Former Fox host Geraldo Rivera said former President Donald Trump could eat a frail President Joe Biden alive on stage.
This comes after a new CBS News poll found that voters are more concerned about Biden’s age and his mental and cognitive health. The poll found that only 34 percent of registered voters believe Biden, 80, would serve a second term if re-elected, while 55 percent said the same of Trump, 77.
The White House has pushed back on claims that Biden is too old to run for re-election. “Eighty is the new 40. Haven’t you heard?” White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre told reporters during a press conference on Friday. Trump himself has said that Biden is not too old to run, but has criticized his competence. Newsweek has emailed the White House and a Trump spokesman seeking comment.
At an appearance on CNN tonight On Monday, Rivera said Biden’s frailty was Trump’s “best weapon.”
“It’s striking to me how frail Biden looks when you point out that he’s confused about whether to go this direction or that,” Rivera, 80, told host Laura Coates.
“And Trump, although only three years younger, deserves the credit for being more alive and vibrant,” he added.
Rivera said that while there is a possibility that people will rally around Biden, the president is not getting any younger. He added: “Even though he’s only eight months older than me, he looks like an old man.”
Coates questioned whether the perception of Biden was due in part to planting seeds.
“It wasn’t like his age was a secret the last time he competed,” she said. “There were the same criticisms as four years ago, but you now have a success story. Would that be enough to undermine what some of these polls say?”
Rivera said he didn’t believe that. “You know, time is inevitable. She hits anyway. And four years is a long time in the life of an 80-year-old. I can confirm that. That’s it. And I look like an 80-year-old for a job,” he added. “The incumbent president’s frailty is Trump’s best weapon.”
Trump “jumps onto the stage. He climbs the railing without holding on to it,” Rivera said. “It looks like he could eat Joe Biden on stage. You know, he looks like a different kind of creature.”
However, Rivera added that he does not believe the former president should win a second term. “I think he forfeited the right to be president, Donald Trump, when he incited the insurrection and unleashed the January 6 riots,” he said.
Trump has repeatedly accused the Justice Department and federal authorities of conducting a “witch hunt” against him in the Jan. 6 case. He previously wrote on Truth Social that he “did nothing wrong on January 6th” and called the Capitol insurrection peaceful and patriotic.
Trump is leading the race for the Republican presidential nomination by a wide margin, despite 91 indictments being filed against him in four criminal cases; two were filed in federal court in Washington and Florida; and two in state courts in New York and Georgia. The cases relate to his efforts to overturn his 2020 election defeat; allegations that he mishandled confidential documents; and hush money payments to cover up allegations of extramarital affairs. He has denied wrongdoing in all cases.
The CBS News poll, which had a margin of error of 2.1 percent, shows a close race in a rematch between Biden and Trump, with 49 percent supporting Biden and 50 percent saying they would vote for Trump.
Rivera said the results were remarkable. “It is extraordinary that Donald Trump survived all the primaries and [Florida Gov. Ron] DeSantis and everyone else and gets three-quarters of the Republican vote. And, you know, has now surpassed the sitting president,” he added.
“The fact that Trump is now leading Biden is a reality that everyone has to deal with,” Rivera said.