President Joe Biden’s tenure as president could be summed up in two things: gaffes and policy failures. For months, Democrats have tried to steer Biden away from running for president, citing the president’s old age, spelling trouble for the 80-year-old commander-in-chief, who is seeking four more years in the Oval Office.
Among Democrats, this is cause for concern, with a former senior adviser to then-President Barack Obama, David Axelrod, suggesting that Biden should hang it up and drop out of the 2024 presidential race.
Axelrod argued that the U.S. can’t take four years of Trump in the White House and, given Biden’s devastating poll numbers and his record as president, such a possibility could come true.
On X, formerly known as Twitter, Axelrod argued that “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’s defied CW before but this will send tremors of doubt thru the party – not ‘bed-wetting,’ but legitimate concern,” per Newsmax.
In a separate X post, Axelrod added that “only @JoeBiden 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?”
Only @JoeBiden 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?
— David Axelrod (@davidaxelrod) November 5, 2023
Axelrod, like most Democrats, argued that the 2024 election is vital for Democrats to win because “Trump is a dangerous, unhinged demagogue.”
Axelrod’s claim is interesting, considering that under the Trump administration, the world was at peace, the economy was thriving, the border was secure and America was rivaled, unlike today.
Nonetheless, the former senior advisers’ comments come after the New York Times/Siena College poll showed Biden trailing the former president in five of six battleground states, which he won in 2020. The president is trailing by margins ranging from 3-10% among registered voters, as reported by Newsmax.
The poll found that 71% of registered voters believe Biden is “just too old to be an effective president,” while just 39% said the same about Trump.
When asked if they felt Biden has the cognitive abilities to continue serving as president, 62% of respondents said no, while 35% agreed. Regarding Trump, 52% of registered voters said they believe the former president has the mental sharpness to carry out another presidential term, while 44% said he does not.
Axelrod pointed out that Biden’s age is “his biggest liability.”
“Among all the unpredictables there is one thing that is sure: the age arrow only points in one direction,” Axelrod wrote on X.