Former White House physician and now Republican Congressional candidate Ronny Jackson said Tuesday Democratic nominee Joe Biden is ‘mentally unfit for office’ because of cognitive decline.
The Hill reported that Jackson made the comment as a “concerned citizen” and not as a Republican congressional candidate.
“As a citizen of this country, I watch Joe Biden on the campaign trail and I am concerned that he does not — am convinced that he does not have the mental capacity, the cognitive ability to serve as our commander in chief and head of state,” Jackson said.
“I really think that he needs some type of cognitive testing before he takes over the reins as our commander in chief if that is in the cards,” Jackson added.
Jackson however acknowledged that he has never treated nor evaluated Biden.
He emphasized, “I am not making a medical assessment. I actually don’t even practice medicine at this point. I am not doing that. I am not trying to remotely diagnose him with anything. I have not accused him of having Alzheimer’s or anything of that nature. I have not made that statement.”
Jackson mentioned a handful of instances as Biden was campaigning in Ohio. For example, he could not remember the name of Sen. Mitt Romney and mistakenly said he was running for the Senate, not the White House.
Biden’s spokesman Andrew Bates issued a statement replying, “I refer you to the first debate.”
President Trump, on the other hand, took a stab at Biden while campaigning in Sanford, Florida on Monday evening.
“They’re 100 percent sharp. We have somebody running that’s not 100 percent, he’s not 80 percent, he’s not 60 percent,” Trump told a crowd of supporters.
Jackson served as the White House physician until 2018 and is a retired Navy rear admiral.