President Joe Biden has long faced speculation that he has experienced a cognitive decline in recent years that has rendered him unfit to serve in the White House.
At least one media figure is placing the blame on first lady Jill Biden for allowing the president’s perceived deficiencies to play out on the world stage.
“A much more impeachable offense”
According to the Daily Wire, Fox News Channel personality Rachel Campos-Duffy leveled a harsh accusation at the first lady this week and soon thereafter received a demand for a public apology.
The Fox & Friends Weekend co-host cited the chaotic U.S. troop withdrawal from Afghanistan as evidence that Jill Biden should have stepped in to prevent her husband from running for president in the first place.
She described Joe Biden as “mentally frail” during her on-air discussion on Sunday — and it did not take long before the first lady’s spokesperson Michael LaRosa condemned the remarks in a statement of his own.
“I look at this and I think, well, we had a president who was impeached over a phone call,” she said in reference to the Afghanistan debacle. “This looks like a much more impeachable offense if you ask me.”
Campos-Duffy went on to assign blame for the “lack of leadership” she identified as an existential problem for the United States.
“I think she failed the country”
“You had some people on your show this week who were suggesting it was [adviser] Susan Rice and [former President Barack] Obama, and maybe [former Obama adviser] Valerie Jarrett,” Campos-Duffy said. “I’m sorry, as a political spouse, I can’t help but look at Jill Biden.”
She argued that the first lady knew her husband’s “state of mind” better than anyone else and should have acted to prevent his White House bid.
“And if you ask me, the most patriotic thing Jill Biden could have done was tell her husband — to love her husband — and not let him run in this mental state that he’s in,” Campos-Duffy added. “I think she failed the country as well.”
Within hours, multiple pundits launched verbal attacks at Fox News and the host for the remarks — and LaRosa soon weighed in with a tweet of his own.
“This is disgusting,” he wrote. “[Campos-Duffy] and [Fox News] know better. They can do better and their viewers deserve better. I hope they’ll apologize to the First Lady and leave this kind of talk in the [trash] where it belongs.”