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New York Times Calls for Joe Biden to Be Replaced in US Election Race

New York Times Calls for Joe Biden to Be Replaced in US Election Race

The editorial board of The New York Times today openly called on the Democratic Party to promote a new candidate for the US presidential race and to demonstrate to Joe Biden that he is unable to defeat Donald Trump.

The most influential newspaper among the US progressive media has already published opinion pieces calling for Biden’s departure, but this time it published an editorial signed by the entire board urging party leaders to “speak forcefully to the President and the public about the need for a new candidate”.

The headline recalls that Biden “should not try to perform two of the most difficult and demanding jobs in the world at the same time: serving as President and campaigning for the presidency”.

According to the editorial, the heavyweights of the Democratic Party are acting out of respect for Biden and because they calculate that they can be more influential with private advice than with public criticism.

But “a whisper campaign is inappropriate right now, because the moment is urgent: the more Biden clings to his nomination, the harder it will be to replace him.”

The editorial board cited a poll carried out last week by the same newspaper, in which 74 per cent of respondents agreed that Biden is too old (81) to remain in office, a percentage that rose five points after his negative performance in the televised debate with Republican candidate and former President Donald Trump.

For the newspaper, Biden pays little attention to his own voters “and puts the country at grave risk when he insists that he is the best Democrat to beat Trump”.

The editorial ends by accusing Biden of blind ambition: “As the situation becomes more critical, (Biden) has come to consider himself indispensable. He doesn’t seem to realise that he is the problem and that the best hope for the Democrats to retain control of the White House is for him to step aside.”

Several Democratic voices believe that the time has come for Biden to step down, but it remains to be seen whether there will be a coordinated move to do so.
Other doubts would also arise as to whether Biden would agree to step down, and even if he did, the Democratic Party would only have a few weeks to organise his succession, running the risk of internal divisions and a chaotic nominating convention in Chicago in August.

In this entirely hypothetical scenario, the new candidate would have just over two months to campaign before the elections on 5 November.

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