Nikki Haley, former ambassador to the United Nations under Trump, believes older politicians should undergo a “cognitive test”.
The idea arose in an interview with the Christian Broadcasting Network, where interviewer David Brody inquired whether Haley had any concerns about President Joe Biden in particular.
Rather than focus on Biden, Haley suggested it older legislators or White House residents in general should undergo some sort of evaluation, which compares it to the disclosure of one’s tax returns.
“Well, what I’ll tell you is, rather than making it about a person, we need to seriously have a conversation that if you’re going to have someone above a certain age in a position of power – whether it’s the “House is, whether it’s the Senate, whether it’s vice president, or it’s president – you have to have some kind of cognitive test,” she replied.
NEW! @NikkiHaley tells me Joe Biden’s mental state, “makes everyone nervous.” She calls for mental health screening of all older politicians. “Let’s admit it: we have a lot of people in leadership positions who are old. And it’s not to be disrespectful. That is a fact. ” pic.twitter.com/efDl0oQxTI
– David Brody (@DBrodyReports) 4 November 2021
Nikki Haley, who proposes a cognitive test for older politicians, noted that Congress is currently dominated by “people in leadership positions who are old.”
“It is not disrespectful. That is a fact, “she insisted.
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The Washington Post reported over the summer that the Senate, for example, is currently the oldest in U.S. history, with several lawmakers well above the age of 80.
“And when it comes down to it, it should not be biased,” Haley added. “We need to look seriously at the ages of the people who run our country and understand if that’s what we want.”
After suggesting that voters are confused, Biden sums up a few points and says “… these are all things I’m running with …” Who’s confused? pic.twitter.com/c3tBRunSHI
– Chris Stigall (@ChrisStigall) 3 November 2021
Former White House doctor and current Texas congressman Ronny Jackson has joined thirteen other Republican lawmakers sending a letter President Biden encouraged to undergo a cognitive test this past July.
The letter quoted the president as “spiritual deterioration and forgetfulness” and insisted that “the American people deserve to have absolute confidence in their president.”
Popular Podcast Host Joe Rogan question mark Biden’s mental capacity at some point, suggesting that “everyone knows he’s out of his head.”
Joe Rogan on the current state of American politics: “We are unharmed… We no longer really have a leader in this country.” pic.twitter.com/0JvfzoVsFD
– The Post Millennial (@TPostMillennial) 25 June 2021
A poll earlier this month shows that a clear majority of American voters do not believe the Biden administration is competent.
According to Quinnipiac, 55 percent of Americans feel the administration is essentially incompetent compared to just 42 percent who believe they are capable of running the government.
Another poll by NBC News just days ago indicates that Americans “give [Biden] low points for competence and to unite the country. ”
Dem-peiler Horwitt: “The promise of the Biden presidency – knowledge, competence and stability in difficult times – has all been called into question”
Dem-peiler Hart: “What people voted for was stability and calm. What they got was instability and chaos. ” https://t.co/dtFiOfyDFX
– Josh Kraushaar (@HotlineJosh) 31 October 2021
Haley pointed out that Biden sometimes seems unaware of what is happening within his own administration. For example, the president’s apparent lack of awareness about falling out with France as a result of the US nuclear submarine agreement with the UK and Australia.
“[Biden] asked me. He said, “What’s the situation?” And I explained – he was not aware of it, “White House climate envoy John Kerry explained. “He was literally unaware of what had happened.”
John Kerry admits in an interview with French TV that Joe Biden had no idea about dropping out with the French from the AUKUS sub-agreement.
“He was literally unaware of what had happened” pic.twitter.com/EblvE05zKg
– POLARIS (@polarisnatsec) 5 October 2021
Although he does not want to single out Biden, Haley says that such apparent unconsciousness by the president makes people “nervous.”
“He can’t act like he doesn’t know something,” she said. “Because every time he acts as if he does not know anything about ‘OK, they tell me to visit these reporters, you know, he keeps giving signals that he is not with us.
“So it’s not people who hate Biden, it’s Biden who really shows the country that he’s not completely in control, and that makes everyone nervous,” Haley added.
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