First-term Texas Republican Congressman Ronny Jackson seems to understand this, and yesterday he penned a letter to Biden, cosigned by 13 fellow House Republicans, that urges the president to submit to a cognitive test and share the results with the American people.
Jackson, perhaps more than any other American citizen, is best suited to write such a letter. After all, he was formerly the White House physician to both Barack Obama and Donald Trump. If anyone understands the great strain and the awesome cognitive demands of the American presidency, it’s Jackson. Yesterday, in addition to sending that letter, he issued a written statement:
The American people deserve to have absolute confidence in their President. They deserve to know that he or she can perform the duties demanded of the office, and they deserve to have full transparency on the mental state of their highest elected leader. I would argue that the American people don’t have that confidence in President Biden. When I was Physician to President Donald J. Trump, the liberal media relentlessly pushed a narrative that he needed a cognitive test and that it should be the standard for anyone serving as Commander-in-Chief and Head of State. I administered the Montreal Cognitive Assessment (MOCA) test and President Trump excelled. Given the precedent set and Biden’s clear mental impairment, I believe it is past time he undergo a cognitive test.