Republican frontrunner Donald J. Trump continued to heap ridicule on his potential opponent in next year’s election, taking a jab at President Joe Biden for using “children’s stairs” to board Air Force One.
The former president spoke to supporters in Derry, New Hampshire on Monday, returning to the Granite State to register for its primary, a key contest for early momentum, and during a rally in which he talked about the weaponization of the legal system against him and the rising tensions in the Middle East, he couldn’t resist taking a shot at the geriatric Democrat.
“Crooked Joe can’t even walk up the children’s stairs in Air Force One,” he said, drawing laughs from the audience for Biden’s difficulty navigating the shorter staircase, an accommodation by his handlers to minimize the chances of him stumbling.
“Crooked Joe can’t even walk up the children’s stairs on Air Force One”: President Trump EXCORIATES Biden in Derry, New Hampshire pic.twitter.com/JE3Clfr52Q
— RSBN (@RSBNetwork) October 23, 2023
“Now doesn’t that look terrible?” Trump asked, saying that Americans want to see their leader be able to walk off of the presidential aircraft “nice and high” and able to wave to everyone without having to worry about faceplanting.
“This guy goes through the little stairs. We call them the children’s stairs,” he said to the laughing crowd. “And now he’s made it a common practice because he can’t quite make it up or down.”
“I think he has a bigger time making it up,” he added. “Usually that’s supposed to be easier…”
“Or find his way off a stage…he can’t find his way off a stage,” Trump continued before imitating the octogenarian leader’s frequent confusion after speaking events, turning his back to the audience and acting like he’s lost his way as uproarious laughter rang out.
Trump has previously mocked Biden’s befuddlement, mimicking his inability to find his way off stage during an appearance at the California Republican Party convention in Anaheim last month.
Hahahahahahahaha: Trump imitating Biden getting lost on stage multiple times. WATCH pic.twitter.com/aw6Qeqzgqv
— Simon Ateba (@simonateba) September 29, 2023
The growing public perception that Biden is too old for another White House term has his campaign team fearful that another ugly spill like the one after he spoke to graduating Air Force cadets when he “tripped” over a sandbag that was left onstage would doom his hopes for reelection and have implemented a number of preventative measures – including the “children’s stairs” on Air Force One.
Last month, Axios reported that Team Biden embarked on a “mission” to keep the 80-year-old career politician upright with measures that included working out with a physical therapist to improve his balance, wearing tennis shoes more often, and using a shorter staircase when getting on and off of Air Force One.
“Democrats, including some in the administration, are terrified that Biden will have a bad fall — with a nightmare scenario of it happening in the weeks before the November 2024 election,” according to the outlet. “Some senior Democrats privately have been frustrated with Biden’s advance team for months, citing the sandbag incident and noting that the president often appears not to know which direction to go after he speaks at a podium.”
During his remarks in Derry, Trump also commented on Biden’s demagogic “soul of a nation” speech last year in Philadelphia where the nation’s 46th president stood on a stage bathed in blood-red lighting flanked by U.S. Marines and effectively declared tens of millions of Trump supporters to be enemies of the state.
“I watched Biden with that one, remember the one with the red background? Looked like the devil,” Trump joked. “The same set designer who does the same set of him at the beach,” having also noted that Biden once again went to the beach with the world on the brink of a cataclysmic war that could be sparked by a conflict between Israel and Iran over Gaza.
“Somebody thinks he looks good at the beach,” Trump added. “I don’t think so.”
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