GOP Now Urging Biden To Take Cognitive Exam, Because His ‘Mental Decline’ Has ‘Become More Apparent’
A group of almost 40 members of the Republican Party have called on President Joe Biden, who is 79, to take a cognitive test and follow the example of former President Donald Trump.
The current push for Biden to take a cognitive test is coming on the heels of recent polling that has demonstrated that Americans are unsure of whether or not he’s really fit mentally to be occupying the Oval Office.
Former physician to the president, Rep. Ronny Jackson, a Republican from the Lone Star State, led a letter with 37 of his GOP colleagues addressed to President Biden on Tuesday that expressed their “concern” with the president’s “current cognitive state.”
“My colleagues and I are again asking President Biden to immediately undergo a formal cognitive screening exam, such as the Montreal Cognitive Assessment (MOCA),” Jackson went on to say to Fox News Digital in an email.
“As a former physician to three Presidents of the United States, I know what it takes mentally and physically to execute the duties of Commander-in-Chief and Head of State,” Jackson added. “Joe Biden has continually proven to me and to the world that something isn’t right. The American people deserve to have absolute confidence in their President’s cognitive ability.”
“‘Jackson said Biden’s taking ‘the cognitive test will be an important first step’ in reassuring Americans that the president is fit for office or ‘in identifying and properly treating symptoms of impairment that are consistent with a variety of cognitive diseases, such as Alzheimer’s, vascular dementia, Parkinson’s, or multiple sclerosis,'” Fox News reported.
“This is not a partisan issue. When I discussed taking a cognitive test with President Trump, he was eager to assure the American people and to put the fake news media’s stories to bed,” the former presidential doctor then wrote in his letter. “Why won’t President Biden do the same?”
“We can only assume the worst if he doesn’t submit to the same standard that his own party demanded of the last Administration,” he continued. “The precedent has been set.”
In their letter, the Republican lawmakers stated that they “believe that, regardless of gender, age, or political party, all Presidents should follow the example set by former President Trump to document and demonstrate sound mental abilities.”
“While you underwent your annual physical exam on November 19, 2021, you either did not face a cognitive test or those results were withheld from the public,” they letter read, going on to add that while the current physician to the president cleared the president physically, the lawmakers “are worried about your mental abilities.”
“The Alzheimer’s Association lists ‘changes in mood and personality,’ including being more ‘easily upset’ as one of ten signs of mental decline,” they said in the letter. “You displayed this type of mood change during a cabinet meeting on January 24, 2022, when you apparently did not know your microphone was on after finishing your opening remarks, and you called a White House reporter a ‘stupid son of a b—-’ in response to a question he asked on inflation.”
“The lawmakers also pointed to Biden’s stumbling when trying to say how many Americans have received the COVID-19 booster shot and wrote that the slip-ups are ‘not just a recent trend,’ saying the president’s ‘mental decline and forgetfulness have become more apparent over the past two years,'” the Fox News report said.
“Thirty-seven lawmakers joined Jackson on the letter, including Republican leadership members House Republican Conference chairwoman Rep. Elise Stefanik of New York, GOP conference vice chairman Mike Johnson of Louisiana, Republican Study Committee chairman Rep. Jim Banks of Indiana, as well as several members of the GOP Doctors Caucus,” the report continued.
When Fox News Digital made a request for a comment from the White House, they did not immediately respond.