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“The View” star criticizes former boss Donald Trump's 'decline' in mental ability

“The View” star criticizes former boss Donald Trump's 'decline' in mental ability

Ex-White House staffer Alyssa Farah Griffin said Trump is "not as sharp as he was in 2016," after he confused Sioux City with Sioux Falls.

Donald Trump's brain might need a sharp shot of covfefe (or something like it), according to The View cohost and former White House staffer Alyssa Farah Griffin.

The 34-year-old Republican cohost criticized her ex-boss' cognition on Tuesday's episode of the long-running talk show, after moderator Whoopi Goldberg pointed out that Trump is a "couple of steps slower on the campaign trail" amid several "mental lapses" — including his claim that "Obama is Biden's boss" and mistakenly referring to Sioux City as "Sioux Falls" despite being within the Iowa city's limits at the time.

Sunny Hostin immediately threw the Hot Topics discussion to Griffin, calling her "the expert" on Trump's behavior after she worked for the former president's communications team throughout 2020.

<p>ABC; OFFICIAL WHITE HOUSE PHOTOGRAPH ARCHIVES</p> Alyssa Farah Griffin on 'The View'; Griffin and Donald Trump at the White House

ABC; OFFICIAL WHITE HOUSE PHOTOGRAPH ARCHIVES

Alyssa Farah Griffin on 'The View'; Griffin and Donald Trump at the White House

"He is not as sharp as he was in 2016, and many of us would argue that he wasn't that sharp then. You see a real decline in him. It's a fact you can't get past," Griffin said. "Our country is so polarized that Trump supporters see that and they don't think a thing about it. It doesn't really affect them. [They say] 'he's my tough guy, he's my fighter,' but they see any gaffe of Joe Biden's, and Joe Biden is 'aging' and he's 'too old.' It's a Rorschach test of where the country is."

Griffin also noted that Trump, 77, and Biden, who turned 81 on Nov. 20, are only about three years apart in age, though Hostin observed that "one rides a bike and one eats cheeseburgers" into their older years. Hostin also called Trump's incessant invocations of Barack Obama as a "dog whistle" or rallying cry for racists among his voting base.

EW has reached out to Trump's office for comment.

Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images; Drew Angerer/Getty Images Alyssa Farah Griffin and Donald Trump
Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images; Drew Angerer/Getty Images Alyssa Farah Griffin and Donald Trump

After resigning from Trump's communications team in 2020, Griffin has long spoken out against him, including calling him "reckless and unpredictable" at an Oct. 30 speaking event in New York City. She was even interviewed earlier in 2023 by federal prosecutors in a probe into the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection.

Secretary of State and Trump's main opponent in the 2016 election, Hillary Clinton, also appeared on The View in early November to caution the country against voting for Trump in 2024, predicting that a second-term Trump presidency would be "the end of our country."

The View airs weekdays at 11 a.m. ET on ABC.

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