Washington Post columnist urges Biden to retire

September 14, 2023

A columnist for the Washington Post is calling on Joe Biden not to seek re-election in 2024. 

David Ignatius told MSNBC's Morning Joe that Biden, 80, is too old for the job and that it's time for him to throw in the towel.

The columnist said Biden has had an accomplished presidency, but he risks undoing his main achievement, stopping Trump.

"He stopped him in 2020, he stopped Trump’s supporters in the midterm elections. He’s mobilized the Justice Department that is now bringing Trump to accountability.”

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Ignatius made note of the disconnect between the media, which has ignored the issue, and the intense public interest surrounding Biden's age.

"I find that everywhere I go, it’s a subject. And what journalists like me should do is take issues like that, that people are talking about in private, and bring them forward so we can have a better discussion," he said.

Americans widely agree that Biden is too old to run again, according to poll after poll, but Democrat elites are still supporting him as their best hope to defeat Trump, the likely Republican nominee in 2024.

Biden may continue to believe he is the best candidate, whether that's true or not, Ignatius noted.

"He may decide he’s the guy who can do it, and nobody else can and that’s his decision. But I felt it was time to have a more public discussion about this."

Stubborn Joe....

In a column for the post, titled, "President Biden should not run again in 2024," Ignatius said Biden's age is not just a Fox News "trope" but the "subject of dinner-table conversations across America this summer.”

There are also concerns about Biden's role in his son's business dealings, which Ignatius - rare for a Democrat - acknowledged.

"He should have stopped his son Hunter from joining the board of a Ukrainian gas company and representing companies in China — and he certainly should have resisted Hunter’s attempts to impress clients by getting Dad on the phone,” Ignatius wrote.

Despite his concerns about Biden running again, Ignatius conceded that Biden is a stubborn man.

"Biden has another chance to say no — to himself, this time — by withdrawing from the 2024 race. It might not be in character for Biden, but it would be a wise choice for the country," he said.

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