Despite sexual assault allegations and a long train of verbal gaffes, former Vice President Joe Biden is still widely regarded as the Democratic Party’s presumptive 2020 nominee for the White House.
But during a recent television appearance, Democratic National Committee (DNC) communications director Xochitl Hinojosa seemed to suggest that Biden’s position is no longer secure, as Breitbart reported.
It “has to happen”
When speaking with Hinojosa on Thursday, Fox News personality Bill Hemmer pointed out that there is “a real possibility the convention does not happen or it happens in a virtual sense… Is that correct as of today?”
The Democratic Party official replied that contrary to Hemmer’s suggestion, the convention will indeed go forward.
“First of all, our convention has to happen, because we are not officially nominating Joe Biden in order to take Donald Trump,” Hinojosa said, according to Breitbart. “So our convention is happening. There is business that has to happen.”
It remains unclear if Hinojosa meant to say that the DNC wouldn’t be “officially nominating Joe Biden” — according to Breitbart, the spokeswoman has not since clarified her remarks.
Biden’s spot at the top of the Democratic ticket has appeared all but assured since mid-April when he received an endorsement from Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, his last serious challenger.
“Today I am asking all Americans — I’m asking every Democrat, I’m asking every independent, I’m asking a lot of Republicans — to come together in this campaign to support your candidacy which I endorse,” Sanders said in an April 13 livestream that was transcribed by Breitbart.
The Vermont senator also acknowledged that he and Biden have ideological “differences” and that “we are not going to paper them over,” according to CNBC, but insisted this wouldn’t stop the party from moving “forward together.”
Despite this show of unity, there are growing doubts among some Democrats over the wisdom of nominating Biden for the presidency. Those misgivings stem in part from claims made by former Senate staff member Tara Reade that then-Sen. Biden sexually assaulted her in a Capitol hallway in 1993.
One of Reade’s former neighbors has gone on record to say that Reade recounted the incident to them in graphic detail several years after it was said to have occurred, as Business Insider reported.
Only time will tell, however, if this increasingly credible allegation will be enough to derail Uncle Joe’s bid for the White House.