Ainsley Earhardt, a presenter on Fox News, was taken aback when she overheard an octogenarian diner at a restaurant in Urbandale, Iowa, openly criticizing First Lady Jill Biden, express her astonishment at the remarks.
Fox & Friends dispatched Earhardt to the Machine Shed, an early primary state dining establishment situated in a strategically significant area. This specific Friday morning program features a self-selected audience consisting primarily of individuals who have a profound affinity for Fox News; thus, they are extremely ardent supporters of the network. The consumers’ political criticism exhibits a strong correlation with the right-leaning viewpoint presented on Fox & Friends.
Nevertheless, Donna demonstrated unique attributes that distinguished her from her contemporaries.
The person in question ignored Earhardt’s inquiry concerning her principal concerns pertaining to the economy. Instead, she directed her critique towards the age of President Joe Biden. Moreover, it can be inferred that she specifically singled out the First Lady, whom she seemingly attributes accountability for the media’s depiction of the president, particularly on Fox News.
Donna began by expressing her concern with her age, specifically noting that she is five days younger than the president. “One of the things that bothers me is I’m five days younger than the president. And I said I gimp — my walk has a gimp, and I forget things once in a while.”
After establishing her expertise in geriatrics, she proceeded to articulate her political viewpoint. “I feel that [Biden] has been put out before people and been made fun of all the time,” she explained. “And I would hope to think that my family would not do that to me. And I feel that Jill Biden should be made to feel very badly for what she’s doing.”
Earhardt displayed a conspicuous expression of bewilderment in reaction to the profoundly moving and astute remarks, articulating her disbelief with an exclamatory “wow.”
Following that, she proceeded to inquire about Donna’s viewpoint regarding the most appropriate person to undertake the position of the Democratic candidate. Donna conceded in response, “That I don’t know. I think what I’d like to see is because they, the Democrats, don’t like him, I’d like to see the Kennedy running. I think that’s kind of fun to see what they’re going to be doing this year.”
The inclusion of the fact that Donna is the same age as a president who continues to be subject to age-related criticism lent an element of gravity to her remarks. The impact was heightened by the manner in which she expressed her critique, which was imbued with an empathy reminiscent of an Iowa grandmother.
Notwithstanding the restricted airtime allotted to her, Donna effectively conveyed a succinct discourse concerning Biden and the prevailing political climate.
Donna and Biden are precisely the same age, yet she is in a significantly superior mental state than he is.
Indeed, “fake news” CNN has been covering Joe’s age-related concerns and dismal poll results.
On Thursday the network noted:
President Joe Biden faces continued headwinds from broadly negative job ratings overall, widespread concerns about his age and decreased confidence among Democratic-aligned voters, according to a new CNN Poll conducted by SSRS.
There is no clear leader in a potential rematch between Biden and former President Donald Trump, who is widely ahead in the GOP primary. And nearly half of registered voters (46%) say that any Republican presidential nominee would be a better choice than Biden in 2024.
Meanwhile, hypothetical matchups also suggest there would be no clear leader should Biden face one of the other major GOP contenders, with one notable exception: Biden runs behind former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley.
Since Biden announced his reelection bid earlier this year – where he framed the 2024 contest as a fight against Republican extremism – his approval ratings have remained mired below the mid-40s, similar to Trump’s standing in 2019, and several points below Ronald Reagan, Barack Obama and Bill Clinton at this point ahead of their reelection campaigns.
Still, Biden’s prospective opponents face challenges of their own: 44% of voters feel any Democratic candidate would be a better choice than Trump. Among the full public, both Biden’s and Trump’s favorability ratings stand at just 35%.
CNN continued with the bad news for the octogenarian:
Views of Biden’s performance in office and on where the country stands are deeply negative in the new poll. His job approval rating stands at just 39%, and 58% say that his policies have made economic conditions in the US worse, up 8 points since last fall. Seventy percent say things in the country are going badly, a persistent negativity that has held for much of Biden’s time in office, and 51% say government should be doing more to solve the nation’s problems.
Perceptions of Biden personally are also broadly negative, with 58% saying they have an unfavorable impression of him. Fewer than half of Americans, 45%, say that Biden cares about people like them, with only 33% describing him as someone they’re proud to have as president. A smaller share of the public than ever now says that Biden inspires confidence (28%, down 7 percentage points from March) or that he has the stamina and sharpness to serve effectively as president (26%, down 6 points from March), with those declines driven largely by Democrats and independents.
When CNN turns on you, you know things are bad.