Stephanopoulos with the dagger, anchor says, ‘I don’t think’ Joe can last four years

ABC News anchor George Stephanopoulos was sent scrambling after admitting Tuesday that he does not believe President Biden can serve four more years.

The former Clinton aide was captured on video by TMZ as he was walking down a New York City street in workout clothes, with the person recording him asking if the cognitively challenged president should step aside.

“Do you think Biden should step down?” the man asked. “You’ve talked to him more than anybody else has lately.”

“I don’t think he can serve four more years,” Stephanopoulos replied quietly.

“You don’t think he can serve four more years,” the man said, repeating what he just heard. “All right, that’s an answer.”

After the footage started making the rounds, Stephanopoulos expressed regret for being so candid.

“Earlier today I responded to a question from a passerby. I shouldn’t have,” he said in a statement to Puck News.

In a sign of just how reverberating Stephanopoulos’ doubts about 81-year-old Biden were, ABC News also released a statement.

“George expressed his own point of view and not the position of ABC News,” the network said.

Following what proved to be a disastrous debate for Biden that drew plenty of questions about his mental acuity, the president sat down with Stephanopoulos in a 22-minute, unedited interview. The goal was to quell concerns about whether he was fit to run for president, and the general consensus was that Biden failed in the endeavor.

He offered up a litany of excuses, claiming he had been “exhausted” and “sick” with a “bad cold.” He also said that he just had a “bad night,” insisting that this was not indicative of his overall abilities.

“I was exhausted. I didn’t listen to my instincts in terms of preparing,” Biden said.

In the face of growing calls from within his own party to step down, Biden managed to pull a majority of Democrats together to back him after he made it clear that he was not going anywhere — Democrats met in DC on Tuesday to discuss the matter and emerged spouting talking points about Biden being their man, even though there were still some not on board.

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

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