Rep. Ronnie Jackson, a former White House physician who has served in Democratic and Republican administrations, said Saturday that Democrats who called for former President Donald Trump to take a cognitive test should now demand that President Joe Biden take one.
Jackson, a Texas Republican who was elected to Congress last fall, noted that shortly after Donald Trump took office, questions arose about his mental capabilities, leading the former president to take the Montreal Cognitive Assessment (MoCA), which is a 30-point test serving as an indicator of potential memory problems.
“The far left and the mainstream media were demanding that 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 told Fox News on Saturday.
“I’m just saying I agree with them at this point — we need to get it done,” he added.
In noting that he administered the exam to Trump, Jackson further explained it doesn’t focus on measuring IQ but is instead aimed at uncovering age-related mental issues including dementia and overall declines in cognitive abilities.
Jackson’s comments come as questions concerns about Biden’s mental capacity increase following a series of bizarre actions during recent press conferences, including leaning forward repeatedly and whispering into the microphones, as well as ongoing struggles to remember details.
Last month, White House officials said that Biden is scheduled to have a physical exam “later this year,” which would come sooner than Trump’s medical exam during his term; Trump and then-President Barack Obama both had their medical exams at the beginning of their second year in office.
Jackson pointed out to Fox News that the White House hasn’t said whether a MoCA test will be part of Biden’s overall health exam while stating that Trump actually set a new standard for measuring the mental capacity of a sitting president, which he said Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) even recognized at one point.
She introduced legislation in October 2020 that would establish a bipartisan commission of health assessors whose job it would be to measure a president’s capacity to serve.
“This legislation applies to future presidents, but we are reminded of the necessity of action by the health of the current president,” Pelosi told reporters at the time. “It’s not about any of us making a judgment about the president’s well-being.”
Last year, Jackson credited Trump’s mental and physical health as he praised him for his quick decision-making as the COVID-19 pandemic swept across the country. And he has also praised Trump’s “energy and stamina” in the past.
As for Biden, Jackson believes it has become obvious that he is struggling mentally.
“I think he’s demonstrating every single day that there is something going on,” he said, adding: “You don’t need to be a physician to look at this behavior and see there’s something concerning happening.”
Jackson went on to point to several occasions where Biden appears to be slow and “confused.”
“You can go back – there’s forty years of tape of this man – he’s always made gaffes and stuff but these are different, he’s confused, he’s disoriented,” said the Texas Republican.
“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-60’s that having some cognitive difficulties…and I think he’s on that end of the spectrum,” Jackson added.
“He’s just not aging gracefully at this point,” said the physician before returning to his initial point about Democrats pressing for a mental exam.
“I’m just asking them, when you do the physical exam include the cognitive assessment,” Jackson said. “As far as I’m concerned the standard precedent has been set and they need to follow and do the same.”
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