Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) told Axios chief Mike Allen that a senility test might be a good idea for all elected leaders, even if it was for Donald Trump or justices of the Supreme Court.
Speaking to Axios on HBO, Cassidy explained that as a doctor, he is well aware that "at some point, and statistically it's in the 80s, you begin a more rapid decline." He spoke in general terms but noted that "it's usually noticeable. So, anyone who is in a position of responsibility, who may potentially be on that slope, that is a concern, and I'm saying this as a doctor."
Allen then asked Cassidy if he believes there should thus be limits on those holding public office, which he said was difficult to answer because everyone assumes he's "being political" when he answers. "I've been told that there were senators in the past that at the end of their senate term were senile. I'm told that was true of senators of both parties. Now, you're going to argue, well, they were elected, so, who cares? But, would it be reasonable to have for Supreme Court justices, members of Congress in a leadership position and in the executive branch an annual sort-of evaluation in which they would have to establish, 'Yes. I'm doing OK.'"
Donald Trump's personal doctor released a letter in 2016 proclaiming he would be the healthiest person ever to be in the presidency. It was hyperbole that was not only ridiculed but it drew attention to whether or not Trump or his doctors were hiding something. When Trump got an evaluation from his doctors in the White House, it was not by a professional mental health expert, but by a doctor who ultimately ran for Congress as a Republican supporter of President Donald Trump. Trump's test showed that his biggest problems were with memory, according to his interview with Fox News. So, any mandates on senility tests could easily become part of a politically corrupt system.
At the same time, diseases like Alzheimer's can begin in the mid-60s, and signs of early-onset Alzheimer's begin between the 30s and mid-60s, explained the National Institute of Health. So, age-specific tests for those over 80 would easily dismiss anyone who may also have similar health issues if not worse problems. Elderly officials could also ask why they are being singled out for questions about senility when there are younger members whose sanity could also reasonably be questioned.
Cassidy also made it clear he's not voting for Donald Trump in the upcoming election or any primary election where Trump may be on the ballot.
See the interview below: