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 By Samantha Chang  January 20, 2022 at 11:04am

President Joe Biden seemed to confirm the dark suspicions of millions of Americans that he’s mentally unfit during his rambling, two-hour news conference on Thursday.

Republican Rep. Ronny Jackson of Texas, who was the White House physician to former Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Donald Trump, reiterated his grave concerns about Biden’s mental sharpness.

“He’s totally disconnected from reality,” Jackson tweeted Thursday during Biden’s first news conference in 10 months.

The blundering 79-year-old repeatedly lost his train of thought and slurred his words during the event to mark his first year as president.

“He has NO IDEA what’s going on,” the congressman tweeted. “It’s no surprise he’s been kept locked away in the basement. This is an EMBARRASSMENT.”

Biden’s “press conference” is disturbing and bizarre. He’s totally disconnected from reality. He has NO IDEA what’s going on. It’s no surprise he’s been kept locked away in the basement. This is an EMBARRASSMENT.

— Ronny Jackson (@RonnyJacksonTX) January 19, 2022

Jackson pointed out that Biden completely ignored a question from a White House correspondent about his flailing mental acuity.

“BIDEN JUST IGNORED A QUESTION ABOUT HIS COGNITIVE DECLINE! Something is WRONG with him,” he tweeted. “This man IS NOT qualified to be President!!”

The congressman added: “I am demanding he have a cognitive test NOW. There’s too much on the line, we need to know!”

BIDEN JUST IGNORED A QUESTION ABOUT HIS COGNITIVE DECLINE! Something is WRONG with him. This man IS NOT qualified to be President!! I am demanding he have a cognitive test NOW. There’s too much on the line, we need to know!

— Ronny Jackson (@RonnyJacksonTX) January 19, 2022

Jackson was referencing a polite but direct question posed by James Rosen, the chief White House correspondent for Newsmax.

“A poll released this morning by Politico Morning Consult found 49 percent of registered voters disagreeing with the statement, ‘Joe Biden is mentally fit,’” Rosen said.

Biden derisively tried to brush off the question, but a persistent Rosen followed up, asking, “Why do you suppose such large segments of the American electorate have come to harbor such profound concerns about your cognitive fitness?”

The career politician awkwardly replied, “I have no idea.” Then he quickly called on another reporter.

James Rosen brings up the issue of Biden’s mental fitness. pic.twitter.com/b8conSnqW5

— Scott Whitlock (@ScottJW) January 19, 2022

Meanwhile, Biden was widely panned by numerous social media commentators, who said the news conference was an epic disaster.

Breitbart’s Joel Pollak tweeted six words that Biden surely didn’t want to hear: “Let the 25th Amendment discussions begin.” The amendment provides a process for the vice president to assume power if the president “is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office.”

This press conference marks the effective end of the Biden presidency. Let the 25th Amendment discussions begin

— Joel Pollak (@joelpollak) January 19, 2022

Conservative radio host Clay Travis slammed the “incredibly embarrassing press conference,” saying Biden underperformed despite responding to “a pre-approved list of questioners on a list given to him.”

This is an incredibly embarrassing press conference for Joe Biden. He’s reading from a pre-approved list of questioners on a list given to him. Is he incapable of calling on reporters himself? Because that’s the only explanation most people watching, including me, take from this.

— Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) January 19, 2022

Media strategist Caleb Hull noted that Biden dismissed his abysmal approval ratings as fake (“I don’t believe the polls”) and even suggested that the 2020 election and the forthcoming 2022 midterm elections could be rigged.

Biden says that future elections “easily could be illegitimate.”

“I’m not saying it’s going to be legit. The increase in the prospect of it being illegitimate is in direct proportion to us not being able to get these reforms passed.” pic.twitter.com/DF0iOXX2jl

— Townhall.com (@townhallcom) January 19, 2022

Reminder: The corporate media brutally attacked Trump for making similar remarks.

“Isn’t this everything that made Trump ‘literally Hitler’?” Hull tweeted.

So Biden has now complained that elections are rigged, polls are fake, and that news coverage is wrong.

Isn’t this everything that made Trump literally Hitler?

— Caleb Hull (@CalebJHull) January 19, 2022

Democrats and their corporate media lapdogs have screeched for the past year that questioning election results is “treason” and “terrorism.”

If you oppose COVID restrictions or worry about election integrity you’re now a “potential terror threat.” pic.twitter.com/KpqVYfn7t1

— J.D. Vance (@JDVance1) August 14, 2021

But if you’re a Democrat, you can call GOP election victories “illegitimate” with impunity.

Hillary Clinton: “Trump knows he’s an illegitimate president.” pic.twitter.com/Ru3ktSgi5T

— The Hill (@thehill) October 6, 2019

Hypocritical Democrats and their media minions who disingenuously questioned Trump’s mental fitness for four years are now curiously silent about Biden’s bewildering babbling.

We watch Biden blather with confused eyes on tv, and all the libs have suddenly forgotten about the 25th Amendment they used to speak of with such reverence when Trump was President

— Buck Sexton (@BuckSexton) January 13, 2022

Store shelves are empty, prices are soaring, real wages are declining, American cities are engulfed in violence, the border is controlled by the cartels & parents are treated as terrorists while actual terrorists go free. When do the Dems seriously consider the 25th Amendment? https://t.co/ZlsbJ2DA1h

— Josh Hawley (@HawleyMO) January 19, 2022

Joe Biden thinks he “outperformed” in his first year in office. Anyone with eyes, a gas tank to fill up and bills to pay knows that’s insane. In my life there’s never been a president who fit the bill to be removed via the 25th Amendment… Until now. #JoeNeedsToGo #25thAmendment https://t.co/wsKvmxgR0x

— Robby Starbuck (@robbystarbuck) January 20, 2022

Although people laugh about it, Biden’s faltering mental fitness is not a joke. It is a pressing national security threat that will haunt him for the rest of his presidency.

Samantha Chang is a politics writer, lawyer and financial editor based in New York City.

Samantha Chang is a politics writer and financial editor based in New York City.

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