Democratic strategist David Axelrod is not letting up on President Biden, warning him he shouldn’t repeat former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s mistake made in 2016.
Axelrod compared Biden’s hopes of winning the 2024 presidential election as being “no better” than 50-50 at best and possibly worse.
He made the blunt comment during an interview with New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd on Saturday. He compared Biden’s belief that former President Trump would misstep and lose in 2024 to Clinton’s similar take on him in 2016 where she sustained a shocking loss. Not taking Trump as a serious threat could doom Biden’s reelection campaign and Axelrod is not pulling any punches over it.
“I think he has a 50-50 shot here, but no better than that, maybe a little worse,” Axelrod remarked during the interview. “He thinks he can cheat nature here, and it’s really risky. They’ve got a real problem if they’re counting on Trump to win it for them. I remember Hillary doing that, too.”
50-50? That’s pretty optimistic
— Bruce Stark (@Possumicu) November 19, 2023
The former adviser to former President Barack Obama has made a number of unfavorable observations concerning Biden over the last couple of weeks. He nailed Biden over his age, remarking that the president “needs to decide” if becoming the Democratic nominee “is wise.” Then he called out the president telling him to either “get out or get going” on his presidential campaign because he was moving too slow.
In response to those criticisms, Biden is said to have called Axelrod a “pr*ck,” according to Politico.
“I don’t care about them thinking I’m a pr*ck— — that’s fine,” Axelrod told Dowd during the interview. “I hope they don’t think the polls are wrong because they’re not.”
On CNN International, Kasie Hunt said to David Axelrod, “since we’re live in London,” I can’t say on air Politico reported that Biden called you a prick. “It starts with a P and ends with a K.” Axelrod expressed concerns about Biden’s age being a problem. pic.twitter.com/btImv4t9yq
— Tim Graham (@TimJGraham) November 14, 2023
Many on both sides of the political aisle are very concerned over Biden’s advanced age and his mental acuity.
“This comes as Biden, the oldest president in U.S. history, turns 81 on Monday. Several Republicans and even some Democratic allies have expressed everything from criticism to concern over Biden’s ability to serve in the White House, particularly as he would be 86 at the end of his second term. A recent Wall Street Journal poll found that two-thirds of Democrats believe Biden is too old to be president, the latest numbers following a string of incidents, including trips and falls, malapropisms, and losing his train of thought,” the Washington Examiner reported.
Biden is also being challenged by third-party candidates for the presidency just as Hillary Clinton was. She warned Biden he needs to take the third-party threat seriously and counter it.
“Many of Clinton’s allies have blamed third-party campaigns, including Jill Stein, the 2016 Green Party nominee and recent 2024 presidential candidate, for Trump’s victory in 2016. Trump at first was considered a long-shot candidate but wins in the caucuses both in Iowa and Nevada positioned him to be the Republican nominee in 2016,” the Washington Examiner noted.
“A recent New York Times/Siena College poll also found that Trump is leading Biden in five battleground states, as well as making inroads among black and young voters — two voting blocs that were crucial to Biden’s win in 2020,” the news outlet added.
NEW: Former President Trump beats President Biden within the margin of error in the latest @NBCNews national poll.@SteveKornacki: “It’s the first time in more than a dozen polls we’ve seen a result like this.” pic.twitter.com/exf2cximAc
— Meet the Press (@MeetThePress) November 19, 2023
Democrats have slammed the third-party group No Labels and others for pushing a unity presidential ticket. They believe it will hurt Biden even more in his chances of being reelected and instead help Trump.
“No Labels Co-Chairman Ben Chavis said the centrist political organization would pull out of the contest if polls showed Biden with a significant lead over Trump or if Trump is not selected as the GOP presidential nominee in 2024,” the Washington Examiner reported.
A Bloomberg News/Morning Consult survey from last week showed Trump leading Biden in six swing states, with or without third-party detractors.
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