President Joe Biden, who turns 80 this month, is exhibiting signs of dementia.
That’s according to Ben Carson, with the pioneering neurosurgeon offering his conclusion after an informal assessment of footage of Biden’s speech and behavior.
Biden is by far the oldest president in America’s history and has repeatedly refused calls for him to undergo a mental acuity examination despite recent polling showing a majority of Americans are concerned with his mental health.
This summer, more than 50 House Republicans demanded in a letter to the White House that Biden should take such an exam, and insisting that the current president should follow in former-president Donald Trump in making those results public.
“We again write to you to express concern with your current cognitive state and to urge you to submit to a cognitive test immediately. We believe that, regardless of gender, age, or political party, all Presidents should follow the example set by former President Trump to document and demonstrate sound mental abilities,” the letter said.
“While you have largely brushed aside these assertions as partisan political attacks, the left-leaning New York Times recently published an article outlining all of this in great detail,” the letter continued. “According to The New York Times, the increased scrutiny surrounding your cognitive state has been fueled by your recent public appearances.”
Biden has famously rebuked any suggestion of an audit of his mental faculties.
In an interview during his presidential campaign, he asked the interviewer if he was a “junkie” in response to being asked why he hadn’t taken a cognitive test.
“No, I haven’t taken a test. Why the hell would I take a test?” Biden said. “Come on, man. That’s like saying you, before you got on this program, you take a test where you’re taking cocaine or not. What do you think? Huh? Are you a junkie?”
Now, former Republican candidate for president Ben Carson, is weighing in. Carson told the Daily Caller that Biden’s combative response, and refusal to take such an exam is likely due to the fact that the president “is pretty sure the [records] won’t show what he wants them to show.”
“That’s so typical of people in early stages of decline, to become aggressive and very defensive about who they are. It tells you that they know a little bit about what’s going on. They don’t want you to know,” Carson said.
Carson also indicated the myriad instances where the president appears to be unaware of his surroundings, confused, and his apparent lack of ability to “screen” what he says as concerning. He also pointed to the public moments where Biden interacts with women and children, sometimes family members, as signifying a “lack of inhibitions.”
“That’s so sad. I actually feel sorry for him, because it’s clear that he’s not in contact with what he wants to be able to say,” Carson remarked while watching recent videos of the president. Carson added that Biden’s lapses of racial sensitivity are “classic example of someone not having the ability to screen what he says.”
Carson requested President Biden to take a mental acuity test saying that “there are a lot of people that are not satisfied with the amount of medical material that’s been released, particularly about his mental status.”
“We would be smart as a nation, quite frankly, to require an annual mental status examination for our leaders. I mean we’re talking about people who have their hand on the button,” Carson said.
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