Just over three weeks remain until Americans hit the polls to decide who will lead the country through 2024. But while some may cast their ballots for Democratic White House nominee Joe Biden, President Donald Trump suggested last week that it wouldn’t actually be Biden running the country if he wins this November.
According to The Washington Times, Trump told Fox News host Sean Hannity on Friday that Biden wouldn’t be commander-in-chief “for three months before” the Democrat’s current running mate and California Sen. Kamala Harris would take over.
“He won’t be president for three months before the wonderful Kamala takes over,” Trump told Hannity in a phone interview, as the Times reported.
“She’s the most liberal person in the Senate,” the president added of the vice presidential hopeful. “She’s not a socialist. She’s a step beyond socialism, as you know.”
“A Harris administration”
Trump is far from the only one to have suggested that Biden will not finish a full term as president; even the Democratic nominee himself seemed to lend credence to the idea when he said his running mate looked “really presidential” during her recent debate against Vice President Mike Pence.
“I thought Kamala did a great job last night,” Biden told reporters on Thursday morning, according to ABC’s Johnny Verhovek. “She was really presidential. She kept it on focus. I was really proud of her. I’m looking forward to seeing her.”
Comments from Harris herself also appear to lend credence to Trump’s suspicions. Fox News reported last month that the California senator had referred to “a Harris administration” when speaking to supporters.
“A Harris administration, together with Joe Biden as the president of the United States—” Harris began before pausing to correct herself. “The Biden–Harris administration will provide access to $100 billion in low-interest loans and investments from minority business owners.”
“Uh oh, Kamala”
The remarks raised eyebrows among some observers, Fox noted, including the Daily Caller’s Greg Price, who joked: “Uh oh, Kamala. You weren’t supposed to say that part out loud!”
Ricochet editor-in-chief Jon Gabriel meanwhile remarked that Biden would be wise to “hire a food taster,” according to Fox.
The rumors that Harris would essentially take over a Biden presidency have been bolstered by repeated gaffes by the former vice president. Over the course of the 2020 campaign season, Biden has forgotten what state he is in, mixed up his wife with his sister, and told South Carolina voters that he was seeking a seat in the United States Senate, among other slip-ups.
The blunders certainly aren’t inspiring confidence in the Democratic ticket as Nov. 3 draws closer.