Does Joe Biden Have Hair Plugs? Tucker Carlson Claims President Had Transplant

Fox News host Tucker Carlson claimed on Wednesday that President Joe Biden had undergone a hair transplant while he was taking aim at CNN and former mayor of New Orleans, Mitch Landrieu.

Though Carlson only mentioned the president's alleged "hair plugs" in passing as part of a larger segment, there have long been questions about Biden's hairline and there appears to be no formal confirmation that he received a transplant.

However, experts on hair transplantation have previously argued that Biden had hair plugs. When he was a senator in the 1970s, Biden appeared to be visibly balding before his hairline seemed to improve.

While discussing a CNN segment on potential 2024 presidential candidates, Carlson said: "You should also know that CNN recommends a former mayor, that would be Mitch Landrieu of New Orleans. Now you'll be excited about this if you think Joe Biden's hair plugs aren't quite absurd enough."

There has been speculation about Biden's hair for decades. In 1987, a reporter for The Washington Post asked the then-senator whether he had had a transplant.

"Guess," Biden said. "I've got to keep some mystery in my life."

On August 24, 2008—a day after the Obama campaign announced Biden as its vice presidential candidate—Politicopublished an article about questions surrounding Biden's hair.

Michael Beehner, medical director of the Saratoga Hair Transplant Center in New York, said at the time: "When he had darker hair it was pretty obvious, he had larger plugs."

"With the lightening of his hair, it looks much, much better now," Beehner said. He is still working at the hair transplant center today, according to its website.

Aesthetic Scalp, which describes itself as the "Premier Hair transplant and restoration experience for men and women in Chicago," previously discussed Biden's potential transplant in a 2019 article.

That article argued that while he was in his 40s, Biden "had apparent early stages of hair loss. His hair was thinning and his hairline was receding. Around this time it looks like Joe Biden had a hair transplant surgery."

"Biden was clearly preparing for a long career in politics, so decided to get a hair transplant procedure during his early years in politics. He most likely received hair plugs, given the hair technology that was out at the time," Aesthetic Scalp said.

Despite the views from hair transplantation clinics, Biden has never formally admitted to undergoing the procedure.

Newsweek has contacted the White House for comment.

Biden Speaks at the Tribal Nations Summit
President Joe Biden speaks at a Tribal Nations Summit in the South Court Auditorium of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, next to the White House, in Washington, D.C. on November 15, 2021. Fox News host Tucker Carlson claimed that Biden has hair plugs during his Wednesday show. MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images