Ex-White House Doctor Cites National Security Concerns Over Biden’s Mental Health Following Bombshell Report

By: Georgia | Published: Jun 06, 2024

A former White House physician who now serves as a Republican lawmaker has publicly questioned President Joe Biden’s mental fitness, suggesting it poses a national security threat. 

“He’s got significant issues, he shouldn’t have the job. You know, it’s a national security issue for us,” Rep. Ronny Jackson stated in an interview with Fox News Digital.

Journal Report Triggers Debate on Biden’s Fitness

The debate intensified following a detailed report in The Wall Street Journal, which was based on interviews with 45 individuals conducted over several months. 

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The report suggests that interactions with congressional leaders and others revealed that President Biden appears to be mentally inconsistent, showing signs of slowness at times, alongside moments of clarity and effectiveness.

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White House Denounces Report as Partisan Attack

The White House and its allies have responded strongly to the report, labeling it as a politically motivated attack orchestrated by Republicans. 

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The report notes that “Most of those who said Biden performed poorly were Republicans, but some Democrats said that he showed his age in several of the exchanges.”

Speculations of Political Motives Behind the Report

Rep. Ronny Jackson has speculated that the report could signal an early attempt by some within the Democratic Party to distance themselves from Biden. 

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He suggested, “I think that the fact that it came out like this, and is so well sourced, tells me that this might be the left’s first attempt to start laying the groundwork to get rid of him.”

Unanswered Concerns from the Congressman

Jackson has attempted to address these concerns directly by sending five letters to the White House since President Biden took office, urging him to undergo a cognitive test and to release the results publicly. 

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“They’ve ignored them all,” Jackson told Fox News Digital, expressing frustration over the lack of response.

White House’s Response to Jackson’s Claims

In response to Jackson’s criticisms, White House spokesman Andrew Bates compared Jackson to Dr. Nick Riviera, a character from “The Simpsons” known for his questionable medical expertise. 

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Bates highlighted a contrasting statement from Kevin McCarthy, who described Biden as “very professional, very smart. Very tough at the same time,” during negotiations.

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Public Concern Over Biden's Age

Concerns about President Biden’s age have been reflected in recent polling data.

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A March New York Times/Siena College poll revealed that 61% of respondents who voted for Biden in 2020 believe “Joe Biden is just too old to be an effective president,” highlighting widespread voter concern about the president’s age and its impact on his performance.

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Administration Defends Biden's Competence

Andrew Bates defended President Biden’s capabilities by citing positive assessments from “Congressional Republicans, foreign leaders, and nonpartisan national-security experts,” who have described Biden as a savvy and effective leader. 

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Bates emphasized Biden’s “deep record of legislative accomplishment,” countering the narrative of decline.

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Pelosi Criticizes The Wall Street Journal

Speaker Emerita Nancy Pelosi criticized The Wall Street Journal for its portrayal of Biden, suggesting that the newspaper ignored positive Democratic testimonies in favor of highlighting Republican criticisms. 

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She argued that this editorial choice resulted in an unfairly negative depiction of the president.

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Senator Murray Questions Journal's Editorial Choices

Senator Patty Murray voiced concerns about the integrity of The Wall Street Journal’s report

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She noted her own positive experiences with President Biden, particularly his active engagement and leadership during important meetings, and questioned why these were not included in the report. “I’m not quoted — I wonder why,” she wrote.

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Political Implications of the Mental Fitness Debate

The ongoing discussion about President Biden’s mental fitness has significant political implications, suggesting a deep divide not only between parties but potentially within the Democratic Party itself. 

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This issue continues to be a focal point in the broader political discourse surrounding the current administration.

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Future Impacts of Mental Fitness Concerns

As discussions and debates continue, the true impact of these mental fitness concerns on President Biden’s ability to govern and on his administration’s stability remains uncertain. 

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Observers and political analysts will closely monitor how these concerns influence public perception and political dynamics in the lead-up to the next election cycle.

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