There is no shortage of evidence that President Joe Biden has a serious popularity deficit among American voters, including those in his own party. Until fairly recently, however, top Democrats were reluctant to admit that fact in public.
As the 2024 election draws closer and former President Donald Trump polls increasingly well against his 2020 foe, however, several cracks have begun to form in the partisan dam.
— Kasie Hunt (@kasie) November 6, 2023
Radio host Charlamagne Tha God, who chose not to confront then-candidate Biden on his proclamation in 2020 that any voter who might consider supporting Trump “ain’t Black,” has since soured on the incumbent.
During a recent broadcast of his “Breakfast Club” show, he asserted: “See, the facts are Biden is not getting any younger. He’s not going to get any more popular, and he’s not getting a new running mate. So please, Mr. President, give America the ultimate Christmas gift and step aside.”
Several establishment Democrats and elected officials have offered a similar assessment.
“I believe there are other candidates who have a far better chance and don’t have the actuarial risk that the president has,” concluded U.S. Rep. Dean Phillips (D-MN). “Why does everyone have blinders on? Why are we being led to this cliff without knowing what’s on the other side?”
New Hampshire state Rep. Steve Shurtleff responded to a question about whether he would like to see Biden run for re-election by stating: “In my heart of hearts, no. I think a lot of people just don’t want to say it.”
Former Obama administration adviser David Axelrod attracted significant attention, and perhaps prompted others in the party to speak out against a Biden re-election bid, with his social media post on the topic last month.
“It’s very late to change horses; a lot will happen in the next year that no one can predict & Biden’s team says his resolve to run is firm,” he wrote. “Only [Biden] can make this decision. If he continues to run, he will be the nominee of the Democratic Party. What he needs to decide is whether that is wise; whether it’s in HIS best interest or the country’s?”