Long before his inauguration, GOP critics of President Joe Biden argued that he lacked the cognitive abilities to serve in the White House.
Recent events have reignited such speculation, including from one prominent Republican who asserted that Vice President Kamala Harris is the one who is truly in charge of the Biden administration.
“Every time you see him in public”
According to the Daily Caller, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-GA) made his case during a Thursday appearance on Fox News.
“I really do think this is becoming the ‘Harris-Biden’ administration,” he told the hosts of Fox & Friends. “And you can tell that every time you see him in public.”
Gingrich went on to opine that the president is serving little more than a nominal role in his own White House, alleging that Biden is “dramatically better in private than he is when he can’t take any questions in public.”
Claiming that the president “can’t remember what he’s talking about” and “can’t remember his own nominees,” the longtime GOP official used recent gaffes as evidence of his conclusion.
“My assumption is he is a very minor force inside that building and that the White House is increasingly run by Harris, [House Speaker Nancy] Pelosi [D-CA], and [Senate Democratic Leader Chuck] Schumer [D-NY],” he said, as the Daily Caller reported.
“I keep calling him general”
Gingrich’s allusion to Biden forgetting his nominee’s name is an apparent reference to the president’s attempt to introduce Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin.
“And I want to thank the sec — the, the, ah, former general,” Biden reportedly said at the time. “I keep calling him general, but my, my — the guy who runs that outfit over there.”
Of course, that was far from his only notable verbal stumble with a record of bizarre and nonsensical public statements predating his victory in November’s election.
During the campaign, Biden told voters that he was running for a U.S. Senate seat, confused his wife with his sister, and referenced arriving in Vermont when he was in fact at an event in New Hampshire.
Adding to the speculation that the president is not mentally up to the task of being president is his reluctance to hold a press conference or address a joint session of Congress, which virtually all of his recent predecessors had already done by this point in their first terms.