President Joe Biden drew criticism from social media after responding with a lengthy silence when asked in an interview if he would support Mrs. Jill Biden running for president again in 2024.
“Does Dr. Biden agree?” Jonathan Capehart of MSNBC asked Biden about the 2024 run in a clip that aired on Friday. Biden then paused and looked down at the floor, prompting Cape Hart to follow up with “President?”
“Dr. Biden thinks so, so does my wife,” Biden said before pausing again. not.”
The clip received attention from critics on social media. Republican National Committee Chairman Ronna McDaniel, who called the exchange “scary.”
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“What a mess,” posted Cassandra McDonald, editor-in-chief of Timcast News.
“I think there’s a short nap in there,” radio host Mark Davis tweeted.
“Joe Biden seems legitimately dozing off during this interview,” Outkick founder Clay Travis tweeted. “He keeps getting worse.”
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“I’m looking forward to fact-checkers trying to explain this,” Fox News contributor Katie Pavrich tweeted.
Before being asked about Dr. Biden’s position on running for president again, the 79-year-old president said he “hasn’t made that formal decision,” but that he “intends to run again.”
Biden added, “We have time to make that decision.”
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It was reported earlier this week Jill Biden ripped up senior White House officials and demanded answers following the president’s latest solo press conference in January.
The report drew strong criticism from Republicans. Among them was Rep. Ronnie Jackson, a former White House doctor who accused the first lady and senior White House officials of “carrying out a cover-up to protect their own interests.” Jackson also set his sights on the president’s cognitive status.
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Survey of 1,206 registered voters Conducted by Fox News Last week, more than half (54%) would vote for someone other than President Biden in 2024, and a third (33%) would re-elect Biden.
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