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New York Times Urges Biden's Withdrawal


Sat 29 Jun 2024 | 08:12 PM
Israa Farhan

The New York Times editorial board has called on President Joe Biden to withdraw from the upcoming election, asserting that he no longer poses a viable challenge to Donald Trump.

This plea follows a widely criticized debate performance in Atlanta, Georgia, where Biden appeared frail and struggled to articulate his points effectively.

In an editorial published on Friday, the NYT expressed skepticism about Biden's ability to replicate his 2020 victory over Trump.

“That is no longer a sufficient rationale for why Mr. Biden should be the Democratic nominee this year," the board asserted, highlighting his visible decline in vigor and coherence.

Describing Biden's debate as that of "the shadow of a great public servant," the board argued that Democratic voters deserve a candidate who can clearly and energetically present alternatives to Trump's presidency.

They emphasized the necessity for Democrats to acknowledge Biden's limitations candidly and explore stronger alternatives within the party.

While not endorsing specific candidates, speculation among media circles suggests potential replacements, including Vice President Kamala Harris, California Governor Gavin Newsom, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer, and Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker.

Despite acknowledging his shortcomings, Biden vowed to press on with his campaign during a rally in Raleigh, North Carolina, on Friday. “I know I’m not a young man, to state the obvious,” he told a crowd of supporters during a rally in Raleigh, North Carolina on Friday. “I don’t speak as smoothly as I used to. I don’t debate as well as I used to.”

However, the NYT's editorial underscores growing doubts within Democratic ranks about Biden's electoral viability.