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‘Age Has To Be Managed’: Mika Brzezinski Throws Biden’s Staff Under The Bus For Poor Debate Performance

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MSNBC host Mika Brzezinski blamed President Joe Biden’s staff Monday for his poor performance in a CNN debate, saying they had to manage his schedule better to account for his age.

Several media outlets, including The New York Times, called for Biden to step aside from the 2024 campaign, citing Biden’s debate performance against former President Donald Trump on Thursday, during which he froze at least twice, lost his train of thought, appeared stiff and made verbal gaffes. Brzezinski said that Biden could still run the country if his staff managed his age-related issues appropriately. (RELATED: Joe Scarborough Defended Biden’s Mental Fitness Just Days Ago. Now, He Thinks He ‘May Not Be Up To’ Job)

“I really question his schedule. It makes me angry that he was moving across the world on four different time zones. It seems to me this is a lack of discipline,” Brzezinski said. “These were important events that he was going to, but the stakes in this election could not be any higher. Like many, I want to know, was this a one-off episode or a sign of what’s to come? Can his team and the president himself move forward with more discipline and also manage the fact that he is 81? And while we’re at it, let’s talk about his age. Age is wisdom and experience. In the case of Joe Biden, it leads to more bipartisan legislation passed than any president over the past few generations and the largest expansion of NATO’s alliance in history. Under Joe Biden and his age, America is stronger economically and militarily than any time in half a century.”

“While facts may not matter to Donald Trump and his friends in the far-right media, those are the objective facts. That is the undeniable truth,” Brzezinski said after tallying Biden’s accomplishments as part of a monologue extending over the first 15 minutes of “Morning Joe,” with her husband and co-host, Joe Scarborough, absent. “Here’s another truth. Age also needs to be managed. On my 50 over 50 lists, I celebrate women who are reaching their highest power while over 50, 60, 70, 80, even 90, and, yet, every one of those women are managing their fabulous age. I – I don’t think it’s over.”

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Brzezinski had earlier expressed the opinion that “something was wrong” with Biden from the moment the president shuffled onto the stage for the debate with Trump.

“For me, watching what happened last night, again, it was terrible,” Brzezinski said during the Friday episode of “Morning Joe,” during which she clashed with her husband and co-host. “It was terrible, there’s no way to spin it. I still wonder what he’s going to look like in a week. I wonder if he was sick. He came out on the stage, and I thought something was wrong.”

Biden’s age and mental fitness were issues dogging the president’s campaign before Thursday night’s debate. On multiple occasions, Biden said he spoke with people who had died, including claiming Feb. 8 to have spoken with former German Chancellor Helmut Kohl about the Jan. 6, 2021, riot at the Capitol, even though Kohl died in 2017, three days after he claimed to have spoken with former French President Francois Mitterrand, who passed away in 1996. (RELATED: ‘Here’s The Issue’: MSNBC Data Guru Lays Out Obstacles To Dems Replacing Biden)

In September 2022, Biden asked for Republican Rep. Jackie Walorski of Indiana, who was killed along with two staffers in an August 2022 motor vehicle accident, during a conference on hunger. Biden has also suffered multiple falls during his term in office, including one at the Air Force Academy in June 2023, as well as falling down while on his bike in June 2022 and stumbling on the steps of Air Force One on multiple occasions.

Biden currently trails former President Donald Trump by 1.9% in a national head-to-head matchup, according to the RealClearPolling average of polls, with Trump’s lead growing to 2.9% when independent candidates Cornel West and Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and Green Party candidate Jill Stein are included.

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