Monday 8 July 2024

Fox Host Says Democrats, Biden Allies Refusing To Defend President: ‘Not A Single Potential Guest’

 No Democratic lawmakers or allies of Joe Biden wanted to defend the president’s decision to stay in the presidential race, according to Fox News host Shannon Bream.

Bream announced during her show Fox News Sunday that her team spent “days” reaching out to Democrats who were all “unable or unwilling” to defend Biden’s decision. The Fox host said dozens of lawmakers and Biden campaign allies turned down the opportunity to appear on her show.

“Now, before we get to our guests, I want you, the viewers at home, to know something. Our team has spent days reaching out to dozens of lawmakers and Biden advocates and allies,” Bream said. “We’ve had numerous interactions with the Biden/Harris campaign, but not a single potential guest was either able or willing to join us on today’s show to defend the president and his decision to stay on the ticket.”

“We will be having a conversation without that voice, which we have been working around the clock to avoid,” she added.

Biden has suffered a widespread exodus of support among elected officials, donors, and others in his own party after a June 27 presidential debate with former president Donald Trump. During the debate, Biden appeared feeble and, at times, confused and incomprehensible in a performance that has raised questions over the president’s mental acuity and the effects of age on the 81-year-old president.

A growing number of Democratic lawmakers have called on Biden to exit the presidential race to make room for a new nominee, likely Vice President Kamala Harris. Rep. Lloyd Doggett of Texas was the first to publicly call for Biden to step aside last week.

“Recognizing that, unlike Trump, President Biden’s first commitment has always been to our country, not himself, I am hopeful that he will make the painful and difficult decision to withdraw,” Doggett said in a statement.

Reps. Raúl Grijalva of Arizona, Seth Moulton of Massachusetts, Mike Quigley of Illinois, and Angie Craig of Minnesota have since joined Doggett against Biden’s reelection bid, according to Axios.

The backlash to Biden’s debate performance has been fueled by the president’s struggling poll numbers against Trump in battleground states for the 2024 election. Trump is leading Biden in all seven battlegrounds from 0.6 points in Michigan to 5.8 points in North Carolina, according to Real Clear Politics polling averages.

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