President Donald Trump tweeted an image Tuesday of his Democratic opponent, Joe Biden, edited onto the body of an elderly person sitting in a wheelchair, endorsing him for “Resident” of a retirement home.
The image showed a room full of elderly wheelchair users with Biden’s face superimposed on one of them. Biden is 77, Trump is 74.
Despite being only a few years apart, Trump and his campaign have invested big in trying to cast Biden as too old for the job. Trump has repeatedly called him “sleepy” and “stupid.” He’s seized on the former vice president’s speech issues and gaffes to claim he has dementia.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 14, 2020
Trump has been hemorrhaging support from senior voters in the polls, due in part to his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, which carries higher risks for older people. Trump had a 9-percentage-point advantage with voters 65 and older in the 2016 election against Democrat Hillary Clinton, according to the Pew Research Center, but numerous polls now indicate Biden leads Trump with that group three weeks ahead of the Nov. 3 election.
HuffPost has reached out to the Biden campaign for comment on Trump’s tweet.
At a Florida campaign event on Tuesday, Biden told potential voters at a senior citizen community center that Trump’s careless remarks about the coronavirus affecting “virtually nobody” show he doesn’t care about them.
“To Donald Trump, it’s simple, not a joke, you’re expendable. You’re forgettable. You’re virtually nobody. That’s how he sees seniors. That’s how he sees you,” Biden said.
The Trump camp has courted seniors with an eight-figure ad campaign in swing states. Last week, Trump tweeted a rambling video addressed to “my favorite people in the world, the seniors,” promising them a free COVID-19 “cure.”
While some Trump supporters appeared to find the president’s tweet funny, critics piled on. Some called it ageist, and others said it was a strange move for a candidate to further alienate a voting demographic whose support he has been losing.
Sick burn, sir! Let those old farts know that their time is up.
— Tommy Vietor (@TVietor08) October 14, 2020
Probably wise to write off the senior vote at this point. You were already losing them badly.
— Helen Kennedy (@HelenKennedy) October 14, 2020
Meanwhile, he’s literally three years older than you are and so far I’ve not seen you doing any kind of exercise. He can even speak while riding a bike *and* wearing a mask. pic.twitter.com/FG3ZePqUMX
— Tom Coates (@tomcoates) October 14, 2020
There is no bottom to how low he will go. But the projector is clearly in whatever serves as the basement. Oh, and way to alienate a dedicated voting block. https://t.co/z9tU3WgvZs
— Dan Rather (@DanRather) October 14, 2020
“With Donald Trump… you’re expendable,” Biden told a group of seniors today.
“You’re forgettable, you’re virtually nobody. That’s how he sees seniors. That’s how he sees you.” https://t.co/qVoEMo4HmV
— Andrew Solender (@AndrewSolender) October 14, 2020
My 91-year-old grandfather, who has Alzheimer’s, lives in a long term care facility. I can’t see him in person because of COVID-19.
This is genuinely sickening. Our elders deserve better. pic.twitter.com/2eaqfEL8hU
— Mark Joseph Stern (@mjs_DC) October 14, 2020
Trump 2020: Nursing Home Residents Are Disgusting Jokes
— Chris Hayes (@chrislhayes) October 14, 2020
When you’re badly underperforming with seniors and decided to attack Biden by… mocking seniors. pic.twitter.com/mMyx9uTQRw
— Josh Jordan (@NumbersMuncher) October 14, 2020
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