‘I’m a Young Vibrant Man’: Trump Doesn’t Think He’s Too Old to Be President

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President Donald Trump is facing a field of Democratic candidates who are almost all younger than him but that doesn’t seem to be getting him down. On Friday, he declared to reporters, “I’m a young, vibrant man.”

In front of the White House, Trump was asked: “How old is too old to be president?”

He shot back “I feel like a young man, I’m so young, I can’t believe it, I’m the youngest person — I am a young, vibrant man.” He went on to attack former Vice President Joe Biden, saying, “I look at Joe, I don’t know about him.”

Trump added, “I would never say anyone’s too old, I know they’re all making me look very young both in terms of age, and I think in terms of energy.”

It was a pretty remarkable statement, especially considering that Trump is the oldest person ever to be elected president. He was 70 years old when he entered the office — one year older than former President Ronald Reagan was at the start of his presidency.

Meanwhile, the Democratic field is far younger. Biden and Bernie Sanders are the only candidates who are older than Trump, at 76 and 77 respectively. Beto O’Rourke is 46 and Pete Buttigieg is only 37. Buttigieg won’t be Trump’s age until 2054 and he sometimes works that line into his stump speech.

If he is a “young, vibrant man,” that’s probably mostly on Twitter, where his early morning tweet storms kick off the news cycle on a nearly daily occasion. On Friday, the president posted a quote that declared himself “‘greatest hostage negotiator that I know of in the history of the United States.'” The tweet was credited to “Cheif Hostage Negotiator, USA” (he misspelled “chief”) but it is unclear who that is.

He also went after liberal billionaire, Tom Steyer, calling him a “weirdo” and announced that he was on his way to the annual National Rifle Association convention in Indianapolis.

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TOM
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President Trump is younger than Smoochy and Bernie.

James
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Just because someone is younger doesn’t make them any smarter. Nearly all of the 2020 candidates opposing Trump appear to be on an ego trip and have nothing to offer the American citizen’s future or ideas how to keep making America greater since Trump started the ball rolling.

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