President Joe Biden has gotten more than 100 million COVID-19 vaccine shots into the arms of Americans and delivered on his pledge to provide critically needed federal financial relief to the millions of Americans struggling to pay housing and utility bills and put food on the table. That justifiably has earned him an approval rating well north of 50 percent, a job performance rating that twice-impeached, one-term former president Donald Trump never approached in four years.
Still, Trump’s MAGA cult keeps hammering away at its narrative that the 78-year-old Biden somehow is mentally diminished and just sort of stumbling his way through the job. On Wednesday Fox News host Sean Hannity declared Biden “lost, dazed and confused” – although Thursday after Biden’s news conference he assailed the president for being “over-prepared” for the encounter with the press.
Hannity on Wednesday: Biden is lost, dazed, and confused
Hannity on Thursday: Biden is overprepared pic.twitter.com/5UucFxwZrm
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) March 26, 2021
While the Fox News/MAGA crowd offers speculative, uninformed opinions from afar about Biden’s mental acuity to feed the echo chamber, several Republican senators who recently have met with the president for in depth policy discussions have a different, more informed opinion.
In on-the-record interviews with Politico, seven GOP senators who’ve met with Biden lately described him as cogent and well-versed on the issues they discussed. And none echoed the warnings many pro-Trump Republicans have issued about Biden amid the chatter after he stumbled ascending the steps of Air Force One.
“In the two meetings I was in with the president, he was as sharp as a tack,” Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) said in an interview. Sen. Todd Young (R-Ind.), who joined Capito at a February meeting with Biden on Covid relief, said he didn’t see anything amiss: “I visited with him in the Oval Office, and he seemed well-prepared and well-briefed for the meeting.”
But of course there are those super-sycophant Trump supporters who desperately need to perpetuate the false narrative. Utah Republican Sen. Mike Lee, while pointing out that he has absolutely no basis upon which to write what he did, texted an acquaintance earlier this month expressing his concern that he thinks the president reminds him of someone he knows who has begun exhibiting symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease. “I of course have no medical training and can’t diagnose a condition — especially over someone I don’t personally interact daily — but from a distance I can see that he’s not doing well,” Lee wrote. “Sad. And disturbing.”Wisconsin Republican Sen. Ron Johnson, who has spent the past few weeks extolling the pacifist nature of the Trump-incited mob that perpetuated the deadly insurrectionist riot at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, offered his equally uninformed diagnosis of Biden’s mental state, telling Politico, “It’s sad to see people age,” adding that
he shares concerns about the president’s fitness: “I think many Americans do, from what we’ve seen. It is sad.”
Rep. Ronny Jackson (R-Texas), who served as Trump’s White House physician and was recently found by the Pentagon inspector general to have abused alcohol and been abusive to his staff, opined that Biden “struggled to make it through” Thursday’s press conference.
And then there’s the equally uninformed musing of 2020 GED recipient and Colorado GOP Rep. Lauren Boebert, who tweeted, “A President with cognitive decline is a national security risk. It’s time to stop dancing around that.”
A President with cognitive decline is a national security risk.
It’s time to stop dancing around that.#BidenPressConference
— Lauren Boebert (@laurenboebert) March 25, 2021