Joe Biden's Team Slams Fox News For Spreading 'Baseless Lies' About His Health

Former Vice President Joe Biden's 2020 campaign team fired back at Fox News personalities this week for spreading "baseless lies" about the Democratic candidate's health.

In recent weeks, Fox Business Network's Lisa "Kennedy" Montgomery and Fox News Channel's Sean Hannity have speculated that the 76-year-old Democratic candidate was secretly addressing health issues during several on-air segments, according to The Daily Beast. The question of Biden's health was reportedly first raised by Kennedy during a broadcast of FNC's The Five on May 29.

"He is much more like Hillary Clinton, because if you talk to Democrats, who are working for different campaigns, all of the aggressive gossip whisperers — and this is where the action is happening in terms of opposition research — it's people having a few drinks at a bar and whispering, 'You know there is something wrong with the former vice president,'" she said. "But that's what they are actively doing right now. And it is surprising because they are concerned with taking Biden down and getting their candidate out there."

Kennedy suggested — in another segment last week — that Biden's campaign employees should keep the former vice president "off a main stage" as he says "stupids things and he slurs." Biden also "does look very tired," she added.

Later in the program, Kennedy praised Sen. Bernie Sanders (I -VT), who announced his 2020 presidential bid in February, for comparing Biden to 2016 Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. Although Sanders was referring to a lack of enthusiasm around the "establishment" candidates, Kennedy claimed he was comparing their similarly poor health conditions. "The more damage that [comparison] does, you go, 'You know we haven't seen Joe a lot, maybe he has hidden health issues, is always wearing an overcoat,'" she said.

Meanwhile, Hannity took similar jabs at Biden's health during his top-rated prime-time show last week. "Joe Biden's tired," he announced. "He does not have the energy for this. He's not up for this challenge. They're already hiding him like they hid Hillary. They don't want him out there."

In a statement to the Daily Beast, TJ Ducklo, Biden 2020 campaign's national press secretary, condemned the rumors and suggestions being spread on FNC and FBN. "These are baseless lies meant to stoke fear in their viewers," he said. "It has no place in our public discourse, and anyone amplifying it bears some responsibility for giving it legitimacy it most certainly does not deserve."

Fox News did not immediately respond to Newsweek's request for comment.

In the latest CNN/Des Moines Register/Mediacom Iowa Poll, released on Saturday, Biden continued to lead the crowded 2020 Democratic field with 24 percent. Sanders fell behind in second place with 16 percent, while Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg came in third and fourth, with 15 and 14 percent respectively.

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Former vice president and 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden speaks to a crowd at a Democratic National Committee event at Flourish in Atlanta on June 6, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. Biden's 2020 team have fired back at Fox News for spreading "baseless" lies about his health. Dustin Chambers