Neither Donald Trump nor Joe Biden are the youngest guys around. However, that did not stop Trump from using a press gaggle at the White House to compare the state of his own youth and vibrancy to that of the former Vice President.
Trump was set off when one reporter asked:
“How old is too old to be president?”
“I think that I just feel like a young man. I’m so young! I’m the youngest person. I am a young, vibrant man. I look at Joe [Biden], I don’t know about him. I don’t know about him. I would never say anyone else is too old. I know they’re all making me look very young, both in terms of age and in terms of energy.”
The remarks come on the heels of former Vice President Biden announcing his candidacy for the Democratic Party’s nomination for the 2020 presidential race. In his opening advertisement, Vice President Biden made reference to Trump’s widely criticized handling of the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. In response to that, Trump decided to bring up that conflict as well with reporters:
“If you look at what I said you will see that that question was answered perfectly.”
“I was talking about people that went because they felt very strongly about the monument to Robert E. Lee, a great general. Whether you like it or not, he was a great general.”
The topic then turned to the vaccination crisis and the horrible measles outbreak the nation is currently facing as a result of people’s refusals to vaccinate their children. Trump said:
“They have to get their shots. The vaccinations are so important. This is really going around now. They have to get their shots.”
Here is video of some of Trump’s Friday morning remarks on vaccinations. It does bear mentioning, though, that Trump has, in the past, floated conspiracy theories linking vaccinations to autism:
"They have to get their shots. The vaccinations are so important," President Trump said amid the worst measles outbreak in recent history.
Previously, Trump has falsely claimed there is a link between the measles vaccine and autism. pic.twitter.com/jRknC6wNW0
— POLITICO (@politico) April 26, 2019
Aside from these remarks, Trump also referenced the Mueller investigation, and insisted that he would have been well within his rights to fire Mueller, though he did say that he never told anyone in his White House to do so:
Pres. Trump claims he never told former White House counsel Don McGahn to fire special counsel Robert Mueller, adding: "There would have been nothing wrong with firing him, legally I had absolute right to fire him." https://t.co/tbeGQveuQ0 pic.twitter.com/AzNlk38j5q
— ABC News (@ABC) April 26, 2019
All in all, the presser was a revealing look at just what was on the president’s mind as he headed off to Indianapolis for a speech, and the reporters were able to get an unscripted earful for their papers and broadcasts.
Shannon Barber is a progressive queer feminist and budding political scientist. She is passionate about issues of social justice, including but not limited to racial equality, criminal justice reform, pro-Black politics, and LGBTQ equality. She hopes to change the world, one mind at a time.