President Joe Biden's 81st birthday has sparked more discussions about his old age and deteriorating cognitive ability, two issues that Texas Republican Rep Ronny Jackson, a former White House physician, feels should raise serious concerns.
"[The decline is] happening quickly," Jackson told "Sunday Morning Futures" guest anchor Sean Duffy.
"Like you said, I've taken care of three presidents… so I know firsthand what it takes to be the commander-in-chief and the head of state. It's a grueling job, both mentally and physically. This man can't do the job. He's proven to us every single day that he can't do the job, but this is going to get worse."
Jackson, a physician who worked in the Bush, Obama, and Trump administrations, has previously expressed concerns about Biden's cognitive acuity and has even threatened to withdraw from the 2024 campaign unless he passes a cognitive test.
Looking back at Biden as a contender before to his 2020 contest against then-president and current Republican front-runner Donald Trump—whom Jackson has backed for their 2024 rematch—Jackson said the slide has been obvious for some time.
"It's just unbelievable how much he's degenerated just during his time in office. We cannot afford to have this man in office for the remainder of this term and then [for] another four years after that. He's already putting us at great risk right now," he said.
Young voters, however, complain that the president is "out of touch" with everyone as recent surveys show that his popularity is eroding among Gen Z voters, a critical group for Democrats.
For example, a recent NBC survey found that among registered voters between the ages of 18 and 34, Trump leads Biden by four percentage points.
A possible alternative for Biden is still unknown, despite the fact that well-known figures like former First Lady Michelle Obama and California Governor Gavin Newsom have been mentioned in rumours and many people advise against allowing him to be the Democratic nominee.
Jackson and Duffy continued their conversation, during which Jackson mentioned a number of issues he had with the country's current course, including the economy, international tensions, and the situation at the southern border.
"[Look at] the wars that we're getting drawn into. Things that wouldn't happen if Donald Trump were there because our enemies don't fear us anymore. They have no respect for us anymore and our adversaries don't trust us anymore, and it's because we don't have the leadership in the White House that we need," he said.
"It's because this man, even if he wanted to, he cannot provide that leadership. He is not physically and cognitively fit for office anymore, and somebody in his inner circle needs to step up to the plate and make him aware of this, and he needs to move on for the safety and security of this country."
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