Report: First lady and Hunter Biden blame staff for bad debate performance

 July 2, 2024

Many Democrats were left reeling last week following President Joe Biden's awful debate with former President Donald Trump.

Yet rather than advise him to step down, First Lady Jill Biden and other members of his family are going after the president's aides. 

Targets include former White House chief of staff Ron Klain

That's according to Politico, which reported that top campaign advisers were "trashed" during a secret meeting at Camp David over the weekend.

The targets reportedly included senior staffer Anita Dunn along with her husband, Bob Bauer, who serves as the president's attorney and also stood in for Trump during debate prep sessions.

Also said to be on the list for criticism was Ron Klain, Biden's former White House chief of staff and main debate prep organizer.

However, one option that was apparently not considered was Biden stepping down as nominee, with the first lady and Hunter Biden allegedly being "the loudest voices urging the president to stay in the 2024 contest."

Staff members blame CNN

That account fits with remarks that Jill Biden offered to Vogue magazine, which stated,  "Dr. Jill Biden, the first lady and Vogue's August cover subject, has fiercely defended her husband and stood by him." 

The publication went on to stress that the first lady insisted she and her husband "will not let those 90 minutes define the four years he's been president."

Politico added that for their part, staffers lashed out at CNN over the way it conducted the debate, asserting that its moderators should have fact-checked Trump.

They further complained that the president was not told which camera he would appear on when not speaking and that the make up he wore made him seem overly pale.

Poll shows support for Biden has fallen since debate

However, a post-debate CBS News survey found that only 27% of registered voters think Biden has the necessary cognitive strength to serve as president, representing a drop of eight points from earlier in the month.

What's more, just 28% feel the president should be running for a second term, compared with 37% who said the same thing in February.

When participants were asked why they didn't want him to run for reelection, 86% mentioned Biden's age, 71% expressed concern over the decisions he might make, and 66% cited his record in office.

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