‘Life begins at 80!’ Donald Trump (76) DEFENDS Joe Biden (79) on the age issue – saying many octogenarians are ‘as sharp as ever’ (but Biden isn’t one of them)
- ‘President Biden is one of the oldest 79s in History, but by and of itself, he is not an old man,’ Trump wrote
- ‘There are many people in their 80s, and even 90s, that are as good and sharp as ever. Biden is not one of them,’ the former president added
- At 76, Trump would turn 80 during his second term if he were to run for and win the presidency in 2024
- Reports have been circulating that even Biden officials have expressed concern about their boss’s age
- A New York Times report released Sunday cites aides saying that Biden has shown a decline in energy levels and now ‘shuffles’ when he walks
Former President Trump said in a Truth Social post Sunday that President Biden is not actually an ‘old man’ at 79 but is ‘one of the oldest 79s in history.’
‘President Biden is one of the oldest 79s in History, but by and of itself, he is not an old man,’ Trump wrote. ‘There are many people in their 80s, and even 90s, that are as good and sharp as ever. Biden is not one of them, but it has little to do with age. In actuality, life begins at 80!’
At 76, Trump would turn 80 during his second term if he were to run for and win the presidency in 2024.
Reports have been circulating that even Biden officials have expressed concern about their boss’s age. A New York Times report released Sunday cites aides saying that Biden has shown a decline in energy levels and now ‘shuffles’ when he walks, prompting concerns that he may trip over wires.
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.
Former President Trump said in a Truth Social post Sunday that President Biden is not actually an ‘old man’ at 79 but is ‘one of the oldest 79s in history’
At 76, Trump would turn 80 during his second term if he were to run for and win the presidency in 2024
Democratic strategists have also voiced concerns that it might be ‘unwise’ for Biden to seek a second term, noting that he would be 86 by the time it ended.
Biden, the oldest-ever U.S. president, has been under fire over his physical and mental fitness since before he took office.
His presidency has seen several gaffes during events, including on Friday when he appeared to read speaking directions 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, and 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.
But they also noted how Biden appears to look older than he did in previous years – citing his declining energy levels and increased likelihood for tripping or falling.
Falls and injuries caused by slipping are more common in adults over age 65, with many caused by the incorrect shifting of body weight, Very Well Health reported.
The CDC claims ‘falls are not a normal part of aging’ and can be prevented by reducing trip hazards and practicing balance and strength exercises.
Although several staff have expressed worry over Biden’s physical safety during public events, his team insists they have made no special accommodations for the president.
In fact, last November Biden’s physician, Dr. Kevin C. O’Connor declared he was ‘a healthy, vigorous 78-year-old male who is fit to successfully execute the duties of the presidency.’
His medical report revealed Biden had an atrial fibrillation, but noted it was ‘stable and asymptomatic.’ His ‘ambulatory gait is perceptibly stiffer and less fluid than it was a year or so ago,’ the report stated, adding how gastroesophageal reflux causes him to cough and clear his throat frequently.
Trump faced similar questions about his age and health during his single-term in office, and will likely face a further onslaught of rumor and innuendo if he choses to run for office again in 2024.
Throughout the 2020 election the former president repeatedly insisted that he ‘aced’ a cognitive test.
While delivering an address at a Heritage Foundation retreat in Florida in April Trump said he’d rather be a dictator than a ‘dumb person’ and again bragged about acing the cognitive test.
‘First they said not too smart,’ Trump said, talking about how Democrats and the media described him. ‘But then, they made me a dictator instead. Which would you rather be, a dumb person or a dictator? Perhaps a dictator would be better. I don’t want to be a dumb person.’
He bemoaned that no one calls for invoking the 25th Amendment against President Biden the way they did him after the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.
‘They don’t think about it out now – the 25th amendment,’ he told the crowd. ‘They would mention it anytime I had a great idea, the 25th amendment, there’s something wrong with him. That’s why I took the aptitude test and I aced it according to Doc Ronny,’ referring to White House physician-turned Congressman Ronny Jackson.
Trump added: ‘That’s a test that even some geniuses in that room will not do that well on. I will tell ya, it’s not that easy a test.’
Trump took the Montreal Cognitive Assessment, an exam that tests for dementia.
Republicans have repeatedly called on Biden to take a similar exam.
In February Rep. Ronny Jackson, Trump’s former doctor, sent a letter to the White House on the matter that was co-signed by 37 Republicans.
The White House has punted on questions of Biden’s mental fortitude. In June press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre laughed off a question from CNN’s Don Lemon about the president’s mental fortitude.
‘Just look at the work he does. And look how he’s delivering for the American public,’ she said.
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