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Members of Congress reportedly fear for California Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s health and are claiming that she can no longer carry out the duties of her office while warning that the oldest member of Congress’ mental fitness is “rapidly deteriorating.”
At least four unnamed senators and three former staffers are now coming forward to ring alarm bells over Feinstein’s mental state, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. This is not the first time that Democrats have attacked the moderate Democrat in recent years, claiming she is unfit to hold office.
“It’s bad, and it’s getting worse,” one Democratic senator told the newspaper.
One anonymous colleague claims they had to be reintroduced a number of times to Feinstein over a period of several hours while discussing policy. This same person also contends that they spoke with the veteran senator about the same small-talk topics over several hours without any indication from Feinstein that she had already discussed the same topics recently.
Dianne Feinstein is “rapidly deteriorating,” her colleagues say (anonymously). Despite evidently being unable to remember who she’s talking to, she’s set to remain in office through 2024. https://t.co/EoGuguSyLi pic.twitter.com/4RbBlwCUvZ
— Christopher Ingraham (@_cingraham) April 14, 2022
“I have worked with her for a long time and long enough to know what she was like just a few years ago: always in command, always in charge, on top of the details, basically couldn’t resist a conversation where she was driving some bill or some idea. All of that is gone,” one congressperson said. “She was an intellectual and political force not that long ago, and that’s why my encounter with her was so jarring — because there was just no trace of that.”
According to her co-workers, Feinstein’s memory lapses are not constant and differ from day to day. She held her own during the confirmation hearings of Supreme Court nominee Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson but evidently could not recognize some of her colleagues on other days, according to reports.
Dianne Feinstein (D) Age 88 is the perfect example of why we need term limits! Who Agrees?
— It’s Common Sense! (@TimeToVoteRed) April 14, 2022
Feinstein adamantly denied the allegations about her mental acuity and claims that she is still performing her duties as required.
“The last year has been extremely painful and distracting for me, flying back and forth to visit my dying husband who passed just a few weeks ago,” Feinstein recounted concerning her husband’s passing from his battle with cancer on March 4. “But there’s no question I’m still serving and delivering for the people of California. And I’ll put my record up against anyone’s.”
Other members of Congress hotly defended the senator and basically told others to back off and let her serve out her term which ends in 2024.
It is “unconscionable that, just weeks after losing her beloved husband of more than four decades and after decades of outstanding leadership to our city and state, she is being subjected to these ridiculous attacks that are beneath the dignity in which she has led and the esteem in which she is held,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi asserted.
Age is not just a number-Biden is the oldest sitting president in US history the current US Senate is the oldest in history Dianne Feinstein, the oldest senator 88 and has held her seat since '92. She Six senators are at least 80 23 in their 70s We need age limits and #TermLimits pic.twitter.com/16WNM4NmKT
— Lola (@125LolaLola) March 15, 2022
This has been going on for some time. The left has been after Feinstein to step down since at least 2020 when The New Yorker published a report in December of that year airing rumors that she was in cognitive decline. Those rumors seemed to have surfaced because certain Democrats did not approve of Feinstein’s deferential treatment of Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett.
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