Longtime NeverTrumper Finally Turns on Biden, Calls for Democratic Replacement

President Joe Biden is losing support from some of his biggest backers. Bill Kristol, who founded and edited the neoconservative magazine The Weekly Standard, became a fierce critic of Donald Trump during the 2016 presidential campaign and led the NeverTrump movement. In 2018, Kristol co-founded The Bulwark, whose coverage is largely centered around criticism of Trump. Two years later, he endorsed Biden in the Democratic primary, calling it a “simple choice,” and in the general election. On Wednesday, however, Kristol argued that Biden should announce he won’t run for re-election. He said on Twitter that a retirement announcement by Biden would bolster the Democrats’ chances in the 2022 midterm elections and lead to a Democratic victory in the 2024 presidential race. As the president’s popularity drops further and further amid historic inflation and other crises, even liberals are increasingly giving him the cold shoulder. [firefly_poll] A recent New York Times/Siena College poll indicated that 64 percent of Democratic voters want someone else than the incumbent as their nominee for president in 2024. Biden snapped at a reporter who asked him about the poll at a White House event Tuesday. “Read the polls, jack! You guys are all the same,” he said. If Biden were to run for re-election in 2024, he’d start his second term at the age of 82, smashing presidential age records. Democrats have quietly circulated concerns about his age and unpopularity. Kristol repeated his desire for Biden to eschew a 2024 re-election campaign in a subsequent tweet. At the now-defunct Weekly Standard, the neoconservative ideologue became a crucial proponent of President George W. Bush’s 2003 invasion of Iraq. The invasion has since become regarded as one of the worst foreign policy disasters in U.S. history. Kristol reinvented himself by aligning with progressive Democrats as a Trump critic after the 2016 GOP primary, establishing himself as a mainstay on liberal cable channels such as CNN and MSNBC. This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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