At 76 years of age, former vice president Joe Biden believes he’s still more than capable of taking on Donald Trump, both mentally and physically. In an interview with Morning Joe today, Biden, who announced he was entering the presidential race in April this year, said that if Trump were to ever make a crack about his age or mental state during a debate, he’d simply challenge the president to a pushup contest, there and then, on-stage.
“I’d say, ‘C’mon Donald, c’mon man,” he told Mika Brzezinski. “How many pushups do you want to do here, pal? I mean, jokingly. . . . C’mon, run with me, man.”
Trump might only be only three years younger than Biden, but the former VP is known for staying fit, making regular use of the Senate gym, as well as cycling and even running. He added to Brzezinski that he will often go for a run along the route of a parade he is due to participate in, as he did ahead of the recent Fourth of July celebrations in Independence, Missouri.
And then, of course, there was the time he spent working (and working out) alongside Barack Obama, including jogs together through the White House to raise awareness for Michelle Obama’s ‘Let’s Move’ fitness campaign.
As somebody with a long-held love of sport and fitness, Biden is also a noted critic of the definition of “locker room talk” which was bandied around after that now-infamous audio of Trump surfaced. “I’ve been in a lot of locker rooms my whole life,” Biden told a crowd at the University of Miami in 2018. “I’m a pretty good athlete… If we were in high school, I’d take him behind the gym and beat the hell out of him.”
Brawling with the incumbent president doesn’t exactly sound like the right way to run a campaign, but we have to admit, we wouldn’t mind seeing the aforementioned pushup contest.