Profile: Joe Biden age is one of the things Republicans have to attack him on

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Biden’s 80. He’s “up in years.” The man is no spring chicken. Biden is, in terms of human chronometry, old.

You may have already learned this, as it seems nearly every story, poll and lump of political-punditry pablum surrounding the 2024 presidential election can be distilled down to: “HOLY YIKES! JOE BIDEN IS OLD!”

So Biden is too old to be president but Trump isn't? Republicans, make that make sense.

Yes, Biden is older. But what would you call Trump?
While the age of the president and leading Democratic presidential candidate is a wholly valid issue, I fear the mainstream news media, of which I’m a part, as well as the electorate at large might be missing an important point: Donald Trump, the far-and-away leading GOP primary candidate and Biden’s most likely opponent, is a mere three years younger than Biden.

Trump is 77. If you’re going to call Biden “too old,” you can’t pretend Trump doesn’t belong in that same category.

If you’re going to bemoan the advanced ages of certain lawmakers – from 81-year-old Republican Senate leader Mitch McConnell to 90-year-old Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein – you can’t turn around and pretend the 77-year-old guy who thinks exercise is unhealthy, loves fast food and is presently under the stress of four criminal indictments is a model of youth and good health.

Yet all we seem to hear about is Biden’s age. I suspect that’s because he hasn’t been charged with conspiracy to defraud the U.S. government or election interference – Trump has! – and because he has actually accomplished quite a bit in his first term, from a $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill to the CHIPS and Science Act to a $35 monthly cap on insulin prices for seniors on Medicare.

Biden's age is one of the things Republicans have to attack him on
You don’t hear as much about those things because folks on Fox News and assorted right-wing propaganda networks are busy claiming Biden can’t string two sentences together and is frail or half-dead.,output

Then we see Biden meeting with world leaders, leaving this week on the 14th foreign trip of his presidency, working to pass bipartisan legislation in an age when bipartisanship seems impossible and riding his bike along a beach path on vacation.

Please direct me to recent video of Trump riding a bike. Heck, if the former president made “Donald Trump Attempts to Ride a Bike” a pay-per-view event, he would easily raise enough money to pay the lawyers defending him against 91 state and federal felony charges.

Biden has never been a great orator – hindered in part by a stutter – and his gaffes and occasional flubbed lines combined with the fact that he’s an older dude make him seem addled at times.

But have you listened to also-older-dude Trump spouting unhinged, conspiratorial, fact-free rants at rallies, occasionally slurring his words and generally sounding like the senior crank at the end of the bar?

Democrats haven't countered the issue of Biden's age by noting Trump is effectively his contemporary, but they really don't need to when they can knock the opposition around on actual issues, like fomenting an insurrection and denying he lost the election that he most definitely lost.
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