“New York Times” in an editorial: In order to serve his country, Biden should retire

The New York Times published an editorial today (Saturday) calling on US President Joe Biden to withdraw from the presidential race following his weak performance in the first televised confrontation with Donald Trump last night. In the article – “In order to serve his country, President Biden should withdraw from the race” – it is claimed that the voter cannot be expected to ignore the fact that Biden is “not the man he was four years ago”.

“The president appears to be a shadow of a great public servant. He had trouble explaining what he would achieve in a second term, he had trouble responding to Trump’s provocations, he had trouble holding Trump to account for his lies, failures, and terrifying plans. More than once, he had trouble getting to the end of the sentence. Biden is a respected president .Under his leadership, the US prospered and began to face a series of long-term challenges. The wounds left by Trump began to heal. At the same time, the greatest public service Biden can do right now is to announce that he will not run for president,” it said.

Biden and Trump, yesterday.  Many Democrats, including within the administration itself, wonder how and who allowed the president to perform so poorly
Biden and Trump, yesterday.  Many Democrats, including within the administration itself, wonder how and who allowed the president to perform so poorly

Biden and Trump, yesterday. Many Democrats, including within the administration itself, wonder how and who allowed the president to perform so poorly Photo: AFP

Biden and Trump, yesterday. Many Democrats, including within the administration itself, wonder how and who allowed the president to perform so poorly Photo: AFP

“In the current state of affairs,” the Times added, “the president is taking part in an irresponsible gamble. There are Democratic leaders who can present a clear alternative to Trump in a better way than him. There is no reason for the Democratic Party to endanger the stability and security of the country by forcing voters to choose between Trump’s flaws and those Biden’s. It is too big a gamble to hope that Americans will ignore Biden’s age or discount the value of the matter, in the face of a weakness they see with their own eyes.”

Until the televised confrontation, concerns about Biden’s situation from within the Democratic camp were expressed and repeatedly rejected with a variety of arguments. According to Pete Baker, the White House correspondent for the New York Times, appeals to the circle of Biden’s associates and advisers were forwarded last year, and it was claimed that this was an “unfair mental fixation on the part of the media”. It was also said that the distorted videos that the Republicans are spreading on social networks about Biden’s condition have nothing to do with reality. According to Baker, in view of his appearance in the confrontation, the White House will no longer be able to deny or ignore the matter.

Kamala Harris at an election rally in Las Vegas, yesterday.  If Biden decides to retire, she will be one of about six candidates
Kamala Harris at an election rally in Las Vegas, yesterday.  If Biden decides to retire, she will be one of about six candidates

Kamala Harris at an election rally in Las Vegas, yesterday. If Biden decides to retire, she will be one of about six candidates Photo: Ronda Churchill/EP

Kamala Harris at an election rally in Las Vegas, yesterday. If Biden decides to retire, she will be one of about six candidates Photo: Ronda Churchill/EP

However, in the meantime, many Democrats, including within the administration itself, are wondering how and who allowed the president to perform so weakly. How did those closest to him not dissuade him from running for a second term? Why did he agree to televised confrontations? Why didn’t they prepare the president in a better way for expected questions during the confrontation?

US Vice President Kamala Harris defended Biden after the failed televised confrontation and did so again last night at an important election rally in Nevada, one of the swing states in the current election campaign. Harris praised Biden’s record and strongly highlighted the gap between him and his opponent Trump, who used lies and fabrications Even during the confrontation. Nevertheless, it can be estimated that if the issue of Biden’s replacement gains momentum, the president will decide to retire – Harris will be one of about six candidates to take the Democratic Party’s ticket in the 2024 election.

Harris, 59, is trying throughout her term as vice president, and also during the campaign, to appeal to audiences who are not identified with Biden, such as minorities and young voters. Many Democrats said that Harris’ appearance yesterday after the televised confrontation was exactly what they expected to see in the confrontation itself from Biden. According to them, Harris spoke about the administration’s firm position on abortion and severely criticized Trump’s role in overturning the Supreme Court’s ruling on the issue during his tenure.

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