Before being elected to Congress, Rep. Ronny Jackson (R-TX) served as the White House physician under both former Presidents Barack Obama and Donald Trump, and he, like many other Americans, has serious concerns about the cognitive capabilities and mental health status of current President Joe Biden.
In fact, the congressman has repeatedly asserted that Biden, as Trump did before him, should immediately submit to a cognitive exam and mental health screening and that the results of those tests must be made public for the American people to see for themselves, the Conservative Brief reported.
Biden is “not fit to be our president right now”
During an interview in late February, Rep. Jackson said of President Biden, “The whole country is seeing his mental cognitive issues on display for over a year now, and there’s really no question in most people’s minds that there’s something going on with him, that he’s not cognitively the same as he used to be and, in my mind, not fit to be our president right now.”
“Every time he gets up and talks to the American people, it’s not just the American people that are watching him speak, it’s the whole world, and that’s part of what the problem is here,” the congressman continued. “He looks tired, he looks weak, he looks confused, he’s incoherent, and it sends a message of weakness all over the world, and they’re seizing up on that.”
“He’s got 40 years of tape, you can go back and look at this man, so it’s not like we don’t have anything to compare it to,” Jackson said in the interview. “You can go back and look, he’s always made gaffes, he’s always made missteps, but never like this,” and added, “These aren’t gaffes … This is something much more serious.”
The congressman went on to argue that Biden had proven himself to be “an ineffective leader” and, given that he serves as the “figurehead of American power,” was, unfortunately, a “sad representation of what America is right now.”
House GOP calls for cognitive assessment of president
That interview had come just a few weeks after Rep. Jackson and several dozen of his House GOP colleagues had sent a letter to President Biden that urged him to follow the example set by his predecessor Trump and undergo a test of his cognitive abilities and mental health in order to reassure the American people.
The letter pointed to recent polling at the time which showed that roughly half of the American people harbored doubts about the president’s mental health status and highlighted several actions and remarks by Biden that had only served to bolster such skepticism and increase the urgency of the need to fully gauge his cognitive health.
Coinciding with that letter was a press release from Jackson in which he reiterated his call for Biden to undergo the same test that Jackson himself had performed on Trump, the Montreal Cognitive Assessment.
“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,” Jackson said at that time. “The American people deserve to have absolute confidence in their President’s cognitive ability.”
Public deserves to know what, if anything, is wrong
He went on to suggest that taking the test and making the results public would either reassure the people that everything was fine, or, perhaps, could help identify any one of several potential ailments the president could possibly be suffering from.
“This is not a partisan issue. When I discussed taking a cognitive test with President Trump, he was eager to assure the American people and to put the fake news media’s stories to bed,” Jackson added. “Why won’t President Biden do the same? We can only assume the worst if he doesn’t submit to the same standard that his own party demanded of the last Administration. The precedent has been set.”