38 GOP lawmakers write to Biden urging him to take a cognitive test, claim 'something isn't right'

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More than three dozen House Republicans are demanding President Joe Biden submits to a cognitive test and outlined their concerns about his fitness for office in a searing letter sent on Wednesday. 

Thirty-seven GOP lawmakers signed onto the letter, written by former White House physician Rep. Ronny Jackson, and cited recent examples of the 79-year-old's 'mental decline' including forgetting numbers and names and hot mic moments.

'The American people should have absolute confidence in their President. They deserve to know that he or she can perform the duties of Head of State and Commander-in-Chief,' the letter, obtained by DailyMail.com, states.

'They deserve full transparency on the mental capabilities of their highest elected leader. To achieve this, we urge you to submit to a cognitive test immediately.'

Jackson penned a similar letter in June that did not appear to receive a public reply from the White House  It follows recent polling showed a growing number of Americans having doubts about Biden's mental fitness. 

House Republicans' letter cites instances of the president forgetting the names of senior Cabinet officials, misreading clearly-marked figures and even suggested Biden has shown symptoms of Alzheimers' Disease.

'The Alzheimer’s Association lists “changes in mood and personality,” including being more “easily upset” as one of ten signs of mental decline,' Jackson wrote in the letter.

'You displayed this type of mood change during a cabinet meeting on January 24, 2022, when you apparently did not know your microphone was on after finishing your opening remarks, and you called a White House reporter a “stupid son of a b****”in response to a question asked on inflation.'

He was referring to a hot mic moment during which Biden called Fox News reporter Peter Doocy a 'stupid son of a b****', after which the president personally apologized to the journalist.  

In their Wednesday letter, House lawmakers cite specific instances that could prompt concern for Biden's mental health: Including calling a reporter a 'stupid son of a b****' at a press conference, misreading data at a COVID-19 briefing and misremembering details about his mother's death during an Amtrak event

'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,' Jackson told Fox News, who first reported the letter.

'Joe Biden has continually proven to me and to the world that something isn’t right.' 

In the letter he pointed to the example of former President Donald Trump, who was apparently given the Montreal Cognitive Assessment (MOCA) in 2018 when Jackson was the commander-in-chief's doctor. 

Trump had repeatedly boated about 'acing' the test, designed to detect signs of mild cognitive impairment such as with early onset dementia. 

'We believe that, regardless of gender, age, or political party, all Presidents should follow the example set by former President Trump to document and demonstrate sound mental abilities,' the lawmakers wrote, adding that it should be 'routine' for all future presidents as well.

Other legislators who signed on include Rep. Elise Stefanik of New York; Rep. Andy Biggs of Arizona; GOP conference vice chairman Mike Johnson of Louisiana; Republican Study Committee chairman Rep. Jim Banks of Indiana; and several members in addition to Jackson who hold medical degrees.

Jackson told Fox: '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.'

'Why won’t President Biden do the same?' he questioned, adding that the House Republicans could only 'assume the worst' if Biden doesn't take the test and publish the results. 

Forgetting numbers, confusing Libya and Syria, calling Kamala 'president' and hot mic blunders: Biden's gaffes that have raised health concerns

As the oldest person ever sworn in to the White House, President Joe Biden has faced questions and concerns over his mental as well as physical acuity since taking one one of the most stressful jobs in the world.

But aside from his advanced age, Biden, 79, has worried even supporters with numerous gaffes over the year he's been in office.

Most recently, Rep. Ronny Jackson pointed out in a letter demanding Biden take a cognitive test that one of the first signs of Alzheimer's Disease is erratic changes in mood or personality.

January 24, 2022 - Biden calls Peter Doocy a 'stupid son of a b*****'

'You displayed this type of mood change during a cabinet meeting on when you apparently did not know your microphone was on after finishing your opening remarks, and you called a White House reporter a “stupid son of a b****”in response to a question asked on inflation,' Jackson claimed.

He was referring to a hot mic moment in late January during which Biden criticized Fox News reporter Peter Doocy, after which the president personally apologized to the journalist. 

Biden has also been known to have trouble with the names of his most senior officials, foreign leaders and even countries. 

At last year's G7 in June, the president bungled the names of Syria and Libya multiple times when discussing security efforts with Russia. The White House was later forced to issue a clarification.

Another embarrassing foreign policy faux pas occurred in September 2021, when Biden appeared to forget the name of Australia's prime minister -- who was appearing via video link right beside him. 

While announcing a historic security deal between the UK, US and Australia, Biden told Britain's Boris Johnson, 'Thank you, Boris,' before turning to Australia's Scott Morrison and saying: 'And I want to thank that fella down under. Thank you very much pal.'

Biden has seemingly even struggled with names of people he speaks to more regularly. He gave a speech marking International Women's Day in March of last year, during which he was promoting two female officers to four-star generals.

March 8, 2022   - Slipping and forgetting Lloyd Austin's name 

The president slipped up during the March 8 speech while trying to remember Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin's name.

'I want to thank Sec-, the former general, I keep calling him "General." My - the guy who runs that outfit over there,' Biden said, before quickly adding, 'I want to make sure we thank the secretary for all he's done.'

A trip to Texas that same month to visit a Houston-area vaccination center saw Biden apparently lose his train of thought and become confused. He even asked, 'What am I doing here?' while trying to get himself back on track. 

On multiple occasions Biden has also appeared to refer to Vice President Kamala Harris as the 'president.' During a commencement speech at South Carolina State University in late December, Biden remarked: 'Of course, President Harris is a proud Howard alum.'

He made the mistake again more recently, declaring during a voting rights speech in Georgia on January 11 that 'President Harris and I stood on the United States Capitol.'

Biden has been known to get dates confused as well -- in May 2021 he recalled traveling via Amtrak to see his mother while he was vice president in 2013. But his mother had died in 2010.  

The apparent issues began long before Biden took the White House. When he was on the campaign trail in September 2020, then-candidate Biden was widely mocked for saying '200 million people have died' from COVID-19 under Donald Trump's watch. The number was around 200,000 at the time.

And while president, Biden had to be corrected on a statistic regarding COVID-19 vaccinations. During a COVID-19 White House press conference, Biden attempted to say, '57… excuse me… 570… I don’t want to read it, I’m not sure I got the right number…' Chief Medical Adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci aided him to say the figure was '57 million.'

 Confusing Libya and Syria 

'I'm hopeful that we can find an accommodation where we can save the lives of people in — for example, in — in Libya,' the president said, mentioning the north African country for the third time instead of Syria, in the Middle East. Biden is pictured in Cornwall, United Kingdom on June 13

The White House later brushed the confusion off, confirming that it was indeed, Syria, the country where Russia and the US have been involved in a decade-long civil war, which the president was referring to

Biden repeatedly confused Syria with Libya while discussing ways of working with Russia during a press conference at the G7 on June 13.

The 78-year-old gaffe machine spoke of working with Russian President Vladimir Putin to provide economic assistance to the people of Libya, prompting some confused glances from the press pack at the G7 summit in Cornwall, England.

'I'm hopeful that we can find an accommodation where we can save the lives of people in — for example, in — in Libya,' the president said, mentioning the north African country for the third time instead of Syria, which is in the Middle East. The White House later brushed the confusion off, confirming that the president was indeed referring to Syria, the country where Russia and the US have been involved in a decade-long civil war.

Tripping while climbing the Air Force One stairs

Over the years, President Joe Biden has made numerous gaffes and mix-ups and has even been caught falling. Pictured: Biden falling while walking up the stairs of Air Force One on March 19

On March 19, he was caught tripping up the stairs as he boarded Air Force One at Joint Base Andrews

On March 19, video captured Biden tripping up the stairs as he boarded Air Force One at Joint Base Andrews. 

In the clip, Biden stumbles as he walks up the airstairs. He grabs the hand railing to catch his balance, but then loses his footing two additional times.

During the third stumble, he falls to his knees. However, after brushing off his leg, he reaches the top of the plane and gives a salute before disappearing inside.

White House Deputy Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre later told reporters that Biden was '100 percent fine' and preparing for his trip in Atlanta. 

'It's pretty windy outside. It's very windy. I almost fell coming up the steps myself,' she said. 

Just one day earlier, during a press conference on March 18 (pictured), he referred to Vice President Kamala Harris as 'President Harris'

Just one day earlier, Biden accidentally referred to Vice President Kamala Harris as 'President Harris.'

The gaffe occurred during a press conference on March 18, during which he lauded his administration for being close to meeting their goal of 100 million COVID-19 vaccine doses in his first 100 days in office.

'Now when President Harris and I took a virtual tour of a vaccination center in Arizona not long ago, one of the nurses on that, on that tour injecting people, giving vaccinations, said that each shot was like administering a dose of hope,' Biden said.

Harris was standing behind Biden as the president carried on with his speech, but did not correct himself.

Later that day, when the White House released the transcript of his speech, Harris's proper title was inserted with brackets.

On March 9, while making a speech, Biden seemed to forget the name of Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin (above)

In a speech on March 9, Biden seemed to fumble with his words and forget the name of his Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin.

'I want to thank Sec - the former general - I keep calling him "General,"' Biden said.

'My - the guy who runs that outfit over there. I want to make sure we thank the Secretary for all he's done to try to implement what we've just talked about, and for recommending these two women for promotion.'  The slip-occurred despite the fact that just a few minutes earlier, he had mentioned Austin's name in the speech without an issue.

On Election Day, in November, Biden introduced a crowd to his granddaughter, but referred to her as his son

During an Election Day speech in Philadelphia, Biden stumbled over his words and confused his granddaughter with his late son, Beau Biden. 

Biden told the crowd: 'I want to introduce you to two of my granddaughters...this is my son, Beau Biden who a lot of you helped elect to the Senate in Delaware.'

The commander-in-chief had meant to introduce the crowed to Natalie, Beau's daughter, but hadn't just mixed up the name but the person - he also put his arm around Finnegan Biden, Hunter's daughter.

He finally corrected himself as he draped his arm around Natalie's shoulder and said: 'This is Natalie, this is Beau's daughter.'  

Beau Biden passed away in 2015 after a months-long battle with glioblastoma, one of the deadliest types of brain cancer. 


In 2008, Biden told then-Missouri state senator Chuck Graham to stand up for the crowd at a rally, before realizing he was in a wheelchair

Not all of Biden's gaffes occurred in the 2020s or even the 2010s. In fact, some happened in the early aughts.

In September 2008, after Biden had been named former President Barack Obama's running mate, he attended a campaign rally in Missouri.

It was there that he called on then-Missouri state senator Chuck Graham, who passed away last year. to stand up for the crowd.

'I'm told Chuck Graham, state senator, is here. Stand up Chuck, let 'em see you,' Biden said.

It was at that moment he realized Graham was in a wheelchair due to muscular dystrophy.

'Oh, God love you. What am I talking about. I'll tell you what, you're making everybody else stand up, though, pal.'

According to the Columbia Tribune, Graham said he was never offended by the mistake.        

The letter quotes the MOCA creator's recommendation that the test should be administered when loved ones and others close in someone's orbit 'start noticing mental decline.'

'This particularly includes forgetfulness on ordinary tasks, which you have clearly exhibited throughout your tenure,' Jackson's letter reads.

A recent poll conducted by Politico and Morning Consult found that 49 percent of Americans disagree with the notion that Biden is 'mentally fit,' compared to 40 percent who believe he is.

The largest share of respondents, 37 percent, said they 'strongly disagree' that Biden is mentally fit. 

The number of Americans who expressed concern about Biden's brain in the mid-January survey is only a one-point uptick from the 48 percent who said the same in November.

But the confidence in him is dropping dramatically -- 46 percent said in November that the president is mentally fit, a six-point decline.

US President Joe Biden's medical history 

Age: 78

Heart: Atrial fibrillation detected in 2003 (an irregular heart beat); 

Brain: Two cerebral aneurysms in 1988 (bulging blood vessels in the brain that burst);

Lungs: pulmonary embolism in 1988 (a blood clot in his lung)

Other ailments: In addition to several sinus surgeries, Biden has had his gallbladder removed and has had several non-melanoma skin cancers removed.

The January survey also showed 50 percent of Americans disagreeing with the statement that Biden is 'in good health.' 

Lawmakers' Wednesday letter cites a number of instances that fueled speculation about Biden's mental health, including a COVID-19 task force press conference during which he appeared to have issues reading a statistic in front of him, and had to be corrected by Dr. Anthony Fauci.

'This is not just a recent trend, as your mental decline and forgetfulness have become more apparent over the past two years,' they write.

'On the campaign trail, you often forgot the names of states that you were in for campaign rallies. The Alzheimer’s Association points out “confusion with time or place” as another of the ten signs and symptoms of mental decline.'

'In February 2021, you publicly forgot the purpose of your visit to survey the winter storm damage in Texas. In March 2021, you forgot the name of the Pentagon, the Department of Defense, and the Defense Secretary. 

'Lastly, in May 2021, you told a story from your tenure as Vice President in which you stated that you regularly visited your sick mother via Amtrak in2013, even though she passed away in 2010.' 

His health battles have been well-documented. 

Biden suffered two brain aneurysms in 1988 while vying for the Democratic presidential nomination, which went to Michael Dukakis. He had surgery to treat the life-threatening conditions.

He also had a heart condition which makes the muscle beat too fast, causing dizziness and confusion -- known as atrial fibrilation.

As America's oldest President, risk factors that come naturally with age are also a concern. The chance of dementia doubles every five years after age 65, and one in six people have it by age 80. 

Biden's also experienced accidents since becoming president, including falling  while climbing up the stairs of Air Force One in March.

Last November he suffered hairline fractures in his food when playing with one of his dogs and had to wear a protective boot for weeks.

Trump is believed to be referring to the MOCA test when he discussed acing a cognitive test. Jackson on Wednesday called for all presidents to take the MOCA or similar exams

The letter was signed by 38 Republican House lawmakers. Jackson sent the White House a similar message in June but apparently did not get a reply

US President Joe Biden has dismissed questions about his mental acuity after a reporter told him the results of a Politico and Morning Consult poll in January which found that 48 per cent of Americans do not believe he is mentally fit for the presidency

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