One of former President Donald Trump’s greatest assets remains his ability to elicit laughter and rapt attention from crowds who stand for hours to hear him speak. He didn’t disappoint Wednesday night, repeating an imitation of President Joe Biden losing his way while trying to exit the stage.
Speaking in Coralville, Iowa, Trump mocked the 81-year-old incumbent over a recent appearance where he finished remarks at a podium and turned 180 degrees, attempting to walk through a wall. The president’s aides eventually cajoled him to use stairs found on either side of the stage.
The comedic routine, which President Trump has utilized before, drew a hearty dose of laughter from spectators clad in MAGA caps and waving signs promoting his reelection.
Despite being 77 years old, President Trump runs circles around President Biden when it comes to demonstrating vitality on the trail. He has ridiculed Biden’s frequent shuffling across the White House lawn or his trudging through the sand at the beach, saying the Democrat looks like he’s “walking on toothpicks.” After a number of high-profile incidents in which Biden fell, tripped, spaced out, or got lost during a short walk going from point A to point B, the White House has launched a full-scale effort to strap grippy shoes to the president’s feet and provided him with smaller sets of stairs to use while boarding Air Force One. President Trump has even predicted that he thinks Biden “won’t make it” to Election Day.
The ridicule has taken a toll on President Biden’s public image with deep majorities of Americans believing he is too old to serve a second term. Even longtime allies in the media like sports broadcaster Stephen A. Smith and former Obama advisor David Axelrod have suggested the elderly president step aside, to which he has called Axelrod a “prick” and suggested reporters are asking “stupid” questions about the topic.
For months, President Biden was being challenged for his party’s nomination by Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. until he opted to continue his campaign as an independent candidate. More recently, Democratic Congressman Dean Phillips (D-MN) has launched a long-shot bid to overtake Biden, declaring in a recent ad that it’s time for the aging incumbent to “pass the torch” to a new generation of progressive leaders.