Former Dem presidential candidate rips Biden’s letter to Congressional Dems as ‘not helpful and self-serving’

President Joe Biden asked congressional Democrats in a letter to “move forward as a unified party’” but one Democrat is calling out a “mistake” in the message.

The president has continued to push back against a growing chorus of calls for him to step aside and allow another Democrat to be the party’s presidential nominee. In a letter on his personal letterhead sent to Democrats on Monday, Biden declared that “despite all the speculation in the press and elsewhere, I am firmly committed to staying in this race, to running this race to the end, and to beating Donald Trump.”

Former Nebraska senator and governor, Bob Kerrey called Biden out for being “self-serving” with his complaints about critics as he reacted to the letter.

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“I have had extensive conversations with the leadership of the party, elected officials, rank and file members, and most importantly, Democratic voters over these past 10 days or so. I have heard the concerns that people have — their good faith fears and worries about what is at stake in this election,” Biden wrote.

“I am not blind to them. Believe me, I know better than anyone the responsibility and the burden the nominee of our party carries. I carried it in 2020 when the fate of our nation was at stake,” he claimed.

“I also know these concerns come from a place of real respect for my lifetime of public service and my record as President, and I have been moved by the expressions of affection for me from so many who have known me well and supported me over the course of my public life. I’ve been grateful for the rock-solid, steadfast support from so many elected Democrats in Congress and all across the country and taken great strength from the resolve and determination I’ve seen from so many voters and grassroots supporters even in the hardest of weeks,” Biden continued.

He went on “clearly and unequivocally” to declare that “I wouldn’t be running again if I did not absolutely believe I was the best person to beat Donald Trump in 2024.”

Going on to express how he is the Democratic presumptive nominee “by a wide margin,” Biden recounted how only three people challenged him in the Democratic primaries and he won the vote of Americans who chose him as their nominee.

“Do we now just say this process didn’t matter? That the voters don’t have a say?” he chided. “It was their decision to make. Not the press, not the pundits, not the big donors, not any selected group of individuals, no matter how well-intentioned.”

After touting his so-called accomplishments, Biden went on to trash his opponent and all who support former President Donald Trump, claiming that Democrats are the ones who “are standing up for American democracy.”

Kerrey, who was a 1992 Democratic presidential candidate, ripped into Biden for his tone and the content of the letter.

“I read that letter,” he said on “The Claman Countdown” Monday.

“If I was a Democratic member of Congress, I’d call the White House and say, ‘You made a mistake. You don’t send this letter out to us,’” he continued. “If I question [whether] you can defeat Donald Trump, I’m bad for democracy? It’s blatantly untrue, it’s self-serving and not helpful.”

“It sounds to me like he’s decided to stay in no matter what happens, and we’ll find out,” Kerrey added. “He said well, you can challenge me in Chicago. Well, there’s no challenger in Chicago. He’s got the delegates all lined up to become the nominee of the Democratic Party.”

“And again, it kind of puts him in a position that I don’t think he wants to be in. He’s told people he’s got to run,” Kerrey said, “[so] go campaign, tell people what you’re going to do instead of getting angry that people are telling you that you shouldn’t run, questioning their patriotism when they do.”

Fox News host Jesse Watters expressed a similar sentiment, calling out Biden on “The Five” for sending out what essentially feels like a ransom letter.

Frieda Powers

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