President Joe Biden tripped over a sandbag while walking off stage after delivering the commencement address at the U.S. Air Force Academy’s graduation ceremony. Naturally, Republicans are loving this and using it to attack his age while forgetting that Donald Trump is only four years younger and afraid of stairs.
Donald Trump patronizingly said, “I hope he wasn’t hurt,” and then defended his own baby steps as he walked down a ramp at West Point in 2020, saying, “Look, the whole thing is crazy. You gotta be careful about that. Even if you have to tiptoe down a ramp, you gotta tiptoe.”
You may believe Trump was trying to be nice, but one look at his feed on Truth Social shows you he’s not, as he’s posted a doctored video mocking Biden’s fall.
Trump defended his baby steps in 2020, saying the ramp was “very long & steep, had no handrail, and, most importantly, was very slippery.” He also said the “last thing I was going to do is fall for the Fake News to have fun with,” like he’s having fun with now.
When Trump took those baby steps, it inspired the hashtag #TrumpIsNotWell. He’s still not well and never has been. When Trump walked down the “slippery” ramp, he was walking next to a general who was not walking like a toddler with a brain injury. He was putting one foot in front of the other while Trump would take a step with his right foot, then plant his left foot right next to it, then repeat, etc. And I get it. Those inclines can be a bit tricky.
I like to take walks, and often through Mary Washington University which is in my neighborhood. One of the sidewalks at the university has an incline that’s kinda steep and I’m always afraid that when I walk down it that my walk will kinda turn into a stumbling run forced by gravity. Falling down or missing a step doesn’t mean you’re a feeble old man. And, it doesn’t make you unqualified for political office. I’ve been clumsy my entire life and my mother used to say I could fall up stairs.
But Donald Trump and his supporters are the last people who should make fun of someone for being feeble. It also illustrates the cruelty of Republican humor. An old man falling down is hilarious to them.
But don’t forget, Donald Trump needs two hands to hold a water bottle while he takes a sip. He needed a golf cart at a world summit while leaders of other nations walked together. He’s afraid to go out in the rain because he might get his hair wet. He’s famously afraid of stairs and didn’t take any steps while coming down the golden Trump Tower escalator to announce his 2016 presidential bid. Trump does not move fast. He’s a slow person, physically and mentally. And don’t forget the time his dentures almost fell out while delivering a statement to the press.
But one thing is for certain. Now that Trump and Republicans have mocked President Biden for stumbling, Donald Trump is going to trip and hit the ground himself very soon.
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