Monday 19 February 2024

Ronald Reagan’s Daughter: ‘It Would Probably Be A Good Idea’ To Give Cognitive Tests To Presidents

 Former President Ronald Reagan’s daughter Patti Davis said during an interview over the weekend that she thinks presidents need to take cognitive tests.

The remarks from Davis, which she made during an interview that aired Sunday on NBC News’ “Meet The Press,” come after Special Counsel Robert Hur’s report on President Joe Biden’s handling of classified material said that while Biden “willfully retained and disclosed classified materials,” no charges could be brought against him, in part due to the fact that he displayed signs of serious cognitive issues.

“[Biden] is in his eighties, former President Trump, the frontrunner, is in his late seventies,” host Kristen Welker said. “Do you think there should be cognitive tests for people running for the highest office in the land?”

“Probably. Yeah,” Davis responded. “I mean, in just what we know about what age can do. It doesn’t always do that, but it would probably be a good idea. Yeah, no, my father was 77 when he left office after two terms. It seems so young now, doesn’t it?”


At a different point in the interview, Davis was asked about what she thinks her father would say about the current state of politics in the U.S.


“I think he’d be appalled,” Davis responded. “He didn’t understand lack of civility. He didn’t understand attacking another person. I mean, he could be, you know, pretty pointed in what he would say about someone else. But he didn’t understand cruelty. And that’s what we’re dealing with now. And I think he wouldn’t understand that. I think he would be really scared for our democracy. I don’t know who – I think he would address people more than any candidates. I think he would address the American people at what has divided us. And, I mean, in my own opinion and, I don’t know, I think this probably is how he would think, is our divisions really started because we’re all so scared.”

She said that she believes her father would want people to “look at one another as human beings.”

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