Andrew Sullivan, a former editor of The New Republic, made the case in an essay on his Substack The Weekly Dish on Friday titled ‘It’s Time For Biden To Leave The Stage.’
Sullivan, an unorthodox conservative who’s happy to criticize lawmakers both left and right, noted that he voted for Biden, 80, out of his disdain for Donald Trump, and would do so again if it came down to it — but that he hoped the 80-year-old Democrat would step aside.
‘Every time you hear him speak, he’s also just a little off, eyes now barely visible in the ancient, botoxed, fillered face, words often slurred, a ghostly white mane peeking over his collar in the back, occasionally rallying to the point, or strangely loud-whispering,’ wrote Sullivan.
‘This is the man the Democratic Party says will be fully able to function as president for five more years through the age of 86. No one rooted in human reality believes it, or should believe it,’ he added.
Andrew Sullivan made the case for Biden to step down in an essay on his Substack The Weekly Dish on Friday titled ‘It’s Time For Biden To Leave The Stage’
Sullivan, echoing the title of his essay, pointed an incident earlier this week in which the president abruptly departed the stage during a Medal of Honor recipient’s ceremony
Sullivan, echoing the title of his essay, pointed an incident earlier this week in which the president abruptly departed the stage during a Medal of Honor recipient’s ceremony.
Critics accused Biden of disrespecting the aging Vietnam veteran, who was left standing awkwardly alone during the closing benediction, but the White House insists the exit was planned to limit Biden’s exposure to attendees as COVID cases rise.
Sullivan offered a third explanation – that the president is simply too old – and can no longer behave in a way Americans expect from their leader.
In his essay, Sullivan proposed a number of viable candidate to step in if Biden withdraws from the race, including Democratic Governors Jared Polis, Josh Shapiro, Gavin Newsom, Gretchen Whitmer, J.B. Pritzker, and Wes Moore.
‘Senators Warren, Klobuchar or Booker could run again, as could Buttigieg. Others will emerge,’ he added.
As for Vice President Kamala Harris, Sullivan calls her ‘an obvious non-starter,’ adding, ‘which goes a long way to explaining why we’re stuck where we are.’
‘But there’s no reason she couldn’t throw her hat in the ring (and Biden should stay strictly neutral),’ he added.
For her part, Harris insisted Wednesday that she was ready to ‘take over’ from Biden if he fell ill and couldn’t carry on running the country.
Sullivan, an unorthodox conservative who specializes in provoking all sides, noted that he voted for Biden out of his disdain for Donald Trump
The VP laid out the worst-case scenario, but insisted Biden is fine and can continue serving through a second term until he is 86.
Harris, who has struggled with dire approval ratings, defended the president’s age during an interview with the Associated Press at the ASEAN Summit in Jakarta, Indonesia .
The AP’s Chris Megerian pointed to last week’s AP-NORC poll that found 77 percent of Americans, including 69 percent of Democrats , believe Biden is too old to run for reelection.
A Wall Street Journal poll out Monday had similar findings, with 73 percent of voters saying Biden is too old to run again, including two-thirds of Democrats.
Harris dismissed concerns and said Biden was ready to serve as president until January 2025.
‘First of all, let me say that our president has been an extraordinary leader who has accomplished things that previous presidents hoped and dreamed and promised they would do and did not achieve,’ she said.
Vice President Kamala Harris insisted Wednesday that she was ready to ‘take over’ from President Joe Biden, however assured Americans that he was up to serving as president until age 86
‘So yes, I see him every day, a substantial amount of time we spend together is in the Oval Office, where I see how his ability to understand issues and weave through complex issues in a way that no one else can, to make smart and important decisions on behalf of the American people, have played out,’ Harris continued.
‘And so I will say to you, that I think the American people ultimately want to know that their president delivers – and Joe Biden delivers,’ the VP added.
Harris also answered in the affirmative when Megerian asked if she was prepared to serve as president.
‘Yes,’ she said.
He then prompted her to ‘describe that process.’
‘Well, first of all, let’s – I’m answering your hypothetical – but Joe Biden is going to be fine, so that is not going to come to fruition,’ Harris said.
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-12498373/Andrew-Sullivan-Biden-resign.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Pundit Andrew Sullivan – who backed Biden in 2020 – calls for him to step down as he slams president’s ‘ancient, botoxed, fillered face’ while insisting ‘no-one rooted in human reality’ believes he can last until 2028