Is it time for younger leadership?
Is putting another 80 year old in the White House really the best thing for the United States?
We have seen evidence that President Biden, who will be 80 years old later this year, is in mental and physical decline. This was something that many people brought up in 2020, but it was actively swept under the rug because the Orange Man is Bad. But do Republicans want to put ourselves in a similar position in 2026 that Democrats are facing now?
Republicans talking about Biden's age and decline suspiciously fail to mention that Donald Trump - the clear front runner for the 2024 Republican Party nomination - will be the same age in 2026 that Biden is right now. Yes, I know that Trump is significantly more healthy than Biden, especially at comparative ages. But When you are 78 years old - as Trump will be when he takes office, if he wins the 2024 election - physical and mental decline can take place very quickly.
When Ronald Reagan was elected President in 1980, many people were concerned about his age. Trump will be eight years older than Reagan was then, and Biden was eight years older in 2020 than Reagan was in 1980. The presidency is a very high-stress job, and it is not uncommon to see people visibly age in office. With Trump, who is carrying a lot of bitterness over 2020, the pressures will arguably be greater inn his second term than in his first.
I will always be thankful to Donald Trump for the policy accomplishments of his administration. Nominating Supreme Court justices who made up three of the five votes to overturn the abominable Roe v. Wade decision alone makes Trump's legacy incredibly important. But the Republican Party has a number of candidates who are significantly younger than Trump, just as willing to fight, and far more sober and mature than the mercurial 45th President. It is time for the Republican Party to move on. For the good of the country, Trump should put his own ego aside and let someone else be the nominee.
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