When the GOP’s Ronald W. Reagan ran in 1980 to unseat President Jimmy Carter, Democrats, Big Media screamed: REAGAN IS TOO OLD! The media made Reagan’s age a constant theme throughout the election in order to help Carter win re-election.
Carter, born in 1924, was age 56. Reagan, born is 1911, was age 69. Despite the constant drumbeat from ABC, NBC, CBS & NPR* that Americans should not and cannot vote for a man who was “so old,” Reagan won in a landslide.
During the 1984 election, Carter’s Vice President, Walter (Fritz) Mondale, challenged Reagan for the White House. Mondale was age 56, and Reagan was age 73. Reagan’s win was an even bigger landslide. He won in ALL states except Minnesota, Mondale’s home state.
And the rest is history. Reagan, who’s doctor said he had the constitution of a man half his age, completed both terms in good health, despite an assassin’s bullet shot in his lung just weeks into his first term. He passed away in 2004 at age 95, 15 years after leaving the Oval Office.
AGE & THE PRESIDENCY: 2016 ELECTION
Did you hear a peep about Donald J. Trump’s age DURING THE ELECTION? He was born in 1946 so he turned age 70 during the campaign. Ever wonder why Big Media, Social Media and the Dems said NOT A WORD about Trump’s “advanced” age?
The answer is clear: his opponent, Queen Hillary, was just one year younger and in poor health. She was born in 1947 and turned age 69 during the election.
If the DNC and their partner, Big Media, had brought up the issue of age there would have been an even bigger focus** on Queen Hillary’s health problems: 1) severe concussion several years earlier, 2) symptoms of A-Fib, a serious heart condition, 3) lack of stamina, and 4) pneumonia*** during her campaign, to name just a few. It is likely she has other health problems that she is successfully hiding.
AGE & THE PRESIDENCY: 2020 DEMOCRAT PRIMARY
Here comes Joe Biden, who is showing signs of senility, and Bernie Sanders who were born in 1942 and 1941, respectively, and will be 78 and 79 during the 2020 election.**** If either of them is the Democrat candidate for president I can guarantee you that no reporter working for a biased media outlet will be allowed to mention the word “age” or “elderly” or “dementia” or “senility.”
Should one of the “young whipper-snappers” be the DNC’s nominee to challenge Trump, age 74 in 2020, you can be assured that “age,” “elderly,” “too old,” and numerous synonyms will be in every other sentence uttered.
MY ADVICE TO PRESIDENT TRUMP
When Mondale was running against President Reagan in 1984, the Media made age a huge issue. During one of the presidential debates, Reagan was asked about the “age issue.” He answered: “I refuse to exploit, for political purposes, my opponent’s youth and inexperience.” Even Mondale laughed.
Diane L. Gruber
*Cable TV and the internet did not exist. Broadcast television had long since become the public relations firm for the Democrat Party.
**Some of her health problems were displayed on camera so Big Media had no choice but mention them: Uncontrollable coughing and fainting.
***Pneumonia is a disease of opportunity. It strikes mostly people who have other medical problems that depress their immune systems. This writer was diagnosed with pneumonia at age 16, after an undiagnosed problem went undetected for three years. The doctor discovered the other problem because HEALTHY teenagers just don’t catch pneumonia. It is the same with HEALTHY adults.
****Granted, the concept of “old” has changed substantially over the last few decades. In the 1950s, 1960s, 1970s it was rather common place for men, and to a lesser extent women, in their 40s & 50s to die of natural causes. With the advance of medical science, Americans now expect most people to live into their 70s and 80s. Senator John McCain’s mother is still alive at age 107, but his father died at age 70 in 1981.