White House faces growing calls from Democrats for Biden to leave race

 July 6, 2024

Most observers agree that President Joe Biden's abysmal debate performance against former President Donald Trump has brought turmoil to the Democratic Party.

An example of that can be seen on Capitol Hill, where three lawmakers have called on Biden to step aside for someone else. 

Massachusetts congressman becomes latest to break with Biden

According to the New York Post, Massachusetts Rep. Seth Moulton became the latest figure to do so during an interview with WBUR radio on Thursday.

"President Biden has done enormous service to our country, but now is the time for him to follow in one of our founding father, George Washington’s footsteps and step aside to let new leaders rise up and run against Donald Trump," Moulton was quoted as saying.

"The exact mechanism that we should follow in order for other leaders to rise up, whether it's some sort of primary process, whether it goes directly to Vice President [Kamala] Harris, I'm not sure about that, that's yet to be determined," he added.

The Post noted that Moulton's statement came in the wake of similar demands made by Arizona Democratic Rep. Raúl Grijalva and Texas Democratic Rep. Lloyd Doggett.

Wisconsin senator avoided appearing alongside Biden

Meanwhile, Newsweek reported last week that Wisconsin Democratic Sen. Tammy Baldwin chose not to appear alongside Biden at an event in her state.

That fact was highlighted in a social media post this past Tuesday by Brian Schimming, who serves as chairman of the Wisconsin GOP.

"Sen. Tammy Baldwin ⁩skipping Biden visit to Wisconsin, says she's too busy on 'Fired Up for Tammy Tour.' It's better than 'I Don't Want To Get Fired with Joe' Tour in Madison," he wrote.

While Baldwin's campaign downplayed any suggestion that she is shunning the president, polling data suggests his public support is waning.

A New York Times/Sienna survey conducted between June 28 and July 6 showed President Trump with a six-point lead over Biden and a Wall Street Journal poll carried from June 29 to July 6 found the same result.

President will only drop out "if the Lord Almighty" tells him to

For his part, Biden remains adamant that he will face Trump in November, a message he recently reiterated during an interview with ABC News host George Stephanopoulos.

"If the Lord Almighty came down and said 'Joe, get out of the race,' I'd get out of the race. The Lord Almighty's not coming down," Biden insisted.

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