Jill Biden defends Joe Biden's mental fitness, calls Nikki Haley's idea of competency test 'ridiculous'
KENYA, AFRICA: First Lady Jill Biden on Sunday, March 5, called Republican presidential nominee Nikki Haley's idea to mandate mental competency test for public employees over 75 years old "ridiculous." Jill add that President Joe Biden would never agree to take the test.
Jill asserted that she and her husband, who is already the oldest commander-in-chief in US history at 80 years old and would be 82 at his inauguration if reelected, would "never even discuss something like that." She responded, "Ridiculous," to the question regarding Haley's idea when it was brought up in an interview that was featured on March 5 'State of the Union' edition of CNN. Jill, whose complete interview will run Monday, March 6 at 9 pm, cited Joe Biden's unexpected journey to Kiev last month to meet with Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelensky to commemorate the one-year anniversary of Russia's invasion as evidence of the politician's tenacity.
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Jill stated, "How many 30-year-olds could travel to Poland, get on the train? Go nine more hours, go to Ukraine, meet with President Zelensky? So, look at the man. Look what he's doing. Look what he continues to do each and every day."
What is the intent of Nikki Haley's mental competency test?
When Haley, a former US ambassador to the UN, declared last month that she was running for 2024 presidential run, she made clear reference to Biden and former President Donald Trump, who is 76 and has already declared his candidature for the office again.
Haley, 51, spoke to the crowd as her campaign was formally introduced in Charleston, South Carolina as she said, "We are more than ready for a new generation to lead us into the future. Ready to move past the stale ideas and faded names of the past.”
'Exactly why WE NEED A COMPETENCY TEST!'
Many have responded to Jill's suggestion of President Biden never taking a mental competency test on Twitter with one person writing, "If she truly isn’t worried about the concerns over his age she shouldn’t be worried about the competency test either." Another person wrote, "Exactly why WE NEED A COMPETENCY TEST!"
If she truly isn’t worried about the concerns over his age she shouldn’t be worried about the competency test either— Robert Sanchez (@RobertS83828602) March 5, 2023
Exactly why WE NEED A COMPETENCY TEST!— 🇺🇸 Brice Partain 🇺🇸 (@BricePartain92) March 5, 2023
A third person wrote, "When Jill was asked to repeat her statement she said what statement?" The translation for Jill's test-related thoughts by another individual read, "Translation: 'You don't have to be able to think or problem solve to be President' -Jill Biden." Another person wrote, "Good thing no one cares what the First Lady’s opinions are."
When Jill was asked to repeat her statement she said what statement?— Rick (@rickiticki2270) March 5, 2023
Translation:— Kameron Loe (@KameronLoe) March 5, 2023
“You don’t have to be able to think or problem solve to be President”
Good thing no one cares what the First Lady’s opinions are— Moderate/Centrist (@IamIndependent0) March 5, 2023
America's opinions on politicians undergoing mental competency tests?
Insider and Morning Consult polling has previously found that more than 41% of Americans think that the ages of political leaders are a "major" problem and that more than 80% support having top political figures undergo physical and mental examinations. Furthermore, evidence demonstrates that mental decline with aging is unavoidable.
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