“He’s an amazing grandpa. Honestly, I love him so much. I call him Papa,” Wentzel shared with his fellow contestants. “He led America and my family very well. I stand for everything he stands for. He believes in equality for everyone, regardless of race, class, gender, anything. He’s just an amazing person. I aspire to be like him one day.”
He also mentioned the former president’s health.
“I also want to say that he’s recently been put into hospice because he has been very sick. It was really sad. I love you so much, Papa. You were amazing and I will do everything I can to keep your legacy alive. Lead with love. That’s all I got to say.”
Wentzel said unfortunately it’s been “harder and harder” to see his grandfather at his Plains, Georgia home where he’s been receiving hospice care for the past several months.
However, his mother “spends a lot of her time with him.”
“My mom spends a lot of her time with him. She spends almost half her time taking care of him at this point just because of things like COVID regulations. So it’s really family oriented. I haven’t been seeing him as much recently, but he knows that I love him and we’re supporting him through this time.”
“He’s pretty sick,” Wentzel said of his grandfather. “He still does use his brain. He listens to audiobooks. He’s a genius. He’s super smart. I love him. He always wants to be doing something with his mind, so he’s trying to keep himself busy, but he is really sick and getting older.
As for his grandmother, the former first lady, “she does have dementia and when I see her, she does forget what’s going on sometimes, but when she remembers it’s amazing. I love her.”