Donald Trump, 69, claims he ‘thrives’ on only four hours of sleep a night


One of my big issues about voting for Hillary Clinton is her age. She’s 68 years old, and while I believe she’s a healthy and competent 68, that still means that our first female president would be in her 70s for a chunk of her presidency. And while there are many 70-something men and women who are spry, capable and sharp as tacks, I do worry. As for the ages of other nominees… Bernie Sanders is 74, John Kasich is 63, Ted Cruz is (only) 45, and Donald Trump is 69 years old. Since Trump covers this week’s issue of People Mag, he got some questions about his age and his health. Everything’s beautiful and classy, predictably.

Forget the gym. Donald Trump says he has a much better way to stay in shape on the campaign trail – while also connecting with voters. When asked whether he works out to keep up his stamina on the campaign trail, the Republican frontrunner answers with characteristic frankness.

“Don’t have to,” he tells PEOPLE in this week’s cover story. “When you’re making speeches for 25,000 people and shouting and screaming and having fun with everybody and making America great again, you get a lot of exercise.”

The 69-year-old real estate mogul, who would replace Ronald Reagan as the oldest man to become president if he’s sworn in next January at 70, says he thrives on just four hours of sleep a night. However, the candidate knows he is not impervious to illness, which is why he’s an admitted germaphobe and only grudgingly shakes hands with constituents.

“Yes. And I’m right, because you do catch problems from shaking hands. But you have no choice if you are running for office or a politician,” he explains.

[From People]

For a 69 year old man… yeah, I guess he’s in decent-ish shape. Doctors would probably say he should work on his gut, but otherwise, when I see him on the campaign trail, he seems like a man 15 years younger. The sleep thing bugs me though – I know a lot of people have trouble sleeping through the night as they get older, but they compensate by taking naps during the day. I would have a hard time trusting someone who consistently ran on ONLY four hours of sleep a night though. But, I mean, just add that to the pile of distrustful sh-t when it comes to Trump.

Also, People Magazine quotes Trump biographer Michael D’Antonio, who says: “Donald told me he believes far more in natural ability, genetic ability, than in anything someone can learn.” As in, Trump believes he was born to be president, that he has presidential genes and his genes are more important than actually learning about foreign policy and domestic policy. Apparently, Trump’s father instilled the belief that his son was a “king.”

One last thing to give a rage stroke before we’re done… Donald Trump is back to saying he’s pro-life/anti-choice, and he’s pandering to the Evangelicals by saying that women who get (legal, safe) abortions should be “punished” in some way. What a prize. Next up: women on birth control should be put in work camps.


Cover courtesy of People Magazine, additional photos courtesy of WENN.

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  1. Wiffie says:

    Why the concern for Hilary’s age, when Donald is a year older? That was a weird addition for an article about Trump…. ?

    • mytake says:

      I agree. I didn’t understand the age commentary at all. It made me cock my head to the side and pull a “whatchyoutalkinaboutWillis” face.

      • Naya says:

        You and me both, so much so i posted my comment before even reading what others had written

      • Dangles says:

        The point is they’re both old. As is Sanders. I’m surprised Cruz is only 45. He looks much older.

      • perplexed says:

        The article led with commentary about Hillary’s age before moving on to Donald Trump when the People article is about Trump, not Hillary. That’s probably why the commentary is making people’s heads cock to the side.

        Unless you want Ted Cruz as your president, there’s really no other option but to vote for Hillary or Bernie (or, if one likes a rude loudmouth, Donald Trump). So I don’t know if concern for age can really help with voting options this year.

      • Janis says:

        I think Ted Cruz looks much older because of his being a big fan of old school Brylcreem. He always looks so greasy, ewwww.

      • THE OG BB says:

        Ted Cruz has that weird fat turkey neck thing going on, which ages him.

    • nicole says:

      Yeah, unless you’re a Cruz fan none of them are spring chickens. I can’t imagine the age being the determining factor in this election.

      I’m not American. I’ve heard a lot of people voice concern over Hillary’s age and I’ve never heard it over Bernie’s age.

      • lem says:

        the only time age comes up it’s in reference to Hillary. No one cares about the age of the men, which if we’re going to concern ourselves with age, it should be discussed. None of them seem to have age-related health issues, so I’m not sure why it’s even being discussed.

      • nicole says:

        It’s so frustrating to constantly read this sort of stuff. Again, not an American, so take my opinion for what it’s worth, but Hillary is held up to such a ridiculous standard in comparison to them men – she’s too old, her coats are too weird, her hair is whatever.

        Her age would only be an issue if the other candidates were significantly younger. Cruz being 45 doesn’t exactly make him a more attractive candidate.

      • hmmm says:

        Ageism and misogyny rear their ugly heads, again. Geez. I’m astounded by the ignorance fomented about age. And about women in particular. I just have no words.

        As for Hillary’s health- John Kennedy had terrible health while in office- he was in his early 40′s and it all was covered up. Perhaps we should only elect the under 30 crowd who are all really healthy and sharp as a tack, right?

      • Tiffany :) says:

        It’s true, you never hear concern about the male candidate’s age. Women typically live longer, so if you are looking at trends and not individuals, they concern should be placed elsewhere.

    • milietan says:

      ANd why would her age be one of the biggest concerns when she’s a lying crook who thinks rules don’t apply to her?

    • Duchess of Corolla says:


    • JudyK says:

      I was also offended by the age comment. Not everyone looks or feels old at that age. I’m Hillary’s age and look 15 years younger and that’s with absolutely no work done.

    • lesbastardsmiserables says:

      I have to say, I’ve had a few raised eyebrows reading through this site today. Sorry CB writers. I just wtf sometimes.

  2. Crumpet says:

    Is Hillary really healthy? I know there is a lot of speculation, and even doctors have expressed concern over possible post-concussive syndrome.

    • lem says:

      doctors who have treated her and know her full health history? or doctors who are offering an opinion about her wearing specific glasses a few years back?

      • Crumpet says:

        I don’t know anything about specific glasses. I just know that the Clinton machine would NEVER allow anything negative to be said about her health. So I think perhaps the truth lies somewhere in the middle. Some fishy stuff has happened lately (her long disappearance during a debate), etc.

        Frankly, I want to be comforted. Because I think, that despite my huge misgivings, she might be our next president. And I’d like to think she was up for the job physically.

      • lilacflowers says:

        HER doctors cannot say ANYTHING about her health. It is a flagrant violation of HIPAA.

        You want comfort? Life expectancy for US women is 81 years old. For men, it is 76.

      • lem says:

        @lilac I realize–that was my point. A lot of hypothesizing about her health based basically on glasses she wore and not based on anyone or anything with actual knowledge of her health.

      • doofus says:

        her “long disappearance” was for a bathroom break, which has been noted. repeatedly.

        she admitted that (pardon the TMI) it “takes her longer” to go and it turns out that the ladies room was a bit of a distance from the debate stage.

    • milietan says:

      Wait, you mean the concussion that was manufactured to avoid appearing before the panel to answer questions about Benghazi?

    • The Eternal Side-Eye says:

      Don’t take much stock in TV doctors offering opinions off of theory. They have their place but they’re not actually looking at any of her information when they voice their opinion.

    • Natalie says:

      She looks deranged and sounds like it. She is a compulsive liar too. Praying Bernie gets the Democratic nomination but he won’t due to the Establishment. I will not vote then if its Hilary-Trump race.

      • Esmom says:

        I don’t understand this “I won’t vote if my candidate isn’t the nominee.” It’s really harmful. I think you need to do your homework about who the lesser of the two evils will be and hold your breath and vote. Not exercising such a valuable privilege isn’t going to solve the problem.

      • JenYfromTheBlok says:

        Natalie you -must- vote if it came down to the trump and the hillary. Hillary is certainly the lesser of two evils, if God Forbid, it came down to that. The leader of the free world -can not- be hot headed misogynist racist and an eugenist (genes outweigh academics). Trump fans may be lesser educated, but are coming out in droves to vote. Please just vote!

      • The Eternal Side-Eye says:

        “Praying Bernie gets the Democratic nomination but he won’t due to the Establishment.”

        I do not understand why so many of his fans subscribe to this total lack of responsibility. It has nothing to do with establishment, while he is close to her in the primaries she is achieving far more support than he is. It is not a conspiracy or the evil establishment, it is that ultimately he is not able to convince as many people as he needs to subscribe to his ideas.

        That is democracy is it not?

      • BabyJane says:

        I completely disagree with the above comments that you must vote for Hillary in such a scenario. However, you should vote for someone. At no point should you feel compelled to put your civic support behind ANYONE you don’t endorse.

        And don’t get it twisted- Hillary is so ahead because of DNC superdelegates. That IS establishment. Not to mention the past TEN years has seen complete media devotion to grooming her for this moment. She has an enormously effective political machine revving its engines CONSTANTLY. If you really want to measure efficacy of message, look at growth (or, in Hillary’s case, loss) trends of each candidate. This race is like pitting an Olympic distance runner on roids up against an 8-year-old with crutches and expecting them to reach the finish line at the same time in the same way. Hillary is dangerous, disgusting, and has only 2 interests: her right and left pockets.

      • Tiffany :) says:

        “It is not a conspiracy or the evil establishment, it is that ultimately he is not able to convince as many people as he needs to subscribe to his ideas”

        I agree!

      • ol cranky says:

        @Natalie – if you will not vote if it’s not Bernie in the generals then you deserve the loss of rights & increased misogyny you will face as a woman and to have to deal with all the BS laws that have been proposed (and luckily exposed prior to hurting people) that would make women targets for criminal probes if they have a miscarriage; recent laws that require all “fetal remains” to be buried or cremated regardless of how/why the pregnancy was ended (BTW the GOP doesn’t know the difference between embryo & fetus so that means if you miscarry at home, you need to scoop up remains to take them to a funeral home and you may have some explaining to do). If you are a minority or LGTBQ, you will deserve the legalized discrimination against you that comes about from the GOP taking over the WH and the next set of RW Zealots who will be put on the Supreme Court to ensure that secular law follows GOP endorsed fundamentalist Christian law. You will deserve that; sadly there are millions of others who will also have to deal with it and they don’t deserve it.

        I’m not too happy with the Sanders supporters and their need to extort people to vote for him in the primary because if we don’t then they will do all in their power to ensure anyone who didn’t vote for him in the primary are punished. Dear lord this whole turning Sanders into the Messiah and exacting punishment to people who refuse to exalt him when they reject the GOP sounds an awful lot like some scary religious zealotry to me and is doing a whole lot to make me wonder about him to be honest and I’m hearing a lot of Democrats like me who are incredibly turned off to him because of this cult like fit pitching and threats of his followers.

      • noway says:

        People have a lot of wrong information. At this point, Hillary has had more people vote for her than Bernie. I am not all gungho about Hillary and I wouldn’t mind voting for Bernie, but I believe the Democrats will most likely nominate the person with the most votes, even though the process to nominate isn’t done that way with superdelagates, caucuses and winner take all delegates. Also, unfortunately I have to admit that Trump has had more people vote for him than any other Republican nominee, and he will probably have the most votes of any of the Republican nominees when it is done. Not sure he will end up as the nominee though. If I have to listen to his drivel for several more months, kind of hoping for some drama at the convention.

        People are stating trends and polls, and the reality is polling has been off in a lot of the states, and the national poll means very little. Only matters when they vote. I said this the last Presidential election, but people need to look at the surveys and polling companies. Sorry, I know most of the media companies doing them have decreased their work staff, and now Survey Monkey mainly known for online polling is a major player in political polling now. The accuracy of some of these polls just seems off.

      • BabyJane says:

        Sanders supporters aren’t forfeiting their votes to punish you. Get over yourself! They are forfeiting their votes because no one meets the standards they set for leadership other than Sanders himself.

      • ol cranky says:

        @BabyJane so if you can’t make it perfect you think it’s best to make it significantly worse?

        When given the choice between a heinous death or a treatment that will provide a good quality of life and chance of enough improvement that a cure has a better chance to come about, are Sanders supporters really so myopic that you’d choose death because you can’t get your perfect cure? If so, it’s one thing to choose that for yourself, it’s a completely different thing to impose that on others – especially others who are so very vulnerable.

        With all due respect you are the ones who need to get over yourselves if your ideological purity & need to be self-righteous is really that much more important than the rights of those you would so willingly damn under GOP rule. If that attitude is what Sanders’ supporters stand for, they are no allies to POC, LGBTQ, women or other minorities and whether you want to admit or not, you most certainly are punishing them by doing exactly what the GOP wants you to do.

      • BabyJane says:

        I will not be guilted or coerced into voting for someone I do not support, and that includes Hillary Clinton.

  3. Sez says:

    I’m hoping that the Donald is going to reveal that this entire campaign is an elaborate April Fools prank, being filmed for some ridiculous reality tv series he’s developing.

    • Mgsota says:

      Oh please let that happen. That would be epic….and I could relax a little.

    • Kitten says:

      I saw the clips this morning showing him saying that women who have abortions should be punished–in the legal sense.

      So many thoughts have been swirling through my head…is he really just TRYING to lose at this point? Or is he just trolling us? Or does he really care THAT little about the female vote? OR is he just that damn stupid?

      I mean, 70% of women are NOT voting for Trump, then he comes out with this sh*t. Does he think we’re that insignificant? …even though women and minorities were pretty much the reason Obama won two terms?

      I just don’t understand his plan here. Either he’s incredibly stupid or he just doesn’t want to win because the outrageously inflammatory tone-deaf sh*t that comes out of his mouth is going to be the end of him–not that I’m sad about that.

      • lilacflowers says:

        He’s competing against Cruz for convention delegates among the rabid anti-abortion crowd.

      • Lindy79 says:

        Not only should women be punished but men should not because you know…they had nothing to do with it. Men can go around and impregnate countless women but if you, a woman, DARE to get pregnant and decide you don’t want to be or can’t whether you be single or married (because yes Donald, married women with children already have abortions too, it’s not just those darn loose harlots), that’s on you sweetheart, not the mans problem. Now shush and let the men folk get back to their work.

      • Kitten says:

        @ Lilac-But even one of the biggest Anti-Abortion groups March For Life came out and said he’s batsh*t crazy for saying that.

        This story was running in tangent with the women’s soccer team pushing for equal pay and it got me really emotional….feminism, womanism, this is why these things are still necessary.

        @Lindy-IKR? I just CANNOT with this man. I’m sorry but I’ve reached the point where I simply cannot respect any woman that votes for this dude.

      • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

        Oh my God. Wren won’t let me say anything bad about his supporters so I’m just going to go explode.

      • Shambles says:

        He just wants to win, at this point. He never wanted to be the president, he wanted to prove a point. He and his team never thought he would get this far. But now that he has, his King-like ego has taken over and Donald Trump has to WIN. So he’s saying whatever he thinks he has to in order to win, even if that’s some horribly scary sh!t that comes off as trolling.

      • EEV says:

        As if it’s not punishment enough that women shouldn’t have access to safe, legal abortion. SMH.

      • Nameless says:

        He’s following the well trodden Rush Limbaugh type script, trying to appeal to the conservative republican base. Except, he either ignores his advisors or has bad ones, because he goes off script frequently like when he attacks law enforcement (he’s expressed disdain for the department that arrested his campaign manager).

        Nate silver had a round table discussion on his blog where they tried to figure Trump’s strategy. Because he’s alienating women and polling so poorly with them, even conservative women, his odds of winning a general election are extremely poor.

        I think his campaign is a vanity project at this point, like his reality tv show. He’s a rich guy playing at politics.

      • Kitten says:

        But guys-this is NOT the move of someone who wants to win. The only supporters he HAS at this point are neocons and nationalists. Hell, even a good portion of neocons dislike this guy. Shouldn’t he be appealing to women and minorities? Recent history has shown that WE will be the deciding factor in who wins.

        I would understand if he was pulling this sh*t in the beginning of his campaign to generate interest and to develop a base but at this point, it just seems like he’s shooting himself in the foot. Statements as crazy and divisive as punishing women for having abortions is only going to put more distance between him and the people who’s vote he should be courting.

        Or are you guys saying that he’s saying this to beat Cruz and really has no intention of doing any of this? I can see that angle, but I still think a lot of people will believe that he’s serious.

        I mean, this just seems like political suicide. Even the most pro-life person doesn’t think it’s a good idea to punish women for having abortions. I doubt even Evangelicals would support that.

        ETA: @ Nameless-Yeah that makes sense to me. That’s the only rational explanation: that he truly doesn’t want to be president and that this is basically just a game to feed his ego.

      • Lindy79 says:

        If he loses he will claim it was all a stunt and planned, he never wanted to win blah blah, his ego won’t allow anything else.
        If he wins, well…honestly I don’t even want to contemplate how life will be and I’m Irish not even American.

      • Kitten says:

        @Lindy-If he wins, I’m giving up.
        Canada or France are options for me.

        We’re already the laughing stock of the world and I’m SO tired of defending this country on behalf of the majority of us who cannot stand hateful people like Trump.

      • doofus says:

        something like 75% of voting women don’t like him. the numbers for minorities is even higher. two constituencies he must win to win the general.

        and now this nonsense? alienating women even further? it IS like he wants to lose.

      • FingerBinger says:

        @Nameless Trump’s campaign has always been a vanity project. He’s been saying crazy things from the beginning. I’m certain he didn’t think he would get this far.

      • Tammy says:

        @Kitten- Most of his supporters are arguing that he was asked a question that started out with If abortion was illegal what should the punishment be if the law was broken. He has since dialed back his response.

        A better response would have been to say that the courts have already decided that it is not illegal and that we should not be even discussing about overturning it.

      • Wren says:

        Haha I’m sorry GNAT!

      • THE OG BB says:

        Maybe it’s all getting too real and he doesn’t actually want to be president. Or maybe he just says the craziest things he can think of.

      • Lilacflowers says:

        We don’t count. We should do as we are told. Our votes don’t count. Mitch McConnell said so, so it must be true

      • mayamae says:

        No way Trump doesn’t want to win. The real problem was he’s never been Pro-Life, so he doesn’t know their stance. Trump is flat-out lying and was taken off guard by the question. Politically, the Pro-Life stance has always been to punish the doctor, not the woman. As a matter of fact, Trump quickly walked back his statement on Twitter, and even used the Pro-Life language of calling the women “victims”.

        It was Chris Mathews who went at him hard with that question. He also got Trump refusing to back away from his threat of nuclear weapons – even on Europe! After forcing Trump to say how he’d legally punish women having abortions, he asked if the impregnating man would be punished. Trump said no. Mathews side-eyed him and said – well, usually there’s a man involved.

      • hmmm says:


        Simplistically, punishing the woman but not punishing the man? I guess Donald Trump has a lot more in common with radical Islamists than we imagine. Hmmm…

      • Tiffany :) says:

        Here’s his thing: He thinks he is naturally gifted and doesn’t need to research or learn about the topics on which he speaks.

        He thinks that he can just “wing it”, and that is what you get: someone trying to toe the GOP line, but doesn’t know enough about the subject (and the party’s coded language) to say the right thing. That’s why we get so many lines about things being “great” or “most ever” or “huge”…he doesn’t know enough to have the details, and he doesn’t acknowledge his own limitations and study up.

      • sauvage says:

        @Kitten: I think you’re making the mistake of holding Donald Trump to the standards of a rational human being. He’s not. He is a raging narcissist. He is doing and saying whatever he feels like doing or saying at any given moment. There is no coherent concept behind it.

        If you see his behaviour through the filter of NPD, it makes perfect sense (to him, at least).

      • KiddVicious says:

        My first thought when I heard about his “punish the women who get abortions” was I wonder how many of his mistresses he’s forced to get abortions.

        My second thought was that he must realize he’s in over his head by now and is trying to find a way out of this presidential gig.

  4. GingerCrunch says:

    Ugh. I just want to spew my oatmeal all over my iPad. I’m disgusted by every tidbit!

  5. Tate says:

    Only 4 hours of sleep? That explains the erratic behavior.

    • Colleen says:

      That’s exactly what I was coming here to say! Tongue in cheek, of course. The man is just a clown. An unstable, vicious clown. At first I was intrigued. Now I truly don’t understand how any voters take him seriously. He’s all over the map on issues, and he can’t even seem to hold a simple conversation with anyone, let alone a reasonable debate without regressing to a child spewing random insults at people when they disagree with him.

    • Esmom says:

      Ha, that was my first thought. Consistent sleep deprivation can cause serious cognitive impairments. It explains a lot about Trump actually.

    • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

      It’s common to get less sleep,as you get older. And angrier. And more orange, hypocritical, racist and sexist. And stuff.

    • Misere says:

      My thought exactly. Not healthy. Wouldnt be surprised if he dropped dead because of it. Or as usual he is lying.

    • Wren says:

      My first thought was “wow he’s going to die”. I know it’s harder to sleep when you get older, but he’s pushing himself pretty hard by his own admission and coupled with the sleep deprivation, all I can say is his diet better be excellent or he’s going to suffer some consequences. I mean, I don’t really care, but I hate bragging about flagrantly unhealthy habits.

    • Carol says:

      If I had only 4 hours sleep consistently, I would be acting like him too. I would be calling my doctor a ‘loser’ for not curing my cold, and think the ice cream man was the master race.

    • Syko says:

      I’m 73, and for the past few years I’ve found it impossible to sleep more than 4-5 hours at a time. Not necessarily the bladder waking me, I just wake up. So I take a 3 hour nap every day. Makes me a much nicer person.

      • Tate says:

        My mom is the same age. She says she get 5-6 hours a night but also takes a nap when she needs to. I am 40 and am thankful that I can still take in a solid 7-8 hours a night. I have friends the same age who are already having difficulty getting a solid nights sleep.

    • Really says:

      Betty White also claims to get only four hours sleep. And we love her

      • Tate says:

        Betty is sweet, kind and funny so of course I love her. Trump is racist, sexist and orange so of course I loathe him.

      • Veronica says:

        Well, sure, but she’s also not gunning for a position where decisions have to be weighed that have widespread global impact.

      • doofus says:

        getting four hours of sleep is neither the reason she is loved, nor the reason Drumpf is hated.

  6. lilacflowers says:

    Clearly, sleep deprivation is playing a major role here

  7. Maya says:

    Only needs few hours of sleep? So does a vampire…

    As for his comments about abortion – well there are lots of tweets saying they wish his mother would have aborted him and saved them from this vile man….

  8. Dangles says:

    Most candidates wouldn’t getting much sleep during the campaign period. Personally I’d be worried about giving all those speeches and interviews while I was so sleep deprived, because that’s when you’re likely to say something regrettable. Although in Trump’s case it doesn’t seem to be an issue.

  9. Naya says:

    So basically Hillary is the youngest of the three possible contenders but her age is somehow a concern?

    • BNA FN says:

      I’m guessing age is a concern because she is a woman, smh. Nothing wrong with Bernie’s age at 74 being a concern. We know the women is always Always held to a different standards even by other women.

      • Lizzie McGuire says:

        Never mind that she’s more qualified to become president than Donald Trump. So yeah let’s all worry about her age, seriously? Can everyone worry that a racist bigot is trying to be come president with lack of political experience & one of the worst ideals out there. Damn you People Magazine.

      • Natalie says:

        @ Lizzie magiure? She is qualified? LOL!

      • Lizzie McGuire says:

        @Natalie hate her if you will, but she is way more qualified than Donald Trump.

      • Esmom says:

        Natalie, so you don’t think going to Yale Law, being a successful lawyer, being elected U.S. Senator and appointed Secretary of State make her qualified? I don’t love Hillary but people who say she’s not qualified — especially compared to Trump — are really reaching.

      • BabyJane says:

        Being “qualified” is not good enough. Eisenhower had essentially NO political experience, but his celebrity in WWII (justified celebrity) propelled him to executive victory. By your logic, I should hire Casey Anthony over Emma Watson to be my babysitter because Casey has had experience with kids. Hillary Clinton’s experience includes some pretty Machiavellian tactics, but she knows where the best bathroom in the Capitol building is, so…

        These arguments remind me of a specious argument I read a couple weeks ago that explain Hillary has a better understanding of minority issues because she once LIVED IN THE SOUTH.

      • Tiffany :) says:

        Can you give an example of her Machiavellian tactics? I am not being sarcastic, I am genuinely curious.

      • BabyJane says:

        Sure girl,
        Hillary claims she wishes to dismantle the private prison system, yet she has accepted campaign contributions from those very institutions.

        Now, I am willing to give her (and frankly anyone) the benefit of the doubt that she has and will continue to evolve politically. Therefore, her conveniently changing stances on gay marriage and the Iraq campaigns MIGHT be attributed to simply changing her mind. It seems strange, though, that those stances changed only when she needed something from her constituents (votes, of course). When she was in power as a Senator, she was more than willing to emphatically support interventionist policies and abridging rights of homosexuals.

        She also claims to have her finger on the pulse of minority issues, namely those of African Americans. (As I say elsewhere on this post, she and her subservient media cronies claim that her time living in the South make her more aware of and in tune with African American issues… even though she lived in a predominantly wealthy white area most of that time.) However, she literally shooed a BLM advocate out of one of her public speaking engagements. I’m sure you’ve seen the video, it was ubiquitous about a month ago.

        Additionally, Hillary was until very recently (and likely still privately is) a staunch supporter of the War on Drugs which, as you likely know, disproportionately targets and punishes poor, black Americans. In fact, such a purpose was recently acknowledged by a Nixon aide, which I encourage you to read here:

        Thank you for engaging in this discussion with me. I invite you to give her a second look, but I am also willing to listen to anything you might have to say on the subject.

      • Esmom says:

        BabyJane, I never said being qualified was enough. The question was who was more qualified to be President, Hillary or Trump. You can’t argue that she hasn’t had more experience. And no it’s not the same as Casey Anthony having more experience with kids than Emma Watson. Not even close.

        As for Machiavellian tactics, I don’t know about Hillary but I’d say Trump more than fits the bill on that score.

      • BabyJane says:

        Esmom, you say you don’t know about Hillary’s Machiavellian tactics. I just told you some. Now you know.

    • Esmom says:

      This is literally the first I’ve heard any concerns or “concerns” about Hillary’s age. In any case, the age factor doesn’t seem nearly as pronounced as it was when John McCain was running. His age and health truly seemed to be something to worry about, especially when they added Palin to the team.

    • The Eternal Side-Eye says:

      Yeah I couldn’t really figure out the point of that comment. Not like we have anyone young running (Ted Cruz doesn’t count, what he lacks in age he makes up for in dishonest face).

    • Natalie says:

      She and Trump are both 69. Bernie is only 5 years older then her. I don’t get why everyone rags on him for his age.

  10. Doodle says:

    As a raging insomniac who sees a sleep specialist, is on sleep medication and still only averages about four hours of sleep each night I can truthfully say that nobody can function at 100% on so little sleep. I can’t nap (I’ve tried) but I’m also not hoping to run a country. This is yet another reason for him to NOT be elected. People require sleep!!!

    • rayofsunlight says:

      Doodle, Have you tried taking magnesium/calcium before sleep (powder form is best). B6 is good for insomnia as well. And it’s just recently come out in a study that B1 is very helpful for sleep problems, particularly in women.

      • Doodle says:

        I have tried everything. I’m on a pretty strong prescription narcotic and tossed and turned all night. I actually think there’s something wrong with the alert receptors in my brain and they don’t “turn off” as they are supposed to. I’m trying to find a neurologist that can help me with this but so far all I’ve gotten back is to limit caffeine, eat properly and dim the lights. THANKS. I NEVER would have thought of doing those things. Idiots.

    • Naya says:

      I have had occasional bouts of insomnia and its one of the roughest experiences I have ever had. I really hope you find relief. Trump probably thinks this makes him look badass when he should really be disqualified, if this isnt one of his lies.

      • Doodle says:

        Actually besides my mom I don’t know any other synesthetes! Apparently it runs in families and is more likely to hit females. I was heavy into music and now am pretty heavy into painting – I think synesthesia really helps with the creative process. Vivaldi, my favorite composer, was both a viola player (like me!) and synesthetic, according to history books. Pretty awesome.

        I didn’t know Kandinsky had it too! So cool. It can be overwhelming but since I’ve always had it and don’t know what it’s like to live without it, I can “turn it down” when I need to. It’s really just like any other sense. You can try to tune out background sounds or ignore a terrible smell, so I can do the same with this extra stuff.

        I was in a university study years ago and broke the study – they kicked me out because I was TOO synesthetic. I get it for sound, touch, numbers and letters, some words have a taste – so I really run the gammit. They were trying to prove that you could only have one type. So whoops, I proved them wrong right out of the gate. ;)

    • Kitten says:

      Or how about weed? Have you tried THAT?
      Works wonders, my friend.

      A Fellow Insomniac

      • Doodle says:

        I’ve actually never smoked a joint! I’m so vanilla… it may come to it though. I’m a pretty strong synesthete so I’ve purposely stayed away from anything that would mess with my perception since my perception of stuff is kinda screwed up anyway. :) I am sure that my synesthesia, post partum depression and insomnia are linked somehow.

      • Kitten says:

        Jesus. What a miserable trifecta of ailments, you poor thing :(

      • Birdix says:

        Sorry to hear about your ppd and insomnia. I noticed some interesting links with my own ppd and insomnia, to intensely fibrocystic breasts in my case. My doctor did not seem interested in exploring it in any way, unfortunately. On a different note, my now preteen is fascinated with the idea of synesthesia after reading A Mango Shaped Space. It resonated with her. Is it debilitating, or just another way of looking at the world?

      • Doodle says:

        I actually love having synesthesia. As a musician it helped me to have almost perfect pitch as I just played the color of the music rather than worried about the notes. It’s a great way to remember things too, like phone numbers or names or really anything. I’ve always had it so it’s just a sixth sense like hearing or smelling or anything. The only frustrating thing is stuff like a ceiling fan or ticking clock or something when I’m trying to sleep. It’s more than just a little nuisance, it becomes debilitating then because it prevents me from sleeping. A ticking clock can feel like a punch in the gut with every tick when I’ve overtired.

      • Tiffany :) says:

        I agree with Kitten’s suggestion, edibles especially seem to help (but they last a long time, so not good if you have early morning thinking activities planned).

        Doodle, I have never heard of synesthesia before. What an extraordinary version of the human experience that must be!

      • Kitten says:

        @Doodle-You probably already know this as I would imagine the synesthete community is a tight one but my favorite painter of all time, Wassily Kandinsky had synesthesia. He was a cellist in addition to being an artist and tried to evoke sound/pitch through color.

        I feel like having synesthesia would drive me crazy lol but I’m so happy that you can appreciate it and use it to further your artistic ability :)

    • mp says:

      I’m truly sorry for you. Insomnia is the worst. And I agree 100% with you on the sleep. I don’t trust anyone who says they sleep for 4 hours a night.

    • Shambles says:

      I would still vote for you over any of these ass clowns, Doofus. Yoga, meditation, and cannabis have worked wonders for me and my insomnia. I hope you find some relief. *hugs*

    • swak says:

      My daughter has used valerian root (over the counter) and that has helped her with her sleeping problems (many due to anxiety).

      • Kitten says:

        I love Valerian Root. Melatonin, Kava Kava (although I use it sparingly) are all helpful, but like anything else it’s easy to develop a tolerance for it and then it becomes ineffective and potentially dangerous if you become tempted to up your dosage. I like to rotate stuff, combined with weed.

        Not sleeping seriously affects every aspect of your life. When I’m not sleeping I’m a raging bitch from hell, I overeat, I can’t focus…I’m just worthless.

      • hmmm says:

        Melatonin works but it can give you really vivid dreams. I had to stop using it.

        Weed worked when nothing else would. I felt rested as well. I found eating it more effective, longer lasting than smoking it.

    • Jaded says:

      @Doodle – I feel for you – I had serious bouts of insomnia related to menopause. Got the hormone patch, started taking 5-HTP at night and learned some self-hypnosis techniques that calmed my brain down. Weed has the opposite effect on me as a sleep aid, makes me very wakeful because my weeded out brain goes into overdrive.

  11. Dhavynia says:

    Cruz might be 45 but he looks like a blobfish so no
    Trump doesn’t stay far behind. Damn they’re both so vile I can’t help it

    • lesbastardsmiserables says:

      I’m not american and I know nothing about Ted Cruz except that even his own daughter looked disgusted at the prospect of hugging him and he looks like a serial killer.

  12. the_blonde_one says:

    So many jokes: it’s certainly not the beauty sleep portion of a good night’s sleep and it explains why he so often acts like a two year old in need of a nap

  13. Ryan says:

    Ted Cruz is only 45? I’m gonna need to see some receipts…

  14. Magnoliarose says:

    Who knows if this is true. He’s a liar. He probably thinks this makes him sound high functioning.
    His hands are itty bitty.

    • Crumpet says:

      Hey, lay off the hands. :D My hubby has small hands, and I never thought I would say this, but it is absolutely NOT true what they say about hand size. Just so you know.

      • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

        Yeah, my first husband was short and the rumors about short men being well endowed are soo not true, either.

      • Wren says:

        Lol yeah hand size and dong size are not necessarily related. I will throw my personal, uh, experience in there.

        I’m always reminded of that comedy bit (Jeff Foxworthy?) that goes, “If he’s got big ears, you can tell. If he’s got big feet, if he’s got big hands, if he’s got a big nose, you can tell. Well all I gotta say is he better be packing because that’s one goofy looking guy!”

      • Tiffany :) says:

        In a moment of trying to be helpful, I corrected some people about the short/small feet/peen size thing…and I ended up embarrassing my friend. He’s really short, and I felt so bad because I knew what everyone was assuming!

    • Kitten says:

      Small hands creep me out..
      But I have super-long fingers–like Guinness World Records-long–so I need a man with big hands or it just looks weird.

      • The Eternal Side-Eye says:

        LMAO, well now I’m curious.

      • Jaded says:

        Kitten, is this you?

        “Your long fingers mean you seek more contact with the outer world; from all others around you, and from active people with interesting ideas. Long-fingered people are interested in the details of stories and events. You like to mentally take ideas and things apart, and put them back together again to better understand them before taking action. This drives short-fingered people “crazy”. Since there are more long-fingered women than men, that may explain a lot!”

      • Kitten says:

        That is me, Jaded!

        It also makes me really good at handball lol.

        @ESE-It freaks guys out because when I line up the base of my fingers with theirs, mine are inevitably longer.

      • GoodNamesAllTaken says:


      • Birdix says:

        Oh me too! I’m glad to hear something nice about it. Only comments I’d received were idle concerns about Marfan syndrome and yes, marveling that my fingers matched up with many men. This is a more fun alternative.

      • hmmm says:

        Spy magazine used to preface his name with “thick-fingered vulgarian”.

  15. littlemissnaughty says:

    Of all the things I’d be concerned about re Trump, this is not it. There are plenty of professions where the most successful people don’t sleep much. I know my boss used to run on 5 hours for about 20 years. Granted, he now looks 15 years older than he is. But I have no doubt that his mind was sharp at all times. I couldn’t do it, I love my bed. But there are people who can. Doubt that Trump is one of them though.

    • Kitten says:

      As I posted above, he said he wants to punish women who have abortions. So yeah, this is a non-issue by comparison.

  16. Renee says:

    The sleep thing is the least of my worries. Some people naturally don’t sleep much. I’m one of them and I still function perfectly fine.

  17. Patricia says:

    He’s straight up lying. He doesn’t sleep 4 hours a night. It’s a lie.

    He sounds like such an idiot in every interview. I have never felt so much disappointment and disgust for a section of my fellow Americans. The way this moronic, egomaniacal terd has been propped up by the “racist uneducated hick” sector of the public if just gross. So gross.

  18. swak says:

    Another article on DM is saying Trump is backing down about punishing women who have abortions and he meant we should punish the doctors who are performing the abortions. Do we really want a president that talks first and backtracks later (again not the only reason not to elect him)?

  19. lilacflowers says:

    Life expectancy in the US is 78.8 years. For US men, it is 76.4 years. For US women, it is 81.2 years. Can we please stop being ageist against women?

    Also, we have no idea who anyone’s vice president may be. If the democrats pick Julian Castro, who has long been rumored to be a contender, well, the age problem is addressed. He is only 41.

    • Who ARE these people? says:

      Been waiting for one of the Castro brothers to be mentioned. So obviously in the pipeline.

  20. paolanqar says:

    That’s why he is such a raving rageaholic piece of work! He just need his beauty sleep!

  21. C says:

    Stop covering Trump. He doesn’t deserve it and it’s simply adding Google hits to his name.

  22. The Eternal Side-Eye says:

    Purely regarding the sleep thing there was a study done about specific individuals who could function and even thrive on micro-sleep (I’m talking 3 hours a night). Not saying Donald has this because he’s a lying liar who lies but since so many people seemed to be in disbelief it’s a real thing. Apparently it seems to be passed down genetically and a lot of inventors and a few other famous people in the sciences have admitted to being that way.

    This being said: Yesterday Donald Trump said that women who have abortions should be punished and like the good little goosesteppers they are his followers eagerly agreed before he backtracked. The person’s age is the least of my concerns. I can not afford for any woman’s rights to be stolen for ANY REASON because of what’s going on in this election. Because God help us this is Donald CAMPAIGNING, where he still is trying to appeal and get support. If he ever gets into that office where he doesn’t need anyone’s approval and the checks and balances system will only stop him if he chooses to let it?

    • Doodle says:

      As an insomniac I can say that you learn to function on very little sleep if you have to. It feels awful, but you get used to it. I don’t really want the leader of my country to consistently get this little sleep though…

    • Veronica says:

      I’ve always had a bad sleep cycle, so I can actually function pretty well on about six hours. It does catch up to you, though, and I’m noticing that I’m pushing 30 that I definitely function much better with a good 7-8 hours in me.

  23. Colleen says:

    Why is it in every CB header picture, Donald looks like he’s in the throes of a big poop?

  24. LAK says:

    Meh! Margaret Thatcher famously slept for only 4hrs per day. Some people are not sleepers whilst others are the opposite end of the scale.

    On a personal note, i have an aunt who sleeps as little as 4hrs. No day time naps. She’s sprightly and has more energy than us 8hr sleepers.

  25. Duchess of Corolla says:

    Trump is evil. He will say and do anything to get elected. He offers nothing of substance, and if he wins, I think he might be the undoing of the country. I can’t believe people are supporting him…it is insane.

  26. JenB says:

    I think it’s particularly ironic that Hillary gets mentioned so quickly when it comes to age concerns-don’t women still have a longer life span than men on average?

  27. Pansy says:

    I know I’m in the minority on this site, but I’m (mostly) pro-life. I don’t understand, though, how you can punish women for doing something legal?! Abortion is legal!
    And as far as my mostly is concerned, is he going to punish a sweet woman for getting pregnant after a rape and not wanting to keep it? Or a woman who has 3 small kids and will lose her life (and their mother) if she decides to end a fourth pregnancy that jeopardizes her?! Does he even have script writers or consultants or anything? Or is his word salad from chronic lack of sleep?

  28. GreenieWeenie says:

    My dad is like that (sleeps 4 hours/night) and he’s bipolar. Also though, I think it’s a genetic thing. Like your gene pool permits you to operate on less. Mine doesn’t. I physically cannot do less than six hours for more than one night in a row. Whenever I do, I end up flat on my back dying on the couch for three hours after my kid’s bedtime before I can move again (usually commenting on here, haha).

  29. Natalie says:

    It could be possible he only sleeps 4 hours a day. He sounds rabid and insane most of the time. Lacking sleep can make you cranky and say all sorts of horrid things.
    Plus Trump seems like a guy who has too much energy. I could believe this.

  30. isabelle says:

    We need less sleep as we become older its why we tend to sleep less. We don’t need as much sleep…but Donald is a liar. He probably sleeps more but is lying about it just like he does most things. He wants to look like an alpha MAN and real men don’t sleep 8 hrs. This whole charade, bloviating bullying tactic is all to attract men believing so called Alpha males should be in power and he is selling himself as that alpha male.

  31. Who ARE these people? says:

    >>>Apparently, Trump’s father instilled the belief that his son was a “king.”

    Waiting for a Simba meme to show up on the Internets.

    Ted Cruz as Scar.

  32. Lisa says:

    Old news. I remember reading this ages ago. Sounds like a sure recipe for insanity.

  33. Jana says:

    I have noticed that Trump constantly repeats himself…whether it be sentences or just saying words more than twice in a row, like very, very or really, really. It’s as annoying as it is disturbing.

    • BNA FN says:

      I’m also very disturbed on how DT made light of the way his campaign manager grabbed that reporter arm leaving a bruise and then called ms Field a lier and delusional. I’m wondering if his campaign manager had left a mark on his wife or daughter’s arm, would he feel they would be overacting if they filed charges.

    • Kitten says:

      YES. Remind me of my grandma when she was in the early stages of Alzheimer’s.

    • word says:

      It’s because he has nothing of value or substance to say. He just repeats the same stupid sh*t over and over. “We’re gonna make America great again”. Hmm but how? He never answers that question…just “build a wall”. Yeah because we all know those people born and raised in America couldn’t possibly be criminals.

    • Citresse says:

      Or he’ll start with a certain thought and then switches to a different subject. ADHD?

  34. BNA FN says:

    I’m also very disturbed on how DT made light of the way his campaign manager grabbed that reporter arm leaving a bruise and then called ms Field a lier and delusional. I’m wondering if his campaign manager had left a mark on his wife or daughter’s arm, would he feel they would be overacting if they filed charges.

  35. Citresse says:

    I’d like to know what part of the 24 clock does Trump sleep? 1am to 5am? 2am to 6am? I don’t think it’s true of every night. Trump is referring to when he has overseas meetings on board his jet. Trump sleeps a lot on weekends at his place in Florida then tops up his orange look from regular dorito to extra cheesy cheeto.

  36. iheartgossip says:

    Well now I know the problem. Trumpy is tired. Maybe a little nap time during the afternoon.

    • Jwoolman says:

      Well, he didn’t actually say he doesn’t take a nap… I don’t do well with installment sleeping, but it works for some.

  37. bokchoi says:

    This whole saga around him saying something stupid about abortions/women/anything at all really makes me annoyed, because he then backpedalled on what he said once he realized everyone disagreed with him. BUT I THOUGHT ALL Y’ALL WERE VOTING FOR HIM BECAUSE HE SPEAKS HIS MIND. Shouldn’t him reversing his position be seen as a betrayal of the fundamental appeal of his campaign? Did anyone who is a Trump supporter notice this? Am I just taking crazy pills?

  38. Jwoolman says:

    My mother’s second cousin, who was in his seventies or maybe even eighties when I was a teenager, always slept just about four hours a night. He was annoyed that he was sometimes sleeping closer to five hours as he got older… The man was alert and more energetic than I was. He would hop out of bed and take an early morning walk for miles around town. It probably has to do with quality of sleep – if you can get into a deep sleep fast and stay there, maybe you need less of it. He shared a house with his sister, who was also a dynamo. I think she was older than he was. She would take what she called “cat naps”. She would just sit down, close her eyes for about a minute, and then be ready to go top speed again. We stayed with them for a couple of weeks when I was a senior in high school, and it was exhausting watching them in action!

    So it’s quite possible that The Donald only needs four hours of sleep per night and that it doesn’t mean he has insomnia or is chronically sleep-deprived. It could be normal for him.

    • Lisa says:

      My great-aunt is almost 90 and she says she now sleeps about 4-5 hours a night and feels fine. She’s a little ball of energy, always has been. The only thing that slows her down now is Parkinsons.

      There’s a big dif between her and The Donald, though. ;)

  39. word says:

    Of course he can manage on four hours of sleep. It’s not like he has to make his own breakfast, lunch, or dinner. It’s not like he has to do laundry or clean anything. It’s not like he has children to tend to. It’s not like he has to even be awake enough to drive himself somewhere. Almost EVERYTHING is done for him.

  40. sauvage says:

    Napoleon claimed being able to go on very little sleep, too. Must be a small d*ck thing.

  41. ClaireB says:

    I took the whole “Hillary will be in her 70s” thing to mean that because she’s a woman, people would blame any decisions she made on her age. Instead of saying she’s cranky or aggressive because she’s hormonal, they’ll say she’s aging and losing her grip on reality or getting dementia. So having our first female president be subject to those sorts of comments will put her, and any women who want to be president after her, in a weaker position.

    Of course, there are factions who will nitpick a female president about anything they can find. If it’s not age, it will be something else.

  42. Goodnight says:

    But Donald doesn’t even believe that. He’s made donations to women’s health groups who are pro-choice in the past. He will literally say anything to be elected.

  43. Lillylizard says:

    New medical findings indicate that people who are fully functional on less than 5hours sleep a night as their normal sleep pattern over many years ,are at high risk of suffering from dementia/alzheimers in later life . It’s also one of several indicators for bi-polar disorder. Just going on his public appearances of late I’m beginning to think Trump might be Hypomanic, a mild form of bipolar. Hypomanic people are often very successful but I wouldn’t want one in charge of the country.

  44. AnotherDirtyMartini says:

    Hillary’s age does not concern me. Maybe it’s because she looks great and appears to be healthy (I know “looks” & “appears” aren’t any guarantee, believe me). Part of it is my mom is her age, my grandma is 90 and they can both run circles around me! I tend to think the men all look less healthy and more frail than Hills. Big time!

    • Natalie says:

      Hilary does not look healthy. There are rumors about her health and how it is not good. She looks very tired and something is off about her. Bernie being a 74 year old looks healthier.