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The man who used to be the White House doctor for former President Obama, who has now become a congressman, has serious concerns about the cognitive ability of Joe Biden and he wants to have it checked.
Dr. Ronny Jackson, a Texas Republican representative, said Thursday during an appearance on The Todd Starnes Show that he is calling on Biden to take a cognitive test and show the results to the people.
He said that, to him, Biden looked “very confused, very frail, very weak, and it just does not inspire confidence.”
“He’s always made gaffes here or there, but this is something different. This is repeated times where he can’t remember exactly what’s going on, where he’s at, what he’s doing, he looks confused…he just kind of stares off into space,” he said. “It’s time to get his physical exam done and that should include cognitive testing.”
He said he remembered when the media wanted Donald Trump to take the same test, which was administered by Dr. Jackson, who said: “Trump did extremely well.”
“I’m not diagnosing him with Alzheimer’s or anything, but I’m saying he has some definite cognitive decline that I think is age-related and it’s getting worse as time goes on,” he said. “It’s all very concerning.”
He said that he wanted the results to be shown to the public as he noted that Biden has had aneurysms and “there’s a part of your brain that never recovers.”
“Do you believe that there are others, perhaps being led by a committee, that are ultimately making these decisions and Biden is just the guy out in front of the cameras?” Starnes said.
“Absolutely. I believe he’s just the guy in front of the cameras. That’s just my personal opinion,” the representative said. “It’s just disturbing that he can’t answer questions from the press. They will not put him in front of the press unless they hand-select who the questions are coming from. They’re giving the questions ahead of time. You can tell because he’s got notes. He calls on reporters in order. He references his notes after the question, indicating they…prepared him with talking points.”
“This isn’t the way it’s supposed to work. President Trump didn’t do that. President Trump walked up into an entirely hostile press and took questions from anybody and everybody. He would stand up there and takes questions for hours…and that’s what we should expect from our president and we’re not getting that. We’re getting a very sheltered individual who’s being directed by his staff and he mentions frequently if he deviates from them telling him what to do, he’s going to get in trouble,” he said.
“Do you believe he’s going to be able to finish out his term?” Starnes asked.
“I do not. I don’t think so. I’ve said that from the beginning,” Jackson said. “Four years is a long time if you’re already having this kind of difficulty early in your tenure…I do not have the level of confidence that tells me he’s going to make it four years. I just think it’s going to progressively get worse and worse.”
He looked to House Speaker and California Rep. Nancy Pelosi’s panel on the 25th Amendment and said he believed it was more meant for Biden than it was for Trump.
Section 4 of the 25th Amendment has a clause for what would happen if the president was not capable of fulfilling his duties.
“Whenever the Vice President and a majority of either the principal officers of the executive departments or of such other body as Congress may by law provide, transmit to the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives their written declaration that the President is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office, the Vice President shall immediately assume the powers and duties of the office as Acting President,” it reads.
The Amendment has not been tested yet, particularly not for cognitive issues, but judging by Biden’s performance in Europe it could be something that will come into play before 2024.