Former President Barack Obama reportedly accused Texas Republican Ronny Jackson of betraying him after he openly criticized Biden’s mental fitness. In a podcast with Rep. Jim Banks, Rep. Jackson said that only 20 minutes after he tweeted remarks over his concern Biden is not mentally up to carrying out the duties of president he got a “scathing” email from Barack Obama.
The Washington Examiner reports:
“He just tore me up,” said Jackson, who was the White House doctor for former Presidents George W. Bush, Obama, and Donald Trump.
“An entire page about how disappointed he was in me and how it’s beneath me as a physician and beneath me as an officer in the military to be attacking Joe Biden like this. And it was a betrayal of the trust that he and his administration put in me and he was so disappointed in me and yada, yada,” said Jackson.
Rep. Jackson said the moment highlighted the double standard between the treatment of Republican and Democrat presidents. He noted that when he recommended former President Trump undergo a cognitive exam, which he passed, to quiet critics he was praised. However, when he made the same recommendation for President Biden, who has made repeated mistakes in public which have concerned lawmakers, he was berated.
Despite harsh criticism from the left, Rep. Jackson maintained President Biden should go forward with a cognitive exam and expressed serious doubts about his mental fitness.
“All I know is that he’s got age-related cognitive decline, right. He is not mentally fit right now. He’s 78 years old and you can see it. You don’t need to be a physician to look at him and to look at his behavior and some of the other stuff, just the way he shuffles away, stares off into space,” said Jackson.
“I know what that job entails, both physically and mentally, and how demanding it is. And I can tell you right now, I’m 100% sure that Joe Biden is incapable of doing that job,” he said.