Cornel West could spoil Biden's 2024 chances

 August 28, 2023

Cornel West recently responded to concerns, from the political left, that he may ruin President Joe Biden's chances of being reelected in 2024.  

West did so during some recent interviews, including one interview that took place on the Fox News Channel's The Ingraham Angle. 

For those unfamiliar with West, he is a civil rights activist who formerly taught African-American studies at Princeton University.

Now, he is running in the 2024 presidential election as a Green Party candidate. Thus far, he has made the presidential ballot in 15 different states as well as in Washington, D.C. He is expected to soon make the ballot in several others.

West as "spoiler"

In recent months, media outlets - mostly left-leaning outlets - have published reports raising concern about the possibility that West could play a spoiler role in the 2024 general election.

In July, for example, Politico published an article, titled, Why some Dems fear Cornel West presents a unique challenge for Joe Biden. 

Politico, in the article, wrote:

Unlike the other fringe candidates mounting presidential bids — such as Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. and Marianne Williamson — West is not running as a Democrat. He is on the People’s Party ticket, which means he could be on the general election ballot in a small number of states. And while that may limit the votes he can take from Biden, there’s concern among Democrats that he could be a spoiler in November of 2024.

This was one of numerous articles of this kind that was published by major media outlets in July.

Now, West is responding to this idea that he might cost Biden the election.

"You've got to earn it"

During his appearance on The Ingraham Angle, West began by speaking out against America's two-party political system. He said:

Unfortunately, you've got major impediments because both parties make it difficult for third parties, which is very sad. It shows that a two-party system is an impediment for American voices to come to terms with the 63% of fellow citizens living paycheck-to-paycheck.

Ingraham went on to ask West specifically about the concerns that he might prevent Biden from winning reelection.

West replied, "I would say that the Democratic Party and the Republican Party are not entitled to any votes. They have to earn those votes."

West went on to say that he believes the idea that he is only going to take votes from the Democrats is wrong. He, instead, said that he expects to be able to get votes from both Democrats and Republicans.

Time will tell how this plays out.

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