicare for All — at the Democratic presidential debate.
It wasn’t the only “senior moment” for the oldest presidential candidate in this debate. Biden later proclaimed “I’m the Vice-President of the United States.”
I swear, this isn’t even about being a trump supporter anymore; this guy has early stage dementia. Someone needs to get him to a medical professional for analysis— Adam 🇺🇸 (@USisAlways1st) September 13, 2019
If Biden is still leading the polls after this debate, you can make your travel plans for Trump’s 2nd inaugural right now.
I hope this guy gets the nomination.— KRWIII (@LFCKRWIII) September 13, 2019