At a speech given to a welcoming audience at Family Research Council’s Pray Vote Stand summit Friday evening in Washington DC, Donald Trump slipped up pretty “big.”
In an ironic moment, he said a cognitively impaired Biden would lead us into World War Two, obviously meaning to say World War Three.
“Just think of it. We would be in World War Two very quickly if we’re going to be relying on this man, and far more devastating than any war.”
In addition, he suggested he was beating former President Barack Obama in 2024 polling, although he quickly corrected himself.
Donald Trump has often referred to the President as “Sleepy Joe,” claiming not that he’s necessarily too old to run, merely incompetent.
Trump, who will be 78 if he once again captures the Oval Office, knows he also is standing on shaky ground when it comes to the upper echelons of age.
“No not for the reason of old, because I have many friends that are in their eighties. I have friends that are in their nineties and they’re sharp as a tack. No, not old. He’s incompetent. He’s not too old. He’s incompetent.”
He further criticized Biden, stating he was never really that bright.
“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 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.”
Of course, the criticisms of Trump’s errors came in fast and furious.
MSNBC host Joe Scarborough, a former Republican congressman, laughed as he said: “It’s almost like it’s the summer of 1939 all over again. You know, [Trump’s] father’s going to a Nazi rally or something, or a Klan rally. I don’t know which rally he did or didn’t go to.”
Democrats protest that disproportionate attention is paid to Biden’s age than that of Trump. Last week, Chuck Rocha, a Democratic strategist, told CBS News: “Joe Biden is getting older, we all know that. But the other guy he’s probably going to be running against is getting older, too. And in the focus groups that I’m doing, old and steady still beats old and crazy.”
Steady is not the first word that comes to mind when considering Joe Biden.
I wouldn’t consider Donald Trump’s gaffes a major concern. There is no consistent history of trailing off in the middle of sentences, losing all sense of place in a conversation, or slurring words and incoherent ramblings.
Although just over 40 percent of Americans think the 45th President is too old to run as well.
On Sunday, a new poll from CBS and YouGov said only 34 percent of voters thought Biden would complete a second term if elected. Asked the same question about Trump, 55 percent said they thought he would complete a full four years.
It seems clear most voters would prefer a president that is not dangerously close to six feet under. However, the political machine doesn’t seem to be allowing a new, bright generation of leaders to emerge. Maybe that ought to be examined along with candidates’ cognitive abilities.