President Joe Biden’s latest slip up, searching for a deceased lawmaker in a crowd, has renewed concern among Republicans over his cognitive abilities.
On Wednesday (September 28), at a conference about combatting hunger, Biden searched for recently deceased Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.), who passed in a car crash in early August.
When attempting to thank Walorski, Biden calls out, “Jackie, are you here? Where’s Jackie?” Before stating, “I didn’t think she was — she wasn’t going to be here — to help make this a reality.”
The more than insensitive gaffe has led to a renewed call by Republican Rep. Ronny Jackson (Texas), who served as the physician for former Presidents Barack Obama and Donald Trump, called for the former President to take a “cognitive test,” Fox News first reported.
Jackson explained, “It doesn’t take a neurologist to realize he’s in serious cognitive decline,” adding that “The American people know what’s going on here, and they don’t think the commander in chief is capable of doing his job.”
The Texas Congressman implored “White House staff and the liberal media to stop shielding him from questions about his mental acuity and demand he answer my call for a cognitive test.”
Biden’s presidency has been rife with gaffes. In July, Biden read instructions from the teleprompter as part of his speech.
Explaining the reason behind Biden’s latest gaffe, White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre claimed Walorski was “top of mind” for Biden as he wanted to acknowledge her incredible work.
Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas), also chimed into the debate about Biden’s cognitive ability, saying his “diminished capacity” was blatantly on display “that even the White House Press corps couldn’t hide their concern.”