With just three years separating the two 2024 frontrunners, many are concerned over the increasing age of presidential candidates – as well as other leaders in Congress.
Polling shows that more than three-fourths of Americans feel that Biden, 80, is too old to serve another four years in office.
But Trump, 77, told Megyn Kelly in a SiriusXM interview airing on the Triumph Channel that age isn’t the issue.
‘I have many friends that are in their 80s. I have friends… that are in their 90s and they’re sharp as a tack. Just, I mean I would say, just about what they used to be. No, not old. He’s incompetent,’ Trump said of Biden.
Former President Donald Trump, 77, said in an interview with Megyn Kelly on Thursday that President Joe Biden, 80, isn’t ‘too old’ for another term – but is ‘grossly incompetent’ to continue serving in the White House
Trump mentioned that Winston Churchill was Prime Minister of the U.K. until he was 80
The ex-President said there are many people he knows that are old and still competent – like 94-year-old businessman Bernie Marcus. He also noted that Winston Churchill served as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom until he was 80, at which point he resigned following a series of health issues, including strokes.
After leading Britain during World War Two, Churchill became Prime Minister for a second time in 1951, when he was 76.
He resigned on April 5, 1955 when he was 80, and was succeeded by Anthony Eden.
In June 1953, when he was 78, Churchill suffered a stroke, which was initially not made public while he recuperated.
Following his stroke Churchill faced pressure from some senior colleagues to retire but carried on for nearly two years, convinced that only he could handle the threat posed by the Soviet Union. He continued to serve as a Member of Parliament until 1964, when he was 89, and died the following year aged 90.
If Biden were reelected he would break his own record for being the oldest-ever inaugurated U.S. president at 82 years old.
Trump is the second-oldest president following Biden. He was inaugurated at the age of 70. He beat former President Ronald Reagan by just about a year.
‘Age is interesting, because some people are very sharp and some people do lose it, but you lose it at 40 and 50 also,’ Trump told Kelly. ‘But no, he’s not too old at all. He’s grossly incompetent.’
‘You look at some of the great world leaders, they were in their 80s and they did — I mean, Churchill, so many people. They were phenomenal in their 80s. You know, there’s a great wisdom if you’re not in a position like him, but if you go back 25 years, he wasn’t the sharpest tack either.’
Kelly and Trump don’t have the most civil history.
The former Fox News host and ex-President have publicly sparred stemming back to the 2016 election.
Trump sat down with former Fox News host Megyn Kelly, who now has her own podcast The Megyn Kelly Show, despite the duo’s tense past
Trump told CNN in the days after the August 2015 primary debate that Kelly had ‘blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her wherever.’
It seems the feud is now water under the bridge as Kelly released Thursday morning clips of her sit-down interview with Trump.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, who often places second to Trump in 2024 primary polls, said in an interview with CBS News that aired on Tuesday that he is also concerned over the age of some of his competitors.
‘Presidency is not a job for someone who’s 80 years old,’ DeSantis said, adding that age is a ‘legitimate concern’ for voters.
He added that if the Founding Fathers knew how old some of these leaders would be in the future, they would have likely put an age cap on certain offices.
An Associated Press/NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll released last month shows 77 percent of Americans think Biden is too old to serve a second term. This include a whopping 69 percent of Democrats.
Despite this statistic, there are not legitimate challengers in the Democratic primary against Biden. Both Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and Marianne Williamson have launched longshot bids for the nomination.
The same AP/NORC poll shows 51 percent of Americans think Trump is too old to be president again.
Florida Governor and Republican presidential candidate Ron DeSantis said Tuesday he backs age limits for Congressional lawmakers and said both Donald Trump and Joe Biden’s ages are ‘absolutely a legitimate concern’