Rep. Jeff Van Drew Says Joe Biden Should Take Cognitive Test As 'Christmas Promise'

Rep. Jeff Van Drew, a New Jersey Democrat-turned-Republican, said President Joe Biden should take a cognitive test as his "Christmas promise."

The congressman spoke to conservative media outlet Newsmax on Christmas Day, first delving into what he called "the big Biden Christmas lie," which seems to consist of the president not promoting GOP talking points.

"I mean, if he wants to tell it straight, he would speak about how our cities across the country have the highest crime rate that they've ever had," Van Drew said. "He could talk about the fact that we have the supply chains problems that still exist, and in many cases have gotten worse."

"He could talk about the fact how our border is broken open and literally we have people bleeding into the country who are sick, who are some of them diseased, some of them are criminals," he continued.

Van Drew went on to state Biden could also be discussing former President Donald Trump keeping "the best energy portfolio" and brokering the Abraham Accords, which saw Israel signing normalization deals with the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain.

"So you know what I think he should do, just to be honest with you?" Van Drew told Newsmax. "I think this Christmas he should promise — make a Christmas promise to get a cognitive test on how he's doing, and maybe make a Christmas promise that he's gonna resign soon."

"This is the worst presidency and the worst majority of Congress in history," the congressman said. "And I'm telling it how it is."

Van Drew's comments echo a trend among the GOP in questioning and deriding Biden's mental capabilities. Former President Trump has also mocked his successor's mental fitness over certain verbal gaffes.

Biden was considered perfectly fit for duty after last month's annual physical exam, which did not include a cognitive test.

Trump — who once dubbed himself a "very stable genius" — later told Fox News a presidential cognitive test "should be mandated" when asked whether Biden is "showing signs of being cognitively compromised."

Van Drew, a New Jersey dentist, was elected to Congress as a Democratic representative in 2018. He defected to the Republican party in late 2019 due to his support for Trump, and was reelected as a GOP congressman in 2020.

However, Van Drew was one of 13 House Republicans who voted in favor of Biden's infrastructure bill and faced backlash from their own party for doing so.

Van Drew's name and number were added to a list tweeted out by his controversial GOP colleague Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia, who called out the "13 'Republicans' who handed over their voting cards to [House Speaker] Nancy Pelosi to pass Joe Biden's Communist takeover of America via so-called infrastructure."

Jeff Van Drew addresses the RNC
In this screenshot from the RNC’s livestream of the 2020 Republican National Convention, U.S. Rep. Jeff Van Drew (R-NJ) addresses the virtual convention on August 27, 2020. Van Drew said President Joe Biden should make a "Christmas promise" to take a cognitive test, as well as resign. Committee on Arrangements for the 2020 Republican National Committee via Getty Images