Fox News star Tucker Carlson said on Friday that he believes that the Democrat party is looking for a way to remove current frontrunner Joe Biden from contention for the Democratic nomination.
“I am utterly convinced, and would bet money, that Joe Biden will not be the Democratic nominee on election day. I just don’t believe that. I really don’t,” Carlson predicted in an interview with podcaster Charlie LeDuff.
77-year-old Joe Biden is all but assured of defeating primary opponent Bernie Sanders in the next several Democrat primaries.
Sanders himself confessed during a recent interview that “it’s going to be a very steep road” to the nomination, though he’s still refused to admit ultimate defeat. After floundering early in the race, Biden rallied on Super Tuesday and now holds 1,217 delegates to Sanders’ 914.
However, the coronavirus crisis has thrown the Democrat party into chaos, causing the postponement of several primaries, the cancellation of all political rallies, and diverting the attention of virtually every American away from the election.
The crisis has also exposed Biden’s inability to rise to the occasion. During the first week of the crisis, Biden virtually disappeared from the public eye before figuring out how to contact voters. Once he did begin holding his own daily virtual press briefings on the ongoing crisis, he quickly drew criticism for repeated gaffes and uninspiring rhetoric.
Carlson pointed out that Biden is “not prepared” to face off with Trump or lead the country. “He shouldn’t be working still. I’m not being mean. I know him. I’ve always liked him,” Carlson said.
“But that’s true. And so, those are two trains traveling toward each other at high speed. Two competing imperatives. We’ve got to win, but we’ve got a guy who can’t win. Therefore, they’re gonna replace him.”
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has been building significant buzz due to his performance during the crisis that has disproportionately affected his state. “If I had to bet I would think Andrew Cuomo would be the most likely to replace Biden,” Carlson said.
Before the crisis, Cuomo was actually floated as a possible 2020 candidate, but at the time was receiving the lowest approval ratings of his nine years as governor. However, Cuomo’s daily pressers on the coronavirus crisis and proactive leadership and cooperation with the White House catapulted him into the national spotlight.
Carlson isn’t the only one speculating that Cuomo may be the solution to the Democrat party’s 2020 problem. Boston Herald columnist Joe Battenfeld opined that “Cuomo is everything Biden is not — a strong orator who oozes leadership and decisiveness, [and] deftly handles his daily briefings with a strong hand and warns Americans and New Yorkers that the pandemic could reach tragic proportions.”
“if Biden continues to stumble, looking unpresidential and unfit to handle this crisis, the calls will get louder for him to step aside and hand his delegates to Cuomo,” Battenfeld concluded.