Democrat Insiders Say the Movement to Get Biden to Drop Out ‘Is Real’

The fallout from Joe Biden’s terrible debate performance Thursday night continues. And while the Biden campaign insists that Biden has no intention of dropping out, insiders reveal that there is indeed an effort to convince Biden to drop out.


A House Democrat, speaking for others after Biden’s weak debate performance, told Politico, “The movement to convince Biden to not run is real.” This Democrat is described as a staunch Biden defender, and he or she told the outlet that House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer need to consider a joint effort to nudge Biden out of the race. 

Crestfallen by the president’s weak voice, pallid appearance and meandering answers, numerous Democratic officials said Biden’s bet on an early debate to rebut unceasing questions about his age had not only backfired but done damage that may prove irreversible. The president had, in the first 30 minutes of the debate, fully affirmed doubts about his fitness.

A second House Democrat said “reflection is needed” from Biden about the way ahead and indicated the private text threads among lawmakers were even more dire, with some saying outright that the president needed to drop out of the race.

A Democratic lobbyist close to many party leaders also invoked Jeffries and Schumer — “Will they do something?” — before noting, hopefully, that Jeffries and former President Barack Obama are holding a fundraiser for House Democrats in New York on Friday.

However, many senior party officials believe that it’s unlikely to sway Biden to drop out of the race. A Democratic governor who described the debate as “beyond bad,” lamented to Politico that it was now “too late” to replace him as the party’s nominee. And that’s likely accurate.


For those close to Biden, his appearance was the realization of their worst fears. His top strategists sought to make the best of it — citing focus groups and snap polls that showed voters also detested former President Donald Trump — but made no attempt to hide their disappointment. Nobody in Biden’s orbit wants to be the one to approach him about whether to stay in the race, but as one adviser told me: “It’s got to be a conversation, and he will hate it.”

“There are going to be discussions about if he should continue,” former Obama adviser David Axelrod told CNN after the debate. However, as of early Friday morning, there is no sign that elected Democrats would approach Biden about stepping down.

The funny thing about this is that Democrats have nobody to blame but themselves for this mess. 


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