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Former President Donald Trump is not playing around with President Joe Biden as the election season starts to get into swing.
The former president, who is the likely nominee of the Republican Party, has issued a direct challenge to the man who replaced him.
At a campaign rally this weekend the former president did not mention President Biden by name but said that every presidential candidate should have to take a cognitive test to see if they can handle the job of the presidency.
“I really believe it’s important,” the former president said. “I don’t know. They say it’s not constitutional. I don’t know why. They say it’s not constitutional to take an aptitude or cognitive test, but I think anybody running for president — that includes vice president and maybe even some other positions — I think taking certain tests … would be a good thing, personally. Not based on age, I don’t care if you’re 35 years old, but we want intelligent people. Now, that’s not a pure sign of intelligence, but we want people that are intelligent.”
“Only about 2% in this room can do it, but I did it,” he said. “I did it very easily, but I got mocked. They said, ‘Oh, that’s so easy.’ It’s not easy. It’s not easy — go home and try doing it, OK?”
“You would be amazed at how many people would fail it,” he said. “How do you think he’d do on a test? He might not get that first question right.”
He then brought his attention to the issues at the Southern border.
“When I’m president, instead of trying to send Texas a restraining order, I will send them reinforcements,” the president said to fans at Big League Dreams sports park in Las Vegas, Newsmax reported.
“Instead of fighting border states, I will use every resource, tool, and authority of the U.S. president to defend the United States of America from this horrible invasion that is taking place right now,” he said in the rally that aired live on Newsmax TV.
The former president said that if he wins back the White House, he will “deploy all necessary military and law enforcement resources to seal up the final section of the border.”
“We built over 500 miles of wall,” the former president said. “Usually, you like to know the other side, and you like to know where the other side’s coming from. Nobody to this day can explain why this open wound is good for our country.”
“With the Hispanic vote, we’re doing better now than the Democrat Party,” the former president said. “We’re going to repeal the invasion.”
He said when he came into the White House, the border was a disaster, but he did so much to fix it he could not campaign on the issue in 2020.
“I didn’t have the border to run on because I did such a good job with the border that the border wasn’t an issue,” he said. “I did such a good job. I took it out of play. And now I’m saying the border is in play like it’s never been in play before because what they’ve done is they’ve taken all of the things that I did to make it so good. Literally, we couldn’t put it in a speech. Nobody wanted to hear about the border. We had no border problem.”
“Crooked Joe Biden is fighting Texas to tear our beautiful border security down there,” the former president said.
“There has never been a country where millions and millions of people are able to flow in with no vetting, no checking, no nothing,” the former president said.
“We don’t know who they are. We don’t know where they come from … and we have no idea what we’re doing with our country. Our country’s going to hell because of incompetent or bad people,” he said.
He then thanked Texas Republican Gov. Greg Abbott for triggering the invasion clause to protect his state.