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Elon Musk Sparks Debate By Asserting That Nobody Should Be Able To Run For Office Past Age 69

Elon Musk Sparks Debate By Asserting That Nobody Should Be Able To Run For Office Past Age 69
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Elon Musk recently suggested that anyone 70-years-old and older should be barred from running for political office.

At the start of the month, the CEO of Tesla and SpaceX took to Twitter to announce his thoughts about political office.

And his choice for an age cut off to run for office is slightly memetic.

The tweet states:

“Let’s set an age limit after which you can’t run for political office, perhaps a number just below 70...”

The implication is that the age should be ‘69’, a common joke number due to its association with a sex act.

However, there’s a little more to the suggestion. Current United States President Joe Biden and the previous President and failed 2020 candidate, Donald Trump are both over 70.

Though some felt it may have been a dig at Senator Bernie Sanders from Vermont. Musk and Sanders recently got into a Twitter fight over Sanders’ insistence that the rich pay their fair share in taxes.

Reasoning aside, people were divided on the idea.

The age of politicians in the United States has been a point of contention.

Without a limit on terms in the United States Congress, some politicians have served for nearly thirty years. The average age of senators is 64.3 years old, the oldest average in history.

This has some people questioning if the current political landscape needs new blood. But is an age limit the right way?

Though there may be better ideas to improve the country.

Musk has a regular habit of making strange Tweets. For instance, he made a sexist joke that truly encapsulates the harassment that women in STEM fields face.

And despite being called out for that, he hasn’t learned anything.