It’s Donald Trump’s 78th birthday. He’s not happy about it.

“Donald hates his birthdays,” Ivana Trump once said of her ex-husband.

He seemed to hate this one, especially on Friday. He looked genuinely upset Sunday when his supporters sang “Happy Birthday” to him at a rally in Las Vegas. “You know,” he told them, “there’s a certain point at which you don’t want to hear “Happy Birthday.” You just want to pretend this day doesn’t exist.

Without a doubt. Now 78, he is trying to convince the country to give him four more years in office, at the end of which he will become the oldest president in American history – a role held by the current occupant of the Oval, aged 81. Desk.

During the election campaign, both men try to downplay their ages while making the other appear as grumpy and grumpy as possible.

Team Trump spent the week releasing selectively edited videos of Mr. Biden wandering around Europe, looking like Corrado Soprano lost in Newark. “Biden was seen staring into the distance and wandering around like a brain-dead zombie,” said Karoline Leavitt, press secretary for the Trump campaign.

The Biden campaign fired back with an email about Mr. Trump’s birthday reminding voters that he fell asleep during his own trial, a case that resulted in felony convictions. “He is unhinged, unable to focus and diminishing before our eyes,” Biden campaign spokesman James Singer said of the former president.

Mr. Trump had fun on his birthdays. “Donald was the kid who threw the cake at birthday parties,” his younger brother Robert once told journalist Marie Brenner. After becoming a mogul, Mr. Trump hosted swingers’ parties at his Atlantic City casinos, such as the one at Trump’s Castle in 1988, for his 42nd birthday, where he played videos of Liza Minnelli and Billy Crystal wishing him a happy birthday . (President Ronald Reagan sent a telegram.)

Two years later, Mr. Trump’s birthday party was hosted by Robin Leach of the TV show “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous.” Dolly Parton and Elton John sent videos, Andrew Dice Clay performed and a George HW Bush impersonator said Mr Trump should one day be president. At Trump’s 50th birthday celebration at Trump Tower in New York, Eartha Kitt sang to him, and there was an ice sculpture of Marla Maples, then his wife, as a mermaid.

There probably won’t be any mermaids or Catwomen at his 78th. It’s being hosted at the Palm Beach County Convention Center near the airport by a group of supporters who call themselves Club 47 USA, a hopeful reference to Trump’s aspiration to become the 47th president. General admission is $25.

These are the people Mr. Trump seems very comfortable with these days. The last time he spoke to this group, in October, he talked about the day he ordered a drone strike against Iran’s top security and intelligence commander, Maj. The general. Qassim Suleiman.

“No one has heard this story before,” Mr. Trump told them. “But I’d like to tell Club 47, because you’ve been so loyal.” He also spoke at the event about his disappointment with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu – even though it was only four days after the October attacks carried out by Hamas. 7 attack on the country. “I will never forget that Bibi Netanyahu failed us,” Mr. Trump said then.

On Thursday, Mr. Trump was celebrated by a group that has not always been as loyal as Club 47: Republican partners. At a meeting at the Capitol, House Republicans served it and senators presented a vanilla iced cake with large “45” and “47” candles stuck in it. But there’s something about being 78 that makes a man think about his mortality.

At the rally in Las Vegas, Mr. Trump, in a rare moment of introspection, spoke of his old age.

“My father lived a long time, my mother lived a long time, and they were happy and they were great,” he said, looking a little speechless. “So maybe we’ll live a long time.” I hope so.”

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