President Biden’s aides are reportedly very apprehensive about a potential 2024 rematch with former President Donald Trump, as current polls indicate an essential tie between the two candidates. This state of affairs has caused “existential stress” among Biden’s aides, with the media increasingly questioning if Biden should even consider running for re-election.
The fear is that any campaign missteps or fumbles by Biden could facilitate the return of Trump, whom they perceive as a singular threat to American democracy.
Compounding these concerns, some liberal columnists, such as David Ignatius from the The Washington Post, have called on Biden and Vice President Harris to step aside in 2024. Ignatius believes that if Biden and Harris were to campaign together, it could risk undoing Biden’s supposed most significant achievement: stopping Trump.
Biden’s aides are attributing some of these concerns to the media, accusing them of validating worries about Biden’s age and allegations of corruption surrounding his son, Hunter Biden. Additionally, big-name Democratic donors have reportedly not yet contributed to the Biden campaign, causing frustration among top Biden aides.
Adding to the turmoil, House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., announced a formal impeachment inquiry into President Biden, claiming that House Republicans have “uncovered serious and credible allegations into President Biden’s conduct.” In response, White House Counsel spokesperson Ian Sams called for increased media scrutiny of House Republicans.
Recent polls indicate that a substantial number of voters believe Biden is too old to run for re-election. An Associated Press-NORC poll from late August found that 77 percent of Americans believe Biden is too old for a second term. This sentiment was shared by 89 percent of Republicans and 69 percent of Democrats.
If Biden and Trump secure their parties’ nominations, it would be the first presidential election rematch since 1956, when Republican President Dwight D. Eisenhower faced Democratic challenger Adlai Stevenson for a second consecutive race.