Political commentator Megyn Kelly delivered a dark omen during a taping of her eponymous podcast on Wednesday.
Kelly raised concerns that the leading candidates for both major political parties “could die” during the election season.
“You know what’s crazy is if it winds up being Trump, Biden in the contest, forgive me, but they could both die,” Kelly said on Wednesday’s episode of “The Megyn Kelly Show.”
“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.”
The health and age of the 46th president has been a perennial concern ever since the 2020 Democratic presidential primary when Biden’s opponents cited his age as a disqualifying factor.
When Kamala Harris was selected as Biden’s running mate that year, pundits suggested that it could prove to be one of the most significant vice presidential choices in history, with the implication that Biden could die or end up otherwise incapacitated before the end of his term. Speculation about the president’s cognitive faculties have only yielded increased concerns throughout his presidency.
Donald Trump, on the other hand, is roughly four years younger than Biden, and this fact, along with his aggressive wit and virile manner, has generally shielded the “Art of the Deal” author from the same level of age-based scrutiny as his likely 2024 opponent.
Nonetheless, there has been growing speculation about the mortality of this polarizing, and oft-named “orange man” over the span of his political life.
The essayist Sam Kriss, in a list of predictions published at the beginning of this year, forecasted that the former president would pass away before the sun completed its next rotation, claiming that the event of Trump’s death would be likely on account of his personal habits and advanced age.
“If Trump makes it to April, he will be 77 years old, which is the average US life expectancy. (When he took office, it was 78.5.) He weighs 244 pounds. … Every day, he drinks a dozen Diet Cokes, and eats two hamburgers, a bucket of fried chicken, and a pint and a half of cherry vanilla ice cream.
“He believes that exercise is bad for you, since the human body comes with a finite quantity of energy, and the more physical activity you perform, the more you run down your stores of life. He is dying. He will die,” Kriss bluntly prophesied.
Interestingly, Trump himself has downplayed concerns about his likely opponent’s age. During an interview last April with Tucker Carlson, Trump posited that “what’s wrong with” Biden was unrelated to the president’s age, adding “I think they do the age thing because I’m 4-5 years behind. They say ‘this is a way of getting Trump.'”
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