Evangelical leader Franklin Graham
, one of Donald Trump
's most ardent religious right supporters, has given the former president a reality check on his chances in the 2024 election
“I think for him, everything will depend on his health
at that time, whether he still has the energy
and strength that he does. I don’t,” Graham told Axios, adding, “You know the guy doesn’t eat well, you know, and it’s amazing the energy that he has.”
Trump appears to have lost 15 pounds, according to Graham.
“So he could be in good health and shape,” he speculated, “but I'm not sure.”
Trump has openly discussed running for president again, potentially setting up a rematch with President Joe Biden
. Trump would be 78 on Election Day
in 2024, while Biden, who has said he will run for reelection, would turn 82 shortly after the election.
While polls show Trump maintains Republican
support, there are other issues that could derail a potential candidacy beyond age and health. Mary Trump, the former president's niece and a prominent critic, has suggested that legal issues could keep him out of contention.
“He may face some serious charges at the state level, plus there are some lawsuits that he will have to deal
with,” she said in December, referring to the numerous ongoing investigations and suits. “Of course, there is his financial exposure, so I don’t see that happening.”