Fox News host Tucker Carlson has claimed that President Joe Biden takes ‘pills’ to boost his cognitive performance before public appearances.
Biden, 79, has strenuously rejected similar allegations in the past, but Carlson claimed on his Friday evening show that he had spoken ‘directly’ to a witness who saw the alleged medication on the 2020 campaign trail.
‘His staff, supervised by Dr. Jill, his wife, was giving him pills before every public appearance. Checking the time, and at the certain hour giving him a dose of something,’ said Carlson.
‘Before taking the medications, this person said Biden was ‘Like a small child.’ You could not communicate with him, he changed completely because he was on drugs and he clearly still is on drugs,’ the pundit alleged.
Fox News host Tucker Carlson (above) has claimed that President Joe Biden takes ‘pills’ to boost his cognitive performance before public appearances
Biden is seen on the campaign trail in Iowa in 2019. He has strenuously denied claims that he takes any cognitive boosters, and his medical report lists no such drugs
Carlson’s unproven allegation came during a lengthy monologue in which he argued that Biden is ‘incapacitated’ and suffering from ‘dementia.’
A White House spokesperson did not immediately respond to an inquiry from DailyMail.com late on Friday.
List of Biden’s medications
The White House physician’s medical report on Biden does not mention any cognitive issues, and only lists the following medications:
- Eliquis (Apixaban): Blood thinner for irregular heart beat
- Crestor (Rosuvastatin): For high cholesterol
- Dymista (Fluticasone/azelastine): Nasal spray for allergies
- Allegra (Fexofenadine): Over the counter for seasonal allergies
- Pepsid (Famotidine): Over the counter for acid reflux
According to the latest report from his White House doctor, Biden takes prescription medication for an irregular heartbeat, high cholesterol, and seasonal allergies.
None of those medications are considered cognitive enhancers.
White House Physician Kevin C. O’Connor did not mention any cognitive issues in the November report, and wrote that Biden ‘is fit to successfully execute the duties of the Presidency.’
In the 2020 primary campaign, Biden managed to prevail over a crowded Democratic field.
He stumbled in some debates, but many critics wrote that he improved as the debates wore on. His rivals ended up endorsing him en masse after they were defeated.
Nevertheless, Biden has a lifelong history of verbal gaffes, and as he approaches 80, even some Democratic strategists have begun to question whether he should seek re-election.
If re-elected, Biden would be 86 at the end of his second term.
Carlson, a fierce critic of the Biden administration, is not the only Republican to accuse Biden of using cognitive enhancing drugs.
During the 2020 campaign, Donald Trump repeatedly leveled the claim, without evidence, that Biden is on drugs, saying in one in interview: ‘that’s what I hear.’
Carlson claimed that the First Lady supervised Biden’s medication, though he may have been making a mocking reference to her use of the Dr. prefix, which refers to her Ed.D degree
Trump, who also accused Biden of taking drugs, once repeated the words ‘person, woman, man, camera, TV’ several times as a demonstration of his mental acuity
‘It is probably, possibly drugs involved. That’s what I hear,’ Trump said in September 2020, weeks before Biden won the presidential election.
‘I mean there’s possibly drugs. I don’t know how you can go from being so bad where you can’t even get out a sentence,’ Trump continued.
Trump, now 76, also faced questions about his mental fitness on the 2020 campaign trail.
In one memorable television interview, he repeated the words ‘person, woman, man, camera, TV’ several times as a demonstration of his mental acuity.
Carlson’s allegation about Biden’s fitness comes as the president takes a four-day tour of the Middle East, with stops in Israel and Saudi Arabia.
The trip was originally meant to be rolled in with a visit to Europe last month, but the New York Times reported that the resulting 10-day schedule might be unnecessarily taxing for Biden — or ‘crazy,’ as one official told the outlet.
Biden is seen on Friday laughing at a question from a DailyMail.com reporter, who asked him about his fist bump with Saudi Crown Prince MBS. White House insiders say Biden remains ‘intellectually engaged’ but they also ‘quietly watch out for him’
Biden recently fell off his bike during a ride near his beach house in Delaware and then hopped around in an effort to prove he wasn’t injured in the accident
Staffers told the Times they find themselves holding their breath during Biden’s speaking engagements to see if he makes it to the end without a blunder.
His presidency has seen several gaffes during events, including a recent one when he appeared to read speaking instructions off of his teleprompter.
Last month, he fell off his bike during a ride near his beach house in Delaware and then hopped around in an effort to prove he wasn’t injured in the accident.
The Times reported that staffers cringed over the coverage the bike fall story received, but said many insisted the president remains sharp and inquisitive.
Aides allege Biden’s health is a ‘sensitive topic’ throughout the White House.
However, more than a dozen current and former senior officials and advisers ‘uniformly reported’ Biden is mentally engaged in his role as president.
They told the Times he asks ‘smart questions’ during meetings, grills his aides on points of dispute and helps them revise weak points in his speeches.