The weird “Where’s Jackie?” of Biden. alarming episode, Republicans say: “Reduced capacity”


FIRST ON FOX: Several Republican lawmakers have raised concerns about President Biden’s latest blunder in which he appeared to search for the late Rep. Jackie Walorski, R-Ind., in a crowd while calling out to him.

During his remarks at the White House conference on hunger, nutrition and health on Wednesday, Biden appeared looking for Walorskidied in a car accident last month.

“I want to thank you all here, including bipartisan elected officials like…Senator Braun, Senator Booker, Rep….Jackie, Jackie are you here?” Biden said, looking for the late congresswoman. “I think she was going to be there to help make this a reality.”

WH AGAIN PLAYS DAMAGE CONTROL AFTER BIDEN SEARCH FOR REP. DECEASED. WALORSKI ADDED TO THE LIST OF WALK-BACKS

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, claimed President Biden’s diminished capacity is so evident that even White House reporters have expressed concern.
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A video tribute to the late Republican congresswoman was scheduled to air at the event, but did not air while the president and the White House press pool were present at the event.

Several Republican lawmakers have expressed concerns about the president’s mental state, with Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, telling Fox News Digital that “Joe Biden’s diminished ability is so glaring that even the White House press corps couldn’t hide their concern.”

“That’s how you know it’s bad,” Cruz added.

Rep. Ronny Jackson, R-Texas, the former doctor to former presidents Barack Obama and Donald Trump, called Biden again to take a cognitive test.

Rep. Ronny Jackson, R-Texas, the former doctor to former presidents Barack Obama and Donald Trump, called Biden again to take a cognitive test.
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Texas Republican Rep. Ronny Jackson, who previously served as the president’s physician to Presidents Barack Obama and Donald Trump, again called on Biden to take “a cognitive test.”

“In yet another pathetic display of incompetence, Joe Biden not only thought my deceased colleague was alive, but he also made his puppeteer, Karine Jean-Pierre, deny that he was confused,” Jackson said in a statement.

“It doesn’t take a neurologist to realize he’s in serious cognitive decline. The American people know what’s going on here and they don’t think the Commander-in-Chief is capable of doing his job,” he said. he continued.

“It is high time that White House staff and the liberal media stop shielding him from questions about his mental acumen and demand that he answer my call for a cognitive test,” the Republican from Texas added.

Rep. Greg Murphy, RN.C., a practicing surgeon and vice chairman of the GOP Doctors Caucus, told Fox News Digital that the "Americans can see that Mr. Biden's mental acuity is certainly in question."

Rep. Greg Murphy, RN.C., a practicing surgeon and vice chairman of the GOP Doctors Caucus, told Fox News Digital that “the American people can see that Mr. Biden’s mental acumen is definitely in play.”
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Rep. Greg Murphy, RN.C., a practicing surgeon and vice chairman of the GOP Doctors Caucus, told Fox News Digital that these “kinds of insane gaffes have become the norm for this president” and lambasted the White House for their “concealment” of the gaffe.

“The American people can see that Mr. Biden’s mental acuity is definitely at fault,” the North Carolina Republican said. “What bothers me most, however, is how this White House continues to deceive and misdirect the American people on a daily basis.”

“It seems like there’s nothing the White House is doing to cover up a failing president and administration,” Murphy added. “The American people clearly deserve better.”

Kyle Hupfer, the chairman of the Republican Party of Indiana, issued a statement on Wednesday after Biden’s blunder, saying it “holds too many questions.”

“No twist from the White House can justify President Joe Biden forgetting the tragic passing of Jackie Walorski – the latest blunder that calls so many into question,” Hupfer said.

“The American people deserve a straight answer, not a political talking point, about how the President of the United States could have forgotten that a congresswoman he was supposedly trying to honor died last month,” he continued.

“White House spokeswoman Karine Jean-Pierre’s explanation is a disrespectful lie to Jackie’s voters and the American people,” Hupfer added. “We deserve a real answer.”

When asked to comment, Deputy White House Press Secretary Andrew Bates told Fox News Digital that “President Biden has created record jobs, made the biggest investment in infrastructure in 70 years, authorized Medicare to negotiate prescription drug costs, signed the most far-reaching weapon reform since 1994, made NATO the strongest it has ever been, and taken unprecedented steps to fight against climate change and bring manufacturing back from abroad.”

The president had mourned the late Walorski a month before Wednesday’s gaffe, prompting the White House to play defense and clean up another comment.

President Joe Biden appeared to be looking for the late Rep. Jackie Walorski, R-Ind., whose death he had mourned a month prior, at the White House Hunger, Nutrition and Health Conference on Wednesday.

President Joe Biden appeared to be looking for the late Rep. Jackie Walorski, R-Ind., whose death he had mourned a month prior, at the White House Hunger, Nutrition and Health Conference on Wednesday.
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“The president speaks directly and candidly — straight off the shoulder, as he often says,” White House spokeswoman Robyn Patterson told Fox News Digital in a statement when asked about the long track record. of the president by saying things that his aides later corrected.

“It’s been critical to his success in everything from rallying the world in support of Ukraine to empowering Medicare to negotiate lower drug prices,” Patterson added. “And when he feels the need to add context to something he’s said, or ask his staff to do it — as every president has done — he doesn’t hesitate to do so.”

The White House comments came after Jean-Pierre struggled to explain his latest gaffe. After the bizarre episode, Jean-Pierre said Biden was “naming congressional champions on this issue and acknowledging his incredible work.”

“He had already planned to welcome the congresswoman’s family to the White House on Friday, there will be a bill signing in her honor next Friday,” Jean-Pierre said. “So, of course, she was on his mind. She was top of the list for the president.”

Jean-Pierre doubled down on the White House’s cleanup of Biden’s fumble when pressed by reporters.

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Biden’s mental state was also joked about by his son, Hunter, in a text exchange with his therapist from his infamous laptop.

Months before Joe Biden launched his presidential campaign, Hunter Biden was exchanging text messages with Keith Ablow, his therapist and friend, in early January 2019. The book highlighted that Ablow and Hunter were discussing Democratic presidential candidates when Ablow said “Your father is the answer,” then later quoted himself, saying mockingly, “Any man who can triumph over madness is a giant. Think what he could do for the much-needed recovery of our nation.”

“You’re so dumb, but that made me laugh out loud,” Hunter Biden replied.

Ablow went on to quote himself saying, “Maybe he can help us remember everything we intended to be as a people since he can now remember his address,” prompting Hunter to say that his father “doesn’t need [know] where he lives” because “that’s the only thing the Secret Service gets[s] right at least 75% of the time.”

Cameron Cawthorne and Thomas Catenacci of Fox News Digital contributed reporting.


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