Nikki Haley Just Took the Joe Biden Age Question to an Uncomfortable New Level

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When I watched the video clip and read the tweet from former Trump ambassador to the U.N. and current 2024 GOP presidential candidate Nikki Haley where she took Disney’s side over Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ on the same day they filed a lawsuit against him, my first reaction was to literally cringe.


The second thing I did was think to myself who the hell is advising her? Because it was a seriously terrible look, whether one is a fan of DeSantis or not. I mean, in my opinion, it is a non-negotiable thing that whoever the eventual GOP presidential nominee is has to be willing and eager to go the distance on fighting against the worst elements of what the wokesters in the Democratic party and their willing accomplices in Corporate America have in mind for this country.

But as it turns out, shamelessly inviting Disney to bring their jobs and tax dollars to her home state of South Carolina while grabbing a page from the Trump playbook on the “sanctimonious” DeSantis jabs wasn’t the only thing Haley said during that Fox News interview Wednesday that raised eyebrows.

At another point in the segment, the discussion was about President Joe Biden formally declaring his bid for reelection Tuesday. Haley’s response to Biden’s video announcement was to suggest that he was “unlikely” to live to see 86, which is the age he would be if he finished his second term.

“He announced that he’s running again in 2024, and I think that we can all be very clear and say with a matter of fact that if you vote for Joe Biden you really are counting on a President Harris,” Haley stated.

“Because the idea that he would make it until 86 years old is not something that I think is likely.”



As it has been since 2019 when some of his fellow contenders for the Democratic presidential nomination first brought it up, Joe Biden’s age and mental fitness to lead are now and will remain major issues for him going into 2024.

Past and current polls have shown that a majority of Americans view Biden’s age and physical/mental health as big concerns. And Haley herself has called for “mandatory mental competency tests for politicians over 75 years old,” an idea First Lady Jill Biden called “ridiculous” but which former President Donald Trump, 76, and a candidate for the GOP nomination himself, supports.

But putting death scenarios out there is new territory, I think, for candidates for public office and especially at this level. And while I do agree that Biden’s age is fair game and that questions about his mental acuity are also within bounds considering the position he holds and wants to continue to hold for four additional years, it doesn’t strike me as wise to make death predictions about political opponents.

Trump is not that far behind Biden in the age department but comes across as far more robust and active from a stamina standpoint, and yet there were Democrats and media types during his time in office suggesting he was on his last breath just because he walked slowly down a ramp one time and gripped a glass of water with two hands on another occasion. The suggestion then that he was close to death then was out of bounds, in my opinion, and it is now as well.


Unless someone has hard evidence that their opponent is on their deathbed, I think this tactic should be thrown in the trash. There are myriad issues to take with Joe Biden, after all, with his age and questionable physical and mental health being among them. Adding death predictions to the list is, in my view, a bit on the grotesque side and I’d honestly like for GOP candidates to not “go there” — like at all.

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