Rep. Ronny Jackson, a Texas Republican best known for serving as White House physician under then-President Donald Trump, is once again calling for Joe Biden to undergo a cognitive assessment, Fox News reports, amid concerns from some that the 78-year-old Democrat may be suffering from an undiagnosed condition that could affect his ability to lead.
Though Biden hasn’t undergone a health screening as president that would suggest as much, Jackson and other Republicans have long questioned whether Biden is mentally fit enough to lead the free world.
“We need to get it done”
As the White House physician, the now-congressman administered to Trump the Montreal Cognitive Assessment (MoCA). According to Fox, the test was completed in response to demands from Democrats for proof of Trump’s cognitive ability.
Now, Jackson is arguing that it’s time for Biden and his party to follow suit.
“The far left and the mainstream media were demanding that [a cognitive assessment] be the new standard for anybody who’s going to lead our country and be our Commander-in-Chief and our head of state,” Jackson said in a weekend interview with Fox. “I’m just saying I agree with them at this point — we need to get it done.”
“He’s just not aging gracefully”
Jackson went on to speculate about Biden’s mental health. “You don’t need to be a physician to look at this behavior and see there’s something concerning happening,” he opined Saturday.
“You can go back — there’s 40 years of tape of this man, he’s always made gaffes and stuff — but these are different, he’s confused, he’s disoriented,” the doctor argued.
Just last week, Biden was described by Breitbart as giving a “confused” response to a reporter’s question about Russia during an appearance in Michigan.
“We all know people who are 100 years old, who basically are as sharp as a tack, and we know people who are in their mid-60s that are having some cognitive difficulties…and I think he’s on that end of the spectrum,” Jackson remarked, according to Fox. “He’s just not aging gracefully at this point.”
The “precedent has been set”
Biden is expected to undergo a physical exam “later this year,” Fox notes. If he does, it would mean he went for his first physical as president before either of his last two predecessors, who underwent their own health screenings during their second years in office.
It remains unclear, however, whether a cognitive assessment will be part of that exam. But in Jackson’s eyes, it definitely should be.
“I’m just asking them, when you do the physical exam, include the cognitive assessment,” he urged the White House on Saturday. “As far as I’m concerned, the standard precedent has been set and they need to follow and do the same.”