Events this week delivered further proof that the 2024 presidential race could be one of the most unusual in U.S. history. On Monday, D.C. District Court judge Tanya S. Chutkan set former President Donald J. Trump’s federal election-interference trial for March 4, 2024—the day before Super Tuesday. And on Thursday, Trump pleaded not guilty to charges in Georgia for his alleged efforts to overturn the state’s 2020 presidential election results. It’s unclear whether the collision between Trump’s trials and the political calendar will influence voters, as Trump remains the runaway leader in the GOP polls.
Concerns are also growing about the advanced age of America’s influential political leaders. On Wednesday, for the second time in as many months, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell froze while answering questions from reporters. McConnell’s health issues come at a challenging time for President Joe Biden; a new Associated Press–NORC poll found that three-quarters of the public think he is too old to serve another term.
Joining editor in chief of The Atlantic and moderator Jeffrey Goldberg to discuss this and more are Kyle Cheney, senior legal-affairs reporter at Politico; Asma Khalid, White House correspondent for The NPR Politics Podcast; Susan Page, Washington bureau chief at USA Today; and Mark Leibovich, staff writer at The Atlantic.