Donald Trump Cognitive Test Speech Interrupted by Medical Emergency: Video


Donald Trump had his speech interrupted on Saturday because somebody in the crowd needed medical attention.

The former president was speaking in Las Vegas ahead of the GOP state primary on February 8.

He was discussing cognitive tests and said there should be mandatory examinations for people running for government roles. Both Trump and President Joe Biden’s cognitive ability has been the subject of much political analysis, with both making a number of gaffes and verbal slips during campaign speeches.

He paused and pointed towards someone in the crowd and said: “Medical. Medical please,” he added. “Are they OK? Doctor in the house, thank you.”

President Donald Trump on January 27, 2024, in Las Vegas. The GOP frontrunner was speaking ahead of the Nevada primary when a medical incident occurred.

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“I love those people, you know they’re waiting outside for 10 hours ,12 hours? I love you, darling,” he added.

“We don’t want to see anybody, even the other side, we don’t want to see them hurt,” he continued.

He said he would not have paused the speech if he had been making the State of the Union address but acknowledged it was hot outside before thanking medical staff again for their help. After around three minutes he resumed the speech, saying: “All right, let’s get going.”

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It is not the first time a Trump rally has been paused for medical reasons. In November 2018, a rally stopped for nearly 10 minutes after a woman collapsed and was later wheeled out on a stretcher from the Show Me Center in Cape Girardeau, Missouri.

“Is there a doctor in the house, please,” Trump said during the incident. “Doctor, please. Take your time. We have plenty of time, right?”

In a previous rally at Fort Wayne, Indiana, in the same month, Trump paused after a person required medical attention.

Trump’s rallies come at a time in which, according to polling aggregator FiveThirtyEight, he is expected to win the Republican primary with 70.7 percent of the overall vote share. His rival, former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, is expected to win 14.5 percent of the vote.

In a likely presidential election rematch between Trump and Democrat Biden, Saturday analysis by website Real Clear Polling has suggested that the Republican frontrunner will get 47.3 percent of the vote, ahead of the incumbent, who would get 43 percent of the vote share.

Biden also made a speech on Saturday. The president appeared in Columbia, South Carolina, where he called Trump a “loser” and attacked his economic policies.