Madison Cawthorn Says Jill Biden Is 'Cruel' to 'Mentally Unstable' Joe Biden

Representative Madison Cawthorn claims President Joe Biden is "mentally unstable" and said first lady Jill Biden should be called out for being "cruel" to her husband.

Cawthorn, a Republican who represents North Carolina's 11th congressional district, spoke to Newsmax's Chris Salcedo about his views on the president's mental state and Jill Biden's treatment of her husband.

Salcedo said that Biden "has lost control of the pandemic" and cited border crossings by unvaccinated individuals. He asked Cawthorn if Republicans should "hold Biden accountable" for "putting America in reverse" in terms of COVID.

Cawthorn said. "You know, I would love to have a congressional inquiry to understand exactly what Joe Biden's reasoning is, but unfortunately I don't think he could find his way to Congress."

"I'm talking from a very objective standpoint here. I think we should indict Jill Biden – I'm not saying indict in terms of criminal – but I'm saying that we should call her out for being so cruel to her husband," Cawthorn went on.

"The man is clearly mentally unstable. He's having some form of degradation of his mind," he said.

"And they are putting him up there to be assaulted by the greatest debater the country has to go against him," Cawthorn said. It wasn't clear which "debater" Cawthorn was referring to.

"And right now, his mind simply cannot handle it," the Republican added, before going on to suggest that the president wasn't in fact running the country.

"You know, as much as I'd love to question Joe Biden, I really want to question whoever is really calling the shots right now, because I don't think Congress or the American people truly know who's behind the scenes pulling the strings of Joe Biden," Cawthorn said.

He's not the first Republican to question Biden's mental fitness. In June, 14 Republicans led by Representative Ronny Jackson, a former White House physician, signed a letter calling on the president to take a cognitive test.

Jackson, who represents Texas' 13th congressional district, reiterated his call for Biden to take a cognitive test during a Fox News appearance on Wednesday.

"I think he's demonstrating every single day that there is something going on," Jackson said. "You don't need to be a physician to look at this behavior and see there's something concerning happening."

"I'm just asking them, when you do the physical exam include the cognitive assessment," he said. "As far as I'm concerned the standard precedent has been set and they need to follow and do the same."

Former President Donald Trump took a cognitive test - the Montreal Cognitive Assessment (MoCA) - in 2018 and has repeatedly talked about how he "aced" the 30-question quiz.

Newsweek has asked the White House and Representative Madison Cawthorn for comment.

Joe and Jill Biden Arrive in England
U.S. President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden react upon arrival at Cornwall Airport on June 9, 2021 near Newquay, Cornwall, England. Representative Madison Cawthorn suggested on Wednesday that the first lady is "cruel" to the president. Phil Noble - WPA Pool/Getty Images