Musk says Biden too old to be ‘in touch’ with younger generations as president

Though no official pronouncement has been made yet, President Joe Biden and others in the White House have clearly and repeatedly insinuated that the elderly president, who will turn 82 in 2024, will run for a second term in the Oval Office.

That prospect doesn’t sit well with many Americans, nor with innovative tech billionaire Elon Musk, as Biden would be “too old” to serve as the nation’s leader, the Conservative Brief reported.

Musk’s primary complaint about a potential second term for Biden is that, at his advanced age, it seems virtually impossible that he would be “in touch” with the wants and needs of the majority of the country’s population that is, on average, roughly two generations younger than the current president.

Biden too old to remain “in touch” with younger generations

According to Business Insider, Musk’s remarks about President Biden’s age came during a recent interview with the Financial Times.

“You don’t want to be too far from the average age of the population because it’s going to be very difficult to stay in touch,” Musk reportedly told the outlet.

“Maybe one generation away from the average age is OK, but two generations?” he posited. “At the point where you’ve got great-grandchildren, I don’t know, how in touch with the people are you? Is it even possible to be?”

Musk vs. Biden

To be sure, this is certainly not the first time that Musk, who has acknowledged that he voted for Biden in 2020, has been critical of the current president. Musk, who routinely voted for Democrats in the past, has since stated his intention to begin voting for Republicans in the future, beginning with this year’s midterm elections.

Part of his beef with Biden, it appears, is Biden’s exclusion of Musk’s Tesla company from federal tax credits for the purchase of electric vehicles, despite Tesla being a leading manufacturer of such vehicles.

That decision by Biden, paired with snide mockery of Musk, likely stems from the fact that Biden is beholden to labor unions in the automobile sector while Musk has famously been anti-union and Tesla employees are not unionized.

Majority supports age limit for elected officials

As for Musk’s assertion that President Biden is too old to serve a second term, he is far from alone in that regard, as Forbes reported in September on a recent CBS News poll that found that solid majorities of Democrats, Republicans, and independents all believed there should be a maximum age limit imposed on all elected public officials, the president included.

What age that cap should be is up for debate, but roughly 84 percent believed it should be set at age 80 or younger — which would obviously render Biden ineligible by age for a second term in office in 2024.

Meanwhile, Forbes also pointed to other polls that showed substantial majorities of all voters, including Democrats, wanted to see somebody other than Biden — and presumably much younger — be the Democratic Party’s nominee in the next presidential election cycle.

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