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Trump vs. Biden in 2024: Can’t America Do Any Better?

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President of the United States Donald Trump speaking with attendees at the 2019 Student Action Summit hosted by Turning Point USA at the Palm Beach County Convention Center in West Palm Beach, Florida. Image by Gage Skidmore.

Though the 2024 election is still 26 and half months away – which can be both an eternity and just around the corner at the same time – all indications are that we’re heading for a rematch between President Joe Biden and former-President Donald Trump. Biden has been blunt that he’s intent on running, while Trump continues to drop not-so-subtle hints.

Both men would be the oldest candidates to ever run for the highest office in the land, and perhaps that is why an increasing plurality of registered voters are now indicating that it is time for fresh blood. According to a new Yahoo News/YouGov poll, it would be “the worst thing that could happen” if either President Biden (39 percent) or former-President Donald Trump (41 percent) were to win a second term in 2024.

Moreover, just half as many voters – at 22 percent – said Trump’s return to the Oval Office would be “the best thing that could happen,” while a mere 8 percent said the same of a second Biden term.

Ouch!

In fact, other polls tell a very similar story. According to a Politico/Morning Consult survey, 48 percent of voters said Trump should definitely not run again in 2024, while a further 13 percent say he should probably not run. Likewise, 46 percent of voters said that Biden should definitely not run, while 18 percent said he should probably not run.

In addition to being the oldest men to run for president – should the rematch happen – they each have the dubious distinction of having some of the worst poll numbers.

On the Right Track? Nope!

According to recent polls, Biden’s approval rating stands at just 33 percent, as Americans continue to worry that the country is headed for recession. A New York Times/Siena College poll found that just 13 percent of Americans believe the country is on the right track – and the same poll found that 64 percent of Democrats would prefer a different candidate in 2024.

Americans may not agree on many things, but most agree the country needs someone who can bring us together. Simply put, neither Biden nor Trump is a unifier, or even close to one.

Of course, Trump never really promised to be one; yet, Biden campaigned on bringing the country together, famously declaring there are no blue states or red states. Since taking office, however, Biden’s hardly been a unifier – often taking a “my way or the highway” approach to governance. This has been true in his calls for gun control, his withdrawal from Afghanistan, and most recently, his stance on the economy.

Even with Democrat control of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives he’s been unable to get much accomplished and has continuously faced push-back in his own party.

Age still remains an issue, especially for Biden as many Americans don’t see him fit for the job. That hasn’t gotten better this summer. On Thursday, Biden tested positive for the fifth day in a row for Covid, and while he has mild symptoms it is impacting his ability to do his job. He will likely remain in isolation through the weekend.

When Biden took office in 2021, he was 78, and already the oldest president ever – breaking a record previously held by Ronald Reagan. Should he be reelected in 2024, he could be 86 by the end of his second term. Trump is just three years younger than Biden, and concerns linger about whether either man would be able to perform the job while they’re in their 80s.

Perhaps retirement wouldn’t be bad – Trump apparently likes to golf, and Biden could spend his days riding his beloved Amtrak. The country might approve and even unify behind it.

A Senior Editor for 1945, Peter Suciu is a Michigan-based writer who has contributed to more than four dozen magazines, newspapers and websites. He regularly writes about military hardware, firearms history, cybersecurity and international affairs. Peter is also a Contributing Writer for Forbes. You can follow him on Twitter: @PeterSuciu.

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Peter Suciu is a Michigan-based writer who has contributed to more than four dozen magazines, newspapers and websites. He is the author of several books on military headgear including A Gallery of Military Headdress, which is available on Amazon.com. Suciu is also a contributing writer for Forbes Magazine.

6 Comments

6 Comments

  1. Ghost Tomahawk

    August 5, 2022 at 5:48 pm

    Compare their policies and their results. Even with Covid Trumps economy chugged along. Bidens economy imploded almost immediately. This was due to policy. Not age. Trump was unpopular with democrats because they want someone who they can like…regardless of their effectiveness. This is seen with Obama who was massively ineffective but got a pass because he was “likeable” and black. Same can be said for Hillary. She was billed as the “most qualified person to ever run for office” regardless of her being terribly unlikeable she had produced nothing her entire political career. The only success she really found was being able to suppress the women who accused her husband of rape and dodging DOJ investigation for a year while hiding out in nonextradition countries during the 90s but she was a woman.

    While Trump a real estate mogul runs a large company, it is run more like a small business. While some look at this as a negative it is actually a positive. Bloated govt agencies and cabinets are a drain on the tax payer and are woefully unproductive. Eventhough his first year or 2 were turbulent he did get a lot done and that can not be said about Biden.

    Biden was billed as the steady moderate hand who would bring everyone together. None of this is or was true. Biden has always done whatever the party wanted. He was Obamas old white hood ornament, he was the aww shucks dummy that passed the crime bill…he backed racists for years. Yet the voters bought it hook line and sinker. Even with claims of pedophilia and racism coming out of the wood works on the internet…the media poo poo’d it to shove that turd into office.

    Its not age. Its track record. Trump while yucky at times at least looks like he knows whats going on. The Easter Bunny isnt corralling him. Melania doesnt have to guide him around like a dementia patient.

    If Biden is the best the Democrats have to offer thats an indictment on them. If Trump is the best the GOP has to offer its better than Biden. TRACK RECORD. NOT OPTICS. If its not Trump its DeSantis. Whom else does the DNC have? Which is why its Biden.

  2. Marc

    August 6, 2022 at 2:27 am

    This site, partially interesting, is just a nest of idiot never Trumpers. Fools. Discontinuing the rss feeds. Not punishment, just getting away from idiots.

  3. Jacksonian Libertarian

    August 6, 2022 at 5:13 am

    Getting your poll numbers from Leftist fakenews Politico is stupid.

    Trump has overwhelming numbers for the Republican Primary, and his nearest competitor is DeSantis, who is a political clone.

    Biden on the other hand has the worst approval rating in history, and Democrats are 80% against him running again.

  4. MN

    August 6, 2022 at 5:22 am

    Trump is a turd and the US should stop to put their future in geriatric incompetents.
    For god’s sake, use your brain. There are so many better suited options, try a female president for onces.
    Stop bying shit from China and make your own… that is what made America great after the second world war.
    For Europe goes the same… stop putting your future and trust in Asia. They only want our money and nothing else.

  5. Steve

    August 6, 2022 at 6:44 pm

    Out current situation in America is what happens when thin-skinned, arrogant people are unrelentingly droned to hate, berate, resist, and basically behave like defiant children, for 4 straight years because they didnt get their way.
    Propaganda is dangerous – We now have a geriatric patient for a Pres who has tooppled the economy, savrificed Americans in the name of pleasing our enemies, been bitch-slapped by a thug he said he was the one to stand up to him, and who has the blood of tens of thousands of Ukrainians allnofver him… hut also a propaganda machine that elected him standing firmly behind him.
    America got what it deserved for allowing luberal hatred to rule over common sense… and the world is now paying for America’s tantrum throwing elites.
    .

  6. Doug

    August 7, 2022 at 6:13 pm

    They should both get out of the way.
    In addition the election process is flawed and needs to be replaced. In 2016 Clinton received 65,853,625 votes Trump received 62,985,106. But due to the electoral college system Clinton had 232 Trump 306. So Trump “won”
    Numbers are from NYT.
    Just imagine if there was an election for your local town mayor and one person got 65 votes the other 62. But the person with 62 votes was declared the winner. Would you accept that absurdity?

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