Dozens of GOP lawmakers again urge Biden to take cognitive test
Nearly 40 Republicans are demanding that Joe Biden receive cognitive tests and have his results shared with the public, writing in a letter to the president “we are concerned about your cognitive and mental abilities.”
“We believe that, regardless of gender, age, or political party, all presidents should follow the example set by former President Trump to document and demonstrate strong mental capabilities,” wrote 38 GOP members of the Congress to Mr. Biden on Tuesday.
The president had his last medical in November and was deemed ‘fit to successfully perform the duties of the presidency’ by the White House physician, although it’s unclear whether that assessment included mental testing. .
The Independent contacted the White House for comment.
The group of critics, which made a similar request last year, includes Rep. Ronny Jackson of Maryland, Donald Trump’s former White House doctor who performed cognitive tests on the former president.
“Is this man cognitively fit to be president?” Mr. Jackson said in an interview on Fox News. “Every time the president did his physical, I gave him a cognitive test. President Trump was the first president to have one, and that’s because the far left and the liberal media demanded it. They were relentless in their pursuit of me and took a cognitive test as part of it.
Mr Jackson withdrew his nomination in 2018 for the post of Secretary of Veterans Affairs, amid allegations of inappropriate conduct while serving as the White House medical officer in several presidential administrations. A MoD Inspector General report found that Mr Jackson made sexually inappropriate remarks about his female colleagues, appeared to drink heavily and, once drunk, knocked on the door of a subordinate in the middle of the night saying, “I need you. Ronny Jackson denied the allegations, calling them “political workbecause of his association with President Trump.
In their letter, Republicans cite multiple examples of the president’s alleged cognitive decline, a popular conservative talking point. They include Mr. Biden, who was once called a “goof machine”, awkward names and places on the campaign trail, as well as calling a Fox News reporter a “dumb son of ab****” in January on a hot mic.
Commentators and medical professionals have frequently made armchair diagnoses of Donald Trump when he was in office, including a petition of 60,000 psychologists who declared him unfit for his duties. An entire book has been written about Mr. Trump’s mental health.
The former president was eventually cognitively tested and publicly bragged about his supposedly superior mental acuity.
“Actually, it’s not that easy. But for me it was easy,” he said, adding that he submitted to the tests so he could “shut up these people” who questioned his mental function.
In 2020, Mr. Trump turned that line of criticism against Joe Biden.
“Joe should take this test because something is going on, and I say that with respect,” Mr Trump said at the time. “I want to say, [it’s] will probably happen to all of us, right? You know it will happen. But we can’t risk that happening.
These sorts of political media board games are nothing new.
In fact, the American Psychiatric Association explicitly prohibits its members from commenting on the mental state of politicians from afar because of a 1964 article in Do magazine featuring doctors questioning whether GOP presidential candidate Barry Goldwater is fit for office.