Franklin Graham Thinks Trump Might Be Too Old to Run for President in 2024 in Hilariously Candid Interview
Ahead of the 2020 election, former President Donald Trump's allies frequently vouched for his stamina, often to the point of absurdity.
Fox News host Sean Hannity praised Trump for keeping an "insane schedule" last year. Tea Party member Nan Hayworth insisted Trump had "the vigor and stamina of ten people." Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee said Trump had the energy of a 32 year old.
So it may have come as a surprise when Evangelical leader and prominent Trump supporter Franklin Graham expressed reservations about Trump's health while speculating on whether he'll run for reelection in 2024.
In an interview for Axios on HBO, Graham said:
"I think for [Trump], everything will depend on his health at that time. If he still has energy and strength like he does. I don't."
He went on to say:
"You know the guy does not eat well, you know, and it's amazing the energy that he has."
Even after losing the White House in 2020 (and his subsequent denial of that reality), Trump's hold on the Republican party remains steadfast. The former President continues to be the frontrunner of potential 2024 candidates, though this support has shown signs of steadily slipping.
Whether Trump is willing to mount yet another presidential campaign remains to be seen, but many found themselves agreeing with Graham.
It's worth remembering that if Trump wins in 2024, he will be the oldest person ever elected to president https://t.co/vkGjZbmQmS— U.S. SpaceLawyer in France (@U.S. SpaceLawyer in France)1621237126.0
If we’ve learned anything this year, it’s to trust science. I bet a life insurance adjuster could probably estimate… https://t.co/Kwfr6dIZ53— James Tobyne (任翔） (@James Tobyne (任翔）)1621229494.0
@axios The President of Fast Food https://t.co/dHuGh29UPy— Brian (@Brian)1621210218.0
@axios Do ya think? Only reasonable thing I’ve heard him say.— Maj Snowflake Ret. ❄️ (@Maj Snowflake Ret. ❄️)1621205986.0
For others, Trump's health—poor diet and all—was the least of his weaknesses.
@axios That's the problem??!! 🤣— Suzanne Ford (@Suzanne Ford)1621206643.0
@axios There's 6 trillion reasons why I worry about Dump running again, but his diet ain't one of them— Katharina Haigh (@Katharina Haigh)1621207607.0
@axios That’s all that worries him https://t.co/fkdubkZs0c— It’s me, Eleanor (@It’s me, Eleanor)1621215862.0
A couple thought Graham would face retaliation from the former President for his candid comments.
@axios Cut to two days later when the Trump cult has banished Graham for saying such things.— Mauricio’s Smile (@Mauricio’s Smile)1621205879.0
Franklin Graham won't be invited to Mar-a-Lago anytime soon. He said Trump shouldn't run in 2024 because he'll be o… https://t.co/3HNs7lIBN5— Peggy Hunter (@Peggy Hunter)1621217973.0
Trump likely won't announce a presidential run until at least after the 2022 midterms—if he decides to run again at all.