Will Biden undergo a cognitive test? 38 GOP Lawmakers think POTUS has Alzheimer's
Texas Rep. Ronny Jackson, who was also the doctor to Donald Trump during his tenure in the White House, has once again called for President Joe Biden to undergo a cognitive test. On February 9, Jackson and 27 other House GOP members signed a public letter urging the Commander-in-Chief to be tested, while insisting "something isn't right."
Jackson wrote a similar letter back in June 2021, but barely received any support or a response from the White House. Nonetheless, he's repeatedly attacked Biden's mental abilities. In July, he claimed Biden wouldn't finish his first term in office, and be succeeded by Kamala Harris. Then in August 2021, Jackson said Biden wasn't "'cognitively prepared" to be POTUS, The repeated attacks have drawn widespread condemnation from Democrats, but done little to dent Jackson's enthusiasm.
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In February 2022, Jackson finally found some allies in the form of 37 House Republicans, who co-signed the lengthy letter calling out several "mood changes" such as Biden's takedown of Fox News reporter Peter Doocey. That, along with other examples led the members to call for cognitive tests to become standard for all presidents.
'Follow the example of Trump'
"The American people should have absolute confidence in their President. They deserve to know that he or she can perform the duties of Head of State and Commander-in-Chief," the letter states. It then says, "They deserve full transparency on the mental capabilities of their highest elected leader. To achieve this, we urge you to submit to a cognitive test immediately." Defending the decision, Jackson noted that "The Alzheimer’s Association lists “changes in mood and personality,” including being more “easily upset” as one of ten signs of mental decline."
He then went on to list Biden's "mood change during a cabinet meeting on January 24, 2022," where he called Doocey a "stupid son of a b---h." Other examples listed include Biden's December 16, 2021, press conference where he confused the number of Americans who got the booster shot, and in February 2021 when Biden briefly forgot why he was visiting Texas. That led Jackson to write, "All Presidents should follow the example set by former President Trump to document and demonstrate sound mental abilities."
The letter was signed by a number of Trump's allies in the House of Representatives including Reps. Elise Stefanik, Andy Biggs, Jim Banks, Lauren Boebart, Madison Cawthorne, and Marjorie Taylor Greene. A notable number of those who signed, like Rep. Jeff Van Drew held medical degrees. Jackson then emailed Fox News to say, "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. Joe Biden has continually proven to me and to the world that something isn’t right."
The White House has not yet responded to Jackson's latest effort, but online it appears he's getting widespread support. Sean Hannity and Lou Dobbs were amongst the many who supported the letter on Twitter, calling for Biden to get tested.