A famous political pundit who supported President Joe Biden in the 2020 election is calling for him to step down before 2024 – saying the Democrat is simply too old to serve another term.
Andrew Sullivan, a former editor of The New Republic, made this point in an essay on his Substack The weekly dish on Friday with the caption “It’s time for Biden to leave the stage.”
Sullivan, an unorthodox conservative who likes to criticize both left- and right-wing lawmakers, noted that he voted for the 80-year-old Biden out of disdain for Donald Trump and would do so again if the worst came to the worst – but he hopes that is the case The 80-year-old Democrat would resign.
“Every time you hear him speak, he’s also a little off, the eyes barely visible in the old Botoxed, stuffed face, the words often slurred, a ghostly white mane hanging over his collar peeping in the back and occasionally contracting to the tip, or strangely loud whispering,” Sullivan wrote.
“This is the man who, at age 86, the Democratic Party says can serve as president without restrictions for five more years. No one rooted in human reality believes it or should believe it,” he added.
Andrew Sullivan made the case for Biden’s resignation in an essay in his Substack The Weekly Dish on Friday titled “It’s Time for Biden to Leave the Stage.”
Sullivan, in reference to the title of his essay, referred to an incident earlier this week in which the president abruptly left the stage during the Medal of Honor ceremony
Sullivan, in reference to the title of his essay, referred to an incident earlier this week in which the president abruptly left the stage during the Medal of Honor ceremony.
Critics accused Biden of disrespecting the aging Vietnam veteran who stood awkwardly alone during the final blessing, but the White House insists the exit was planned to limit Biden’s contact with attendees as COVID cases surge.
Sullivan offered a third explanation: the president was simply too old and could no longer behave the way Americans expect of their leader.
In his essay, Sullivan suggested a number of viable candidates who could step in should Biden withdraw from the race, including Democratic Govs. Jared Polis, Josh Shapiro, Gavin Newsom, Gretchen Whitmer, JB Pritzker and Wes Moore.
“Senators Warren, Klobuchar or Booker could run again, as could Buttigieg.” “Others will emerge,” he added.
As for Vice President Kamala Harris, Sullivan calls her “an obvious non-starter,” adding, “Which explains why we’re stuck where we are.”
“But there’s no reason she can’t throw her hat in the ring (and Biden should remain strictly neutral),” he added.
Harris, for her part, insisted Wednesday that she was ready to “take over” for Biden if he fell ill and could no longer run the country.
Sullivan, an unorthodox conservative who specializes in provoking all sides, noted that he voted for Biden out of disdain for Donald Trump
The vice president described the worst-case scenario but insisted that Biden is doing well and can continue his term until he is 86.
Harris, who has struggled with poor approval ratings, defended the president’s age in an interview with the Associated Press at the ASEAN summit in Jakarta, Indonesia.
The AP’s Chris Megerian pointed to last week’s AP-NORC poll that found 77 percent of Americans, including 69 percent of Democrats, believe Biden is too old to run for re-election.
A Wall Street Journal poll on Monday found similar results: 73 percent of voters said Biden was too old to run again, including two-thirds of Democrats.
Harris dismissed concerns and said Biden is ready to serve as president until January 2025.
“First and foremost, I want to say that our president was an extraordinary leader who accomplished things that previous presidents had hoped, dreamed and promised but failed to achieve,” she said.
Vice President Kamala Harris insisted Wednesday that she is ready to succeed President Joe Biden but assured Americans that he can remain president until age 86
“So yes, I see him every day, a significant amount of the time we spend together is spent in the Oval Office, where I see his ability to understand issues and penetrate complex issues in a way that no one else can, “to be smart,” and important decisions were made on behalf of the American people,” Harris continued.
“And that’s why I want to tell you that I think ultimately the American people want to know that their president is delivering – and Joe Biden is delivering,” the vice president added.
Harris also answered yes when Megerian asked if she would be willing to serve as president.
“Yes,” she said.
He then asked them to “describe this process.”
“Well, first of all – I’ll answer your hypothesis – but Joe Biden will be fine, so that won’t come to fruition,” Harris said.