The U.S. Libertarian Party has filed for conservatorships for President Joe Biden and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, referring to them as “geriatric elites” mentally unfit to properly serve the American populace.
Biden, already the oldest living president at age 80, currently plans to run for reelection and, if successful, would be 82 at the beginning of his second term and 86 at its conclusion. He has been ridiculed for myriad gaffes and rambling statements, including mixing up Ukrainians and Iranians as well as referencing dead lawmakers in speeches.
McConnell, 81, has represented Kentucky in the Senate since 1985. Calls for his resignation ramped up following two separate but similar incidents in which the lawmaker froze in public—once on July 26 while addressing reporters in the U.S. Capitol, and more recently on August 30 in Covington, Kentucky, as a reporter asked if he would seek reelection in 2024.
Libertarian National Committee Chair Angela McArdle, who oversees the nation’s third-largest political party, told Newsweek on Tuesday that to her knowledge this is the first instance of such filings against sitting politicians.
She said the party has conferred with several attorneys, including three who drafted the paperwork, who said that, legally, an organization can have a conservatorship over an individual in Washington, D.C.
“Is it going to be a fight in the courts? Obviously. But we’re committed to filing this thing and we wanted to send a really strong statement that we’re serious about getting someone in the White House who has the mental capacity to run the country because we don’t have that right now,” McArdle said.