American voters must face the fact that Joe Biden or Donald Trump could very well die in office if either wins the 2024 election, a top expert has warned.
Politico’s head of news Alexander Burns published a Friday part titled “Feinstein’s Demise is a Warning for Biden and Trump,” and argued that it’s time for older politicians to face the music while criticizing the “snark and brittleness” that reporters often face when asking questions about the health of politicians.
Biden, 80, is facing mounting questions about his health and was recently spotted wandering around after presenting a Vietnam veteran with a medal. Trump, 77, appears to be in better physical shape – but recently claimed Biden could lead the planet into World War II.
The article comes just days after California Senator Dianne Feinstein, aged 90, died while still in office after a battle with shingles, reported memory loss and fell at home.
“Feinstein’s death should be more than startling,” Burns wrote. “It should be a warning to those in both parties who believe they can bend their own mortality into an election calendar or a personal timeline for building a legacy.”
In recent years, Biden and Trump have both faced significant questions and concerns about their mental and physical well-being. Biden is already the oldest elected president in history and would be 86 years old when he completes a second term and steps down in January 2029.
A political expert has warned that American voters will face the possibility that President Joe Biden, 80, or former President Donald Trump, 77, could die in the White House if either wins in 2024.
Politico’s head of news Alexander Burns published a piece on Friday titled ‘Feinstein’s demise is a warning for Biden and Trump’
California Senator Dianne Feinstein died Friday at the age of 90, still in her seat in Congress
In his scathing article, Burns wrote that the trend of politicians staying in office while in an “old and weak” state is one that must quickly die out.
“There is a phenomenon in politics whereby if a person is old and weak, but continues to live in a reduced state for a while, he can almost convince people that he is immune to death,” the author wrote.
Burns went on to name several politicians and notable figures to whom this phenomenon applies, including John McCain and Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
McCain – a Republican senator from Arizona – died in 2018 at the age of 81 while battling brain cancer.
Ginsburg — a longtime Supreme Court justice and liberal dissenting member of the Court — died in 2020 at age 87 after several battles with cancer.
Her death gave Trump the opportunity to capture a more conservative-leaning Supreme Court with Amy Coney Barrett, who became Ginsburg’s successor.
Burns wrote that the political world becoming endangered and reacting in shock when older politicians die – specifically mentioning Feinstein – is not shocking at all.
“There is nothing really surprising about the end of life for someone in her frail condition, except perhaps that it has not happened before,” he wrote.
Burns wrote that the political world becoming endangered and reacting in shock when older politicians die – specifically mentioning Feinstein – is not shocking at all
The Politico expert continued, writing that with Trump and Biden looking to appear on the ballot next year, it is “more likely now than at any other time in recent history that the next American president will expire before his term ends.”
He then singled out Sen. Mitch McConnell, 81, whose health has recently come into question for appearing “neutral” during press conferences.
On at least two separate occasions since July, the Kentucky Republican has frozen on camera after falling earlier this year.
He, like Biden and Trump officials, has declined to answer questions about his physical and mental condition as he continues his work.
“All these men seem to resent being reminded of their own mortality,” Burns wrote.
The author then lashed out at the White House for making reporters and media members “snappy and brittle” when asking about the president’s age.
“If anyone in American politics knows that death follows its own calendar, it’s him (Biden). “The president cannot be unaware of the actuarial risks associated with seeking a second term — risks to himself, his party and the country,” the piece said.
Before meeting First Lady Jill Biden, the president’s first wife, Neilia Biden, and their one-year-old daughter, Naomi Biden, were killed in a car crash in 1972.
His son, Beau Biden, died in 2015 at the age of 46 after a battle with brain cancer.
During a recent speech, Trump (pictured) warned that Biden – if re-elected – would lead the US into ‘World War II’ in a gaffe-laden speech
The issue of eligibility for office has become a hot topic of conversation in recent years as more and more senior politicians cling to their roles.
Both Trump and Biden have been on the receiving end of these concerns.
During a recent speech, Trump warned that Biden – if re-elected – would lead the US into “World War II” in a gaffe-laden speech.
While addressing the Pray Vote Stand summit in Washington, the former president apparently referred to “World War III,” not the conflict that ended in 1945.
“We have a man who is totally corrupt and the worst president in the history of our country, who is cognitively impaired, incapable of leadership, and who is now responsible for dealing with Russia and a possible nuclear war.” , he said.
‘Think about it. If we had to rely on this man, we would very quickly find ourselves in World War II, which is far more devastating than any war.
“If that happens, there will never be a war; there will never be a war like this. It will destroy everything there is, everyone, it will destroy every country,” Trump said.
Likewise, Biden has had his fair share of blunders in the first three years of his presidency.
In a recent incident, Biden’s staff turned off his microphone during a wide-ranging press conference in Vietnam, which came to a sudden end.
Biden was mid-stream answering questions from reporters when he was interrupted and forced to shuffle away and go backstage.
President Joe Biden awards the Medal of Honor to Captain Larry Taylor, a Vietnam War Army pilot who risked his life to save a reconnaissance team
Just days before Biden’s Vietnam conference, he sparked backlash after hastily leaving a Medal of Honor ceremony at the White House, leaving a celebrated war hero uncomfortably alone on stage.
The president quickly left the East Room after awarding the nation’s highest military honor to Larry Taylor, 81, a retired Army captain celebrated for his heroics during the Vietnam War.
But while Taylor shed a tear as the medal was pinned to his lapel, Biden seemed less moved by the moment as he reportedly walked out the door before the closing benediction was read.
“Election politics is a contingent affair, and mortality is the ultimate contingency,” Burns wrote in his Politico piece.
“The only mystery is how few senior statesmen and stateswomen seem to understand this.”