In a recent episode of "The Stephen A. Smith Show," popular ESPN personality Stephen A. Smith has urged Democrats to put forward a stronger candidate for the upcoming 2024 presidential election.
Smith expressed his concerns about President Joe Biden's age, who is currently 80 years old, suggesting that re-electing him may not be the best choice. Smith also discussed the incident where Biden stumbled over a sandbag during the Air Force Academy's commencement ceremony, reflecting on its implications.
While this comes as basic common sense to most of us, it's shocking to hear someone on ESPN say anything resembling a negative comment about a Democrat.
"It’s just my personal opinion, that’s all it is. Take it for what it’s worth. Somebody’s gotta say it, so I’m going to say it. We need a new president in 2024. We need a new president," Smith said.
"Let me be very, very clear about where I’m going with this. That could happen to anybody. It’s not a big deal. I’ve tripped and busted my behind on several occasions, sometimes running up the stairs. It happens. It’s not the end of the world. It’s not evidence that he’s just not all there. But he is 80. He’ll be 81 by the end of his term, approaching 82."
I’ll say it…and I know this will make some people mad…but I just think someone 80+ years old is too old to be President.
There has to be better options pic.twitter.com/keewnqFYU0
— Stephen A Smith (@stephenasmith) June 2, 2023
Smith voted for Biden in 2020. He wanted to be clear that he was not calling "for him to be removed from office." But he thinks the Democrats need a new candidate in 2020.
"Without trying to engage in any kind of ageism at all, because I don’t believe in it. There does come a point in time where there are certain jobs you don’t need. It’s not that you don’t need to be working, it’s not that you don’t need to be living your life, it’s not that you don’t need to be living a very vibrant lifestyle or anything like that, but there are responsibilities that are far, far, far more extensive than a typical 9 to 5 that somebody in their 80s may not need to be doing. I think the presidency is one of em."
Smith continued, "But here’s one of my biggest reasons – and again, forget Biden for a second because this is no disrespect to him. What does it say about our country where we’re looking at an 80-year-old, who will be 82 if he wins the presidency again in 2024? What does it say about our country if that’s what we’re depending on?"
The ESPN star then announced a candidate that would be "unbeatable."
"Michelle Obama. She’d win by a landslide," Smith said, while also pointing out that she'd never run for president.
Smith then circled back to his call for someone besides Biden to run the country. He's not questioning his capabilities, but it's more a concern about his age.
"I just don’t believe somebody in their 80s should be running the country."
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