With Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders out of the Democratic presidential primary race, former Vice President Joe Biden is now front-and-center as the man most likely to win the party’s nomination this summer. But not everyone on the left is thrilled with the idea.
Amid concerns over Biden’s fitness to lead, some experts have suggested that the Dems may opt to replace the vice president as their pick to take on President Donald Trump this fall — a theory that the Sanders campaign’s former press secretary, Briahna Joy Gray, seems to be on board with, the Washington Examiner reports.
“They’re planning to replace Joe”
Gray’s thoughts on the subject were made known in a tweet posted by the former Sanders spokeswoman on Thursday. The progressive Democrat shared a video of Fox News host Tucker Carlson arguing that Democrats have now come face-to-face with a hard question for them to swallow: “Is Joe Biden ready to lead this country?”
“Bernie was too kind to go after Biden, but it’s coming,” Gray wrote in her tweet in response to the clip.
She went on: “Either Dem leadership cares more [about] maintaining a corporate status quo than getting rid of Trump, or they’re planning to replace Joe — adopting a pretty fast and loose relationship [with] representative Democracy. Lose lose.”
Bernie was too kind to go after Biden, but it’s coming.
Either Dem leadership cares more abt maintaining a corporate status quo than getting rid of Trump, or they’re planning to replace Joe – adopting a pretty fast and loose relationship w/ representative Democracy.
Lose lose. https://t.co/mzQYMjM2Nc
— Briahna Joy Gray (@briebriejoy) April 9, 2020
He’s not the only one
To be sure, Gray is no fan of Carlson — she called him a “cruel bully” in a follow-up tweet — but that doesn’t mean the Fox star is wrong about Biden’s White House prospects.
As far as who could be up to replace Biden, the most likely — and by far most mentioned — possibility is New York’s Democrat Gov. Andrew Cuomo, whose political stock has risen substantially thanks to his near-daily press briefings on how his state is handing its massive coronavirus outbreak. Such speculation was fueled, the Examiner reported, by a number of conservative talking heads who have suggested as much in recent weeks.
“I sincerely and totally believe that Joe Biden will not be the Democratic nominee on Election Day,” Carlson himself told Detroit journalist Charlie LeDuff on a podcast earlier this month, according to the Examiner. “Two competing imperatives: We’ve got to win, but we’ve got a guy who can’t win. Therefore, they’re going to replace him.”
Carlson went on: “[Biden]’s not going to make it, and the people around him know that. Trust me, I know them. And I know they know it, because they’ve said it to me.”
Former Fox News host Bill O’Reilly expressed a similar sentiment in a discussion on Sean Hannity’s radio show in early April, the Examiner noted. “The thinking now is that, if Biden can’t make it, they’ll get him to a couple of weeks before the convention, and then he’ll step aside for health reasons and give his delegates to Cuomo,” O’Reilly remarked.
As Election Day draws nearer, only time will tell if Dems go through with these alleged plans to find a new nominee. In the meantime, voters can always throw their support behind a candidate they know can do the job: the one who is already in the White House.