Brittany's Beat: Does Bernie have the heart to win?

Sanders’ heart attack and age should disqualify him from the presidency

By: Brittany Jennings

Sen. Bernie Sanders is the oldest Democrat running for president. Bernie is 78-years old. Former Vice President Joe Biden is 76, and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren is 70.

Last week, Sanders was complaining of chest pains during a campaign event. He had to have two stents inserted on Wednesday. His doctors confirmed that Sanders suffered a heart attack.

It’s time for his bad health to come to the forefront of the campaign.

The burning question is: How will Bernie’s heart attack affect his campaign?

This week, Bernie talked to reporters outside his house in Burlington, Vermont. He said he plans to scale back on his rallies and slow down his campaign.

“I certainly intend to be actively campaigning,” he said. “I think we can change the nature of the campaign a bit, make sure that I have the strength to do what I have to do.”

Bernie has also been spotted taking walks with his wife since his health scare.

However, the Sanders campaign says Bernie will participate in the Democratic debate next week. During that debate, you can be sure Bernie will be plagued with questions about his age and his health.

He will also be confronted with questions about his signature issue: Medicare-for-all. And let’s be clear: Bernie would be dead if his socialist health care plan had already been implemented. Single-payer, government-run health care is marked by rationing, long-wait times and backlogs. Instead of getting immediate treatment (as Bernie received), under his state socialist system he would have to wait days—if not weeks—to have the stents inserted. For heart attack victims, it’s practically a death sentence.

While Bernie is sidelined, Warren is benefiting from his health issues. Warren is currently beating Biden and Bernie in a recent Real Clear Politics poll. She leads with 26.6 percent, just above Biden at 26.4 percent. Bernie is trailing in third place at 14.6 percent.

Bernie is competing with others to beat President Trump, who is 73-years old. The mainstream media is notorious for criticizing Trump for eating fast food and drinking soda. Last year, the media hammered Trump in the wake of the results of his annual physical exam. The media called Trump “obese” for weighing 236 pounds.

Yet, some liberals are upset with the way Bernie has been treated with his health issues compared to Hillary Clinton in 2016. CNN’s Jess McIntosh, a Democratic strategist, said Clinton’s health was used as “manufactured and sexist cudgel” in 2016.

If you remember, Clinton collapsed at a 9/11 memorial service. Her campaign revealed she had been supposedly diagnosed with pneumonia two days earlier. Clinton also suffered from infamous coughing fits during political events. Many in the media asked the obvious question: Was Hillary too sick to be commander-in-chief?

The same now needs to be asked of Bernie. He has no business running for president. He is too ill and too old. It’s time for him to let go of his presidential aspirations, hang up his hat and retire from politics.

-Brittany Jennings is the executive producer of “The Kuhner Report,” heard weekdays 6-10 am EST on WRKO AM-680 in Boston. Follow her on Twitter @Brittany_J10.

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