First Lady Jill Biden Pushes Back Against Haley’s Call for Mental Capacity Tests for Politicians Over 75
Reports have surfaced that the first lady, Jill Biden, has rejected the call made by Republican presidential candidate Nikki Haley for politicians over the age of 75 to undergo mental capacity tests. CNN reported that the first lady called the proposal ridiculous and stated that the president would never even consider such a thing.
Haley, who recently announced her candidacy for president, made headlines after suggesting that politicians over the age of 75 should take “mental competency tests.” Former President Donald Trump, who is also running for president again, is 76, and President Joe Biden turned 80 in November.
While a Fox News poll conducted in February found that 77% of Americans favor the idea of requiring mental capacity tests, with 87% of Republicans surveyed supporting the idea, the first lady made it clear that she does not agree with this proposal.
When interviewed by CNN, the first lady questioned Haley’s suggestion, stating, “How many 30-year-olds could travel to Poland, get on the train, go nine more hours, go to Ukraine, meet with President (Volodymyr) Zelenskyy? So, look at the man. Look at what he’s doing. Look at what he continues to do each and every day.”
It is worth noting that former Vice President Mike Pence also rejected the proposal when asked about it during an interview with CBS last week.
Despite Haley’s proposal being met with some support from the public and Republicans, the first lady’s response highlights that there are those who do not agree with the idea of mental capacity tests for politicians over a certain age.