Donald Trump Is Now a 70-Year-Old

He'll be the oldest person to ever become US president if he wins
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 14, 2016 8:50 AM CDT
Donald Trump Is Now a 70-Year-Old
Members of the Hindu nationalist party Hindu Sena, or "Hindu Army," celebrate the birthday of Donald Trump in New Delhi, India, on Tuesday.   (AP Photo/Saurabh Das)

If Donald Trump is the one standing on the Inauguration Day dais, he'll do so as the oldest president ever elected. The GOP's presumptive nominee becomes a septuagenarian Tuesday, and he'll be 70 years, seven months on Jan. 20, 2017, the Daily Beast notes. That would put him ahead of the country's previous oldest commander in chief, Ronald Reagan, who was just a few days shy of his 70th birthday when he took the helm. Clinton, on the other hand, would be the second-oldest president: She'd be close to 69 years and three months on Inauguration Day. Yet even though together the two candidates are the oldest pair ever to compete against each other for the highest office, no one's really talking too much about that aspect, the Daily Beast notes, contrasting this run with Reagan's in 1980, when his age "was a very big deal."

Why age may just be a number this time around: a statistically older demographic, other older candidates such as Bernie Sanders basking in the limelight, and a "Mutual Assured Destruction" that keeps Clinton and Trump from attacking each other on this point. "It's highly unlikely that we will see either Clinton or Trump start their mornings with a brisk three-mile run," the Daily Beast notes. Not that Trump hasn't tried to indirectly work age in: He's come down on Clinton in the past for not having the "strength and stamina" to be president, the Hill notes. A Trump rep tells CNN Trump will probably spend "the dawn of his eighth decade" with family after a rally in Greensboro, NC, Tuesday night. (Gawker celebrated with a special Chrome extension for the birthday boy.)

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