- Ron DeSantis (45) claims that his former mentor Donald Trump (77) is too old to become president.
- “The presidency is not a job for someone who is pushing 80,” DeSantis said CNN on Sunday.
- DeSantis said he would be a better candidate because he is in his prime.
– said Florida Governor Ron DeSantis CNN on Sunday that his mentor-turned-rival Donald Trump is too old to become president.
“The presidency is not a job for someone who is pushing 80,” DeSantis said of Trump, who celebrated his 77th birthday in June.
“I just think that’s what was shown with Joe Biden,” DeSantis continued, referring to President Joe Biden, who will turn 81 on Monday. “Father Time is undefeated. Donald Trump is not exempt from this.”
DeSantis further stated that his age would make him a better candidate for the Republican Party’s presidential nomination.
“I’m in the prime of my life. “I’m going to go in on day one, I’m going to serve two terms, I’m going to deliver great results and I’m going to get this country working again,” DeSantis told CNN’s Jake Tapper. “This is what Republican voters want to see.”
DeSantis usually avoids direct attacks on his former mentor, even though they are both vying for the Republican Party’s presidential nomination.
A Trump campaign representative told Business Insider that the former president was beating DeSantis in the polls and sharply criticized DeSantis for making comments about Trump.
Representatives for DeSantis did not immediately respond to BI’s request for comment sent outside normal business hours.