First Lady Jill Biden called the idea of politicians over 75 years old taking a competency test "ridiculous," saying she and President Joe Biden "would never even discuss something like that.”
The test, suggested by Republican presidential candidate Nikki Haley, was rejected promptly by Jill Biden in an interview with CNN. Jill Biden is among multiple Democrats who have spoken out against the idea.
“We are fighting racism. We’re fighting sexism. We’re fighting homophobia. I think we should also be fighting ageism," said Senator Bernie Sanders in response to the proposal, according to CNN.
Haley responded to Sanders' comments at a recent rally, saying, “Bernie Sanders lost his mind because I asked for that [test]. He is exactly the reason we need it.”
“Whoopi Goldberg lost her mind over it. And you know what she was doing? She was glorifying Dianne Feinstein and Maxine Waters. They are exactly the reason we need it,” Haley added.
Feinstein (89), Waters (84), Sanders (81), and President Biden (80) have been pointed to as particular politicians who would be subject to such a policy. However, a remarkable number of federal representatives in the United States are over 75 years old.
According to Fiscal Note, 36 members of the House of Representatives are over 75, with another eight who are 74 years old. In regards to Congress, 16 members are over 75, with Feinstein topping the list. She is only a few months older than Senator Chuck Grassley, who is also 89.
The first lady pointed to the president's schedule as evidence that he is full of youth, asking, “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 what he’s doing. Look what he continues to do each and every day," the president's wife added.
When asked about President Biden seeking re-election, Jill Biden was unable to say for sure whether or not Joe Biden would run again, saying he is too busy with the many "crises at home."
"Nothing's been planned yet," she continued.
"He's putting America's business before he's putting his own."
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