Senate Democrats are rallying behind President Joe Biden in an attempt to downplay growing concerns about his old age and mental acuity.
The 81-year-old president’s competence came under fire last week in a scathing report by special counsel Robert Hur. He claimed that during the investigation into Biden’s mishandling of classified documents, it became clear that the president has a “poor memory” and “diminished faculties.”
Biden was described as “a sympathetic, well-meaning old man” who couldn’t remember when he served as vice president or even the date his own son Beau died.
Biden immediately rejected the damning claims of purchasing Hur, saying his “memory is fine.”
But to make matters worse, even voters are worried. A recent poll found that 86 percent of Americans think Biden is “too old” to run for a second term.
When pressed by DailyMail.com on the report’s findings and characterization of the president’s mental fitness, Democrats dismissed the concerns.
Democratic Senator Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut told DailyMail.com that Biden “is as smart as ever.”
President Joe Biden’s mental acuity has come under scrutiny since the Justice Department report.
Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock of Georgia said Biden is doing “amazing” and he hopes to support him in 2024 despite concerns about his age.
“The president is doing an incredible job and I look forward to ensuring he is re-elected in 2024,” added Sen. Raphael Warnock, D-Ga.
Another Democrat, Elizabeth Warren, agreed, saying. ‘I know his ability to do the job because he is doing it. “He is delivering every day for the American people.”
Republicans, meanwhile, largely said the opposite.
“I’ve been saying before he was elected that he’s unfit for office,” Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., told DailyMail.com. “It’s been obvious for years.”
“It’s a little sad that it takes a special prosecutor to point out the obvious, but I guess I’m glad he did it,” he added.
Sen. Chuck Grassley, who is nearly a decade older than Biden, wanted not to judge until he could “make a personal observation” of the president’s mental acuity.
Although, he added, “I haven’t had a face-to-face conversation with him in three years.”
Several members of the Republican Party expressed concern about how the report indicated that the president was unlikely to be impeached due to his mental strength.
“Either (Biden) committed a crime and should be prosecuted for it or he doesn’t have the mental acuity to stand trial, in which case he doesn’t have the mental acuity to be president,” Senator JD Vance told DailyMail.com. .
“The report was very damning,” he continued.
Missouri Senator Eric Schmitt told DailyMail.com: “The idea that he is not mentally competent to stand trial should worry Americans.”
“His inability to remember when he was vice president certainly raises a lot of concerns,” he continued.
Biden mocked his age during a speech in Washington, DC, on Monday.
“I know it doesn’t seem like it, but I’ve been here for a while,” the president said during a speech to the National Association of Counties.
Joe Biden joked about his memory during a speech in Washington, DC on Monday.
Special Counsel Robert Hur recommended that President Biden not be charged for his illegal mishandling of classified documents at his Delaware home and Washington, DC, office.
“I do remember,” Biden, 81, added. The crowd of local officials laughed and cheered.
Last week, several members of Congress called on Cabinet officials to invoke the 25th Amendment to remove Biden from office.
Rep. Claudia Tenney, R.N.Y., even wrote a letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland asking him to initiate proceedings related to the 25th Amendment.
The 25th Amendment, which outlines presidential succession, gives the vice president and Cabinet the power to remove the commander in chief from office by majority vote if he is determined to be no longer fit for office.
It has never been used in American history.