Some 50 House Republicans on Wednesday called on President Joe Biden to take a cognitive test amid questions about his fitness and mental acuity.
The letter, led by former White House doctor and current Rep. Ronny Jackson (R-Texas), said that the lawmakers are concerned with Biden's cognitive abilities.
Making note of recent New York Times articles that have been critical of Biden's abilities, "the increased scrutiny surrounding your cognitive state has been fueled by your recent public appearances," they wrote.
Several gaffes made during Biden's speeches were also cited by the lawmakers, including one in which Biden said that we must "keep alive the truth and honor of the Holocaust" during a July visit to Israel.
Concerns DismissedThe White House and Biden, 79, have dismissed Jackson's assertions as a politically motivated attack and a publicity stunt. Jackson previously served as physician to the president under the Obama and Trump administrations.
"I honestly don’t care about Ronny Jackson’s ‘look at me’ routine," White House spokesman Andrew Bates told Fox News in February about Jackson's claims about Biden's mental state. “But if y’all get any mail from Nick Riviera please don’t be a stranger," he said, making reference to the "Simpsons" character, Dr. Nick, who often pushes inappropriate medical treatments.
While on the campaign trail in August 2020, Biden strongly suggested that he shouldn't take a cognitive test and hasn't taken one. It came as former President Donald Trump said that he should.
The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.