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‘People That Have Nothing to Hide, Hide Nothing’: Dr. Phil Says Biden Should Take Cognitive Test

Renowned television personality Dr. Phil McGraw has stirred controversy by suggesting that President Joe Biden should undergo a cognitive examination.

Dr. Phil’s remarks came during an episode of Real Time with Bill Maher, where he addressed questions about President Biden’s cognitive abilities.

Response to Maher’s Inquiry

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During the “Overtime” segment of Maher’s show on Friday, Dr. Phil responded to Maher’s question about whether President Biden should take a cognitive exam with a straightforward stance.

“People that have nothing to hide, hide nothing. So, why not?” he remarked, echoing sentiments that have fueled discussions surrounding the president’s health.

Advice to Biden

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Maher concluded his show by offering advice to President Biden, urging him to embrace his age rather than attempting to refute criticisms about his cognitive fitness.

Maher’s Diaper Comment

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“Don’t try to deny the age thing; lean into it,” Maher quipped. “… just admit it! Say,  lieve in democracy.'”

Maher Urges Biden

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The suggestion for President Biden to embrace his age comes amidst a broader conversation about authenticity in political discourse.

Pointing Out Defensiveness

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Maher highlighted the tendency of Democratic candidates to become defensive about their true selves, urging Biden to take inspiration from Senator John McCain’s candid approach to his age during the 2008 presidential election.

Response to Criticism Questioned

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Dr. Phil’s recent commentary on President Biden’s cognitive health adds another layer to the ongoing debate surrounding the administration’s response to criticism.

Cognitive Examination

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While the White House has affirmed President Biden’s cognitive acuity, questions persist about the necessity of a formal cognitive examination.

Jean-Pierre Address

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White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre addressed inquiries regarding the absence of a cognitive test from President Biden’s physical examination.

Doctor’s Opinion Cited

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Jean-Pierre cited the opinion of Biden’s doctor, who deemed a cognitive test unnecessary, emphasizing that the president undergoes rigorous cognitive challenges daily as part of his duties.

Remarks Reignite Discussions

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Despite assertions regarding President Biden’s cognitive health, Dr. Phil’s remarks have reignited discussions about transparency and accountability in political leadership.

Broader Scrutiny

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The debate underscores the broader scrutiny faced by public figures and the importance of addressing concerns regarding cognitive fitness with openness and clarity.


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