Jill Biden defended her husband against skeptics of his mental fitness, dismissing calls for a competency test as “ridiculous.”
In a CNN interview that was set to air Monday night, the first lady said, “We would never even discuss something like that.”
Biden was asked to respond to Republican presidential primary candidate Nikki Haley’s call for politicians over the age of 75 to take a fitness test.
Haley’s comment was a shot across the bow at President Biden, 80, and 76-year-old former President Trump, the Republican primary frontrunner.
Jill dismisses competency test
Jill cited her husband’s triumphant trip to Europe last month, where he doubled down on support for Ukraine’s war, as proof of his stamina.
“How many 30-year-olds could travel to Poland, get on the train? Go nine more hours, go to Ukraine, meet with President (Volodymyr) Zelenskyy?” she said. “So, look at the man. Look what he’s doing. Look what he continues to do each and every day.”
The First Lady’s comment echoes a notorious response from then-candidate Joe Biden in 2020. When asked if he would take a cognitive test to quiet rumors about his condition, Biden snapped.
“No, I haven’t taken a test. Why the hell would I take a test? Come on, man,” Biden said. “That’s like saying to you, before you got on this program if you had taken a test were you taking cocaine or not. What do you think, huh? Are you a junkie?”
While Jill is apparently reluctant for her husband to get tested, former President Trump has said he agrees with Haley’s proposal, writing in a social media post, “Being an outstanding President requires great mental acuity & physical stamina.”
Biden is the oldest president in American history, and many would say it shows. He has been known to lose his whereabouts, his balance, and his train of thought, which often comes out in gibberish form.
But he has not received cognitive tests in either of his physicals since becoming president, causing speculation of a cover-up.
Biden ready for round 2?
Despite concerns about his age and dismal poll numbers, Democrats have embraced the octogenarian as their safest bet for holding the White House.
Jill Biden recently said she supports her husband running for re-election, and she indicated he’s prepared to make it official.
“He says he’s not done,” she told the Associated Press. “He’s not finished what he’s started. And that’s what’s important.”