Three NC congressmen among 38 seeking Biden cognitive test
By Mitch Kokai
Three NC congressmen have joined 35 fellow Republicans in signing a letter asking President Biden to take a cognitive test.
“We are writing to you again to express our concern about your current cognitive status,” read the letter sent Tuesday to Biden, 79. Its author, Rep. Ronny Jackson, R-Texas, served both Barack Obama and Donald Trump as the president’s physician from 2013 to 2018.
Among the 37 co-signers of the letter are North Carolina Rep. Greg Murphy, R-3rd District; Rep. David Rouzer, R-7th District; and Rep. Madison Cawthorn, R-11th District. Like the letter writer, Murphy is a physician.
“We believe that, regardless of gender, age, or political party, all presidents should follow former President Trump’s lead in documenting and demonstrating strong mental capabilities,” the letter said. “While you had your annual physical exam on November 19, 2021, you either did not take a cognitive test or those results were withheld from the public.”
“White House physician Kevin O’Connor, DO, has certified that you are ‘fit to successfully perform the duties of the presidency’ in a purely physical manner; however, we are concerned about your cognitive and mental abilities,” the letter continues.
Several members of Congress sent Biden a similar letter last June. He never responded to their request. “Since then, the American people have steadily lost faith in your ability to effectively and competently manage your duties as President of the United States,” according to the letter this week.
Polling data suggests public concern about Biden’s mental health, the letter said. Among the findings cited: 48% of voters “disagree with the statement that you are mentally fit.”
“Independents, by a 23-point margin, do not believe you are mentally fit,” according to the letter.
Jackson’s letter cites recent examples of Biden publicly insulting a reporter with an expletive and struggling to read the numbers during a press conference. Both incidents could indicate signs of mental decline.
“This is not just a recent trend, as your mental decline and forgetfulness have become more apparent over the past two years,” the letter explains. “During the campaign trail, you often forgot the names of the states you were in for campaign rallies.”
“The American people should have absolute confidence in their president,” Jackson added. “They deserve to know that he or she can serve as head of state and commander-in-chief. They deserve full transparency about the mental capabilities of their highest elected leader. To achieve this, we invite you to immediately submit to a cognitive test. We implore you to then release the test results, so that the American people know of the full mental and intellectual health of their President, and to follow the example set before you.
The letter notes that in 2018, “political opponents and members of the media demanded” that Trump pass the same type of test. Trump complied and passed a test, “at which he excelled.”
O’Connor and Dr. Anthony Fauci, who is listed as Biden’s chief medical adviser, are copied on the letter to Biden.