President Biden is not mentally “competent” and should not be the commander in chief, Republican Pennsylvania Rep. Scott Perry told Fox News Digital following the release of Special Counsel Robert Hur’s report.
“He could have never been, and he should never have been and he should never be [president],” Perry told Fox News Digital on Friday evening in an interview in Harrisburg when asked about concerns surrounding Biden serving as commander in chief after the Hur report described the president as “a sympathetic, well-meaning, elderly man with a poor memory.”
“It’s abusive… what’s being done, using him to be the president. And I don’t know that he’s making many decisions. There’s a lot of people around him that I fear are making the decisions,” Perry continued.
Perry, who is up for re-election in Pennsylvania’s 10th District, attended the NRA’s Great American Outdoor Show on Friday when former President Donald Trump delivered the keynote address during the event’s Presidential Forum.
The Pennsylvania Republican was reacting to the special counsel’s report released Thursday, which followed a months-long investigation into Biden’s possession of classified documents. Hur ultimately decided against criminally charging the president following the investigation, while describing Biden as an “elderly man with a poor memory.”
“We conclude that no criminal charges are warranted in this matter,” the report states. “We would reach the same conclusion even if the Department of Justice policy did not foreclose criminal charges against a sitting president.”
Perry, an Army veteran who served in Iraq, said point-blank that Biden is “not competent,” “not capable” of serving as president and commander of America’s armed forces.
“He should not be there. He should never have been there. And let me just say this, for the allegations that are against him, we need to pursue those because America needs to know whether their president is a criminal or not,” Perry said.
“And you would think that the person that most wants his name to be cleared, and remove any doubt whatsoever would be Joe Biden. If they continue to stonewall, refuse to give us information, the agencies refuse to give us information, we can’t finish and conclude our work of oversight in Congress unless they’ll cooperate.”
Biden held a press conference Thursday evening where he fielded questions from the media regarding his mental clarity, memory and age following Hur’s report. Amid Biden defending his mental state, he confused Egyptian President Abdel Fatah El-Sisi as the “president of Mexico,” sparking concern stateside as well as abroad. Critics lampooned the president for the gaffe, as some called for the invocation of the 25th Amendment, which stipulates the presidential order of succession if a commander in chief is unable to fulfill their duties, dies, resigns or becomes incapacitated.
Biden defended his mental state during the press conference, saying his “memory is fine,” after the report described the president’s memory as “hazy,” “fuzzy,” “faulty,” “poor,” and suggested Biden did not remember when his son Beau Biden died.
The White House released a memo Saturday, titled “We don’t blame Republican officials for their desperation to forget the Biden presidency,” which detailed Biden’s successes as president, including helping “secure the release of over 100 of the hostages taken by Hamas,” and how Republicans and Democrats have previously lauded Biden for his mental sharpness.
“President Biden’s experience, character, and drive have made him the most successful president in modern history, getting the country back on its feet after inheriting a nation in crisis and going on to achieve goals that eluded his predecessors for decades,” the memo reads.
Perry said that following three years of the Biden administration and subsequent “persecution of people based on their political beliefs,” Republicans should “not only talk about” the erosion of rights witnessed since 2021, but also “do something about it.”
“Especially as legislators, we’re not the police. We’re not investigators. We’re not prosecutors. We’re not judges. But we do have the power of the purse. That’s Congress’s duty, not only the duty of oversight, but to make sure that policies that are going awry aren’t funded. And that’s what we should be doing, because it’s right in front of us. That’s our primary role, and unfortunately, too many Republicans are willing to continue to fund a government that is weaponized against the American people,” he continued.
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