Bernie Sanders graciously threw one-time primary rival, Joe Biden, a life raft on Monday, saying he will support the faltering incumbent if he chooses to run in 2024 even as many Democrats appear to be cautiously stepping away.
The Vermont independent, who caucuses with Dems, told CNN that “Biden will probably run again, and if he runs again, I will support him.”
Sanders throws Biden a life raft
Sanders did hedge a bit, though, saying it’s “too early” to say for sure what he would do.
He also seemed to leave the door open for his own White House ambitions by making his promise conditional on whether Biden runs again.
There are signs that Democrats are ready to ditch Biden, who allegedly received a record 81 million votes in the 2020 election, less than halfway through his first term as voters turn on the doddering puppet ruler.
Sanders’ socialist protege, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-Ny.), threw Biden under the bus in a cable news hit this week, merely saying, “we’ll cross that bridge when we get to it” when asked if she would back Biden in 2024.
“But I think if the president has a vision, and that’s something certainly we’re all willing to entertain and examine when the time comes,” she said.
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The New York Times has knives out for Biden, too, with a belated article cautiously broaching the issue of Biden’s age. One Democratic official quoted in the article publicly called on Biden to quit after the midterms.
The article avoids any mention of dementia, of course, but the Times nevertheless broke an unofficial rule that has guided the lying media’s coverage of Biden since he won his party’s nomination in 2020.
Biden wasn’t taken seriously by many in his party until Sanders became the clear primary frontrunner in February 2020. Sanders’ rise galvanized the Democratic party establishment into backing Biden, who crushed Sanders in a Super Tuesday romp.
Sanders would go on dutifully kiss the ring, and he has been a loyal backer to Biden ever since, although that could change, it seems.
Although older than 79-year-old Biden, Sanders, 80, is much more coherent and he remains popular with many Democratic voters. Sanders recovered from a heart attack while campaigning in 2019.