Independent journalist and podcast host Megyn Kelly laid out her concerns going into a possible 2024 rematch between 2020 rivals President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump: “They could both die.”
Noting that Biden, 80, would be 86 years old by the end of a potential second term — and Trump, now 76, would be 82 — she pointed out that both men were at an age when almost anything could happen.
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The discussion began on Kelly’s Sirius XM podcast on Tuesday, with Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) and his official entry into the 2024 Republican presidential primary — and Kelly spoke with guests Emily Jashinsky and Eliana Johnson about whether Scott had any real path to victory.
“Maybe Donald Trump has to drop out for some unforeseen reason, and then Tim Scott will be there waiting in the wings again. I’m skeptical of that. But that is their idea of where things could go,” Jashinsky suggested.
But Kelly took things a step further, saying, “You know what’s crazy is if it winds up being Trump, Biden in the contest, forgive me, but they could both die. Like, they’re old enough that one might not make it to the actual election day, never mind through a first term, or in Biden’s case, a second. I mean, this is something we actually have to factor in when you have presidential candidates who are around 80 years old.”
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who lost to Trump in 2016, also warned in a recent interview that voters were right to consider Biden’s advanced age a factor in the upcoming election. “His age is an issue, and people have every right to consider it,” she told Financial Times editor Edward Luce.