During Donald Trump’s four years of presidency, Republicans pushed back against any claims that he was showing signs of mental decline, until he surprised the public with the news that he’d taken a test typically given to screen for early signs of dementia. Now, under a Democratic President, they’re fantasizing about a system that would require a similar test every year.
Trump was roundly mocked for his boasting about passing a test that is intended to determine whether the taker is suffering from cognitive failure, especially as he spoke repeatedly about how hard the last several questions were. “Man, woman, person, camera, tv” became a meme after an interview in which the then-President boasted that he had aced the part of the test that required him to recall words in order after a period of time.
Now, Senator Roger Marshall (R-KS) says that if Republicans take control of Congress, they’ll push for legislation that will require Biden — and presumably future presidents as well — to take an annual cognitive test along with his annual physical.
Sen. Roger Marshall says that if Republicans win the majority in House and Senate, they'll look at passing legislation forcing Biden to take an annual cognitive test pic.twitter.com/BNunLogGBI
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) February 13, 2022
Of course, even with the annual physical, the President and medical staff are left with a lot of discretion about hat exactly to reveal to the public. For example, in 2019, Trump’s doctor released a memo, as The Hill reported at the time, stating that the results of his exam showed him to be “in very good health,” and little more. Further information released a week later included Trump’s weight and some lab results.
“I am happy to announce the President of the United States is in very good health and I anticipate he will remain so for the duration of his presidency, and beyond.”
That being the case, there’s little enough reason to think a cognitive exam would result in more disclosure to the public, in the event of a future president who did show signs of cognitive decline on the test.
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