Biden sets first post-debate interview with fawning host. Of course there’s a caveat.

Facing a growing chorus within his own party to step aside due to his cognitive decline, President Biden will sit down for an interview with ever-reliable ABC anchor George Stephanopoulos that will air over the Fourth of July weekend.

With concerns about the 81-year-old president’s mental acuity swirling following last week’s dismal debate, the interview will NOT be live — a factor that critics argue will give ABC the opportunity to edit the footage and clean up any serious stumbles Biden may experience.

“ABC News announces the exclusive, first television interview with President Joe Biden following the presidential debate last week. The president will sit down on the campaign trail Friday with ‘Good Morning America’ co-anchor and ‘This Week’ anchor George Stephanopoulos,” the network announced. “A first look of the interview will air Friday, July 5, on ‘World News Tonight with David Muir,’ with portions airing on ‘Good Morning America’ Saturday and Sunday as well. The extended interview will air Sunday, July 7, on ‘This Week with George Stephanopoulos’ and ‘Good Morning America’ on Monday, July 8.”

Media columnist Joe Concha described Stephanopoulos as a “Clinton attack dog,” responding to the announcement by saying Biden would “never agree to a live interview.”

Which is precisely what some critics suggest the president needs to do to put to rest all the talk about a replacement on the Democratic ticket in November.

The fact that the interview will air over the July 4th holiday weekend resulting in an expected lower audience is not lost on those skeptical of the exercise.

Biden held a quick news conference after the Supreme Court delivered a big win for former President Donald Trump, ruling 6-3 that presidents have “absolute immunity” for official acts. Reading a short statement off a teleprompter, Biden beat a hasty retreat without taking any questions from reporters.

Then again, Biden may have already lost the battle when reporters are openly asking at the daily press briefings if he has “Alzheimer’s, any form of dementia, or degenerative illness.”

As for the Clinton angle, it prompted an interesting opinion about the ABC News interview potentially being a setup to finish off Biden — a coup de grâce, if you will.

Here’s a quick sampling of other responses to the story, as seen on X:

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