At the very end of former Vice President Joe Biden's press conference largely focusing on the Trump administration's botched response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Fox News reporter Doug McKelway pressed Biden about being tested for his mental capacity -- a constant theme of Fox News and the Trump campaign since Biden became the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee.
McKelway, who has sent emails with white nationalist talking points and tweets attacking Democrats as “racial identity politics hucksters” while working at Fox News, seemingly ripped his question about a test about cognitive ability from the Trump campaign itself.
Moments later, Fox anchor (and former George W. Bush press secretary) Dana Perino asked conservative radio host Chris Plante about Biden’s remarks. Plante suggested that if Biden isn’t in cognitive decline, then everyone else was.
The Trump campaign immediately blasted out the clip of McKelway’s question as well.
👀 Biden admitted today he's “been tested” and is “constantly tested.”
Did Biden take a cognitive test? What were the results? Why is he getting frequently tested? pic.twitter.com/A4NCC8w2wC
— Trump War Room - Text TRUMP to 88022 (@TrumpWarRoom) June 30, 2020
At the top of the 3 p.m. “straight news” hour on Fox hosted by Bill Hemmer -- the hour which previously was helmed by Shep Smith -- McKelway reported from the scene, suggesting that Biden may have “mild dementia” based on widespread speculation, and that the press conference was the former vice president finally getting out of the basement:
As Matt Gertz noted, McKelway is a right-wing hack:
McKelway is the guy you send to cover Biden's campaign when, as Trump has said publicly, your network is a propaganda outlet seeking his reelection. https://t.co/rA9bIEylpt
— Matthew Gertz (@MattGertz) June 30, 2020
Meanwhile, as noted in the transcript above, Fox anchor Bill Hemmer praised McKelway.