Megyn Kelly claimed that Americans don’t want to vote for Joe Biden because they aren’t excited about electing “a near corpse”.
The journalist addressed a Wall Street Journal poll on Tuesday, published on Sunday, which places Biden and Donald Trump neck and neck with 46% each.
Kelly pointed out that 73 percent of all voters told pollsters they felt Biden, 80, was too old to run for a second term. Two-thirds of Democrats said they believed he was two years old.
Only 40% believe Trump, 77, is too old to run again. Kelly said the poll showed voters were not ageist, but simply felt Biden was too old.
“Voters are neither ableist nor ageist,” she said. “They take people on a case-by-case basis and they see a dynamic man in Trump and they see a near corpse – forgive me, but it’s true – in Biden.”
Both Joe Biden and Donald Trump are pictured on Sunday: Biden, 80, in Delaware and Trump, 77, in New York.
Kelly’s guest, Eliana Johnson, editor of the Washington Free Beacon, said Biden refused to step down because he thought other Democrats would lose the election.
“I think Biden thinks he’s the only person who can beat Trump in 2024,” Johnson said.
“I don’t think he thinks Kamala Harris can do it. And I don’t think the Democratic Party thinks Kamala Harris can do it. And I think that’s why you see Biden’s reluctance to get on stage and open a primary.
“I think Democrats are really concerned about not having someone willing to stand aside, in part because there would be deference to Kamala Harris.”
Megyn Kelly said on her podcast on Tuesday that voters didn’t like Joe Biden’s re-election bid because they didn’t want to vote for a “corpse.”
Kelly admitted that most voters weren’t excited about the prospect of a Trump-Biden rematch in 2024.
“But Trump has a huge number of people in his own party,” she said.
“Yet Joe Biden has his fingers in his ears and his eyes closed, and pretends there is no opposition.”
The survey showed a 26% margin between those who think Biden is too old and those who think Trump is too old to serve another term.
THE Wall Street Journal polltaken Aug. 24-30, showed that only 36% of 1,500 voters polled think Biden is mentally fit for office, while 46% think Trump is mentally competent for the job.
Author Franklin Foer, who wrote a biography on Biden’s first two years in office, said Sunday he wouldn’t be “totally shocked” if the president ended up dropping out of the race before the end of the year. year.
When asked by NBC Meet the Press host Chuck Todd on Sunday how he would react if Biden decided not to finalize his 2024 candidacy, Foer said, “It would be a surprise to me.
“But it wouldn’t be a total surprise.”
The author, who had “unprecedented access” to Biden and his inner circle, according to publisher Penguin Random House, noted that “one of the president’s major insecurities” “is that he doesn’t want to be perceived as stupid”.
Biden announced his bid for a second term with Vice President Kamala Harris in late April – but questions emerged last year about whether the president is too old or too unfit to serve four more years.
Only 40% of respondents in the WSJ poll say Biden has a solid record of achievement. But 51% say the same about Trump’s first term.
Infrastructure is the only policy area in which American voters approve of Biden’s professional performance.
At the same time, their disapproval outweighs their approval in areas such as the economy, inflation and the cost of living, border security, China and the war in Ukraine.
Age has become a central theme in the 2024 presidential race, with candidate Nikki Haley proposing earlier this year that there should be an age limit on who can run for the White House. She said 75 would be a good ceiling.