It’s usually a given that the current president will run for a second term. In the case of President Joe Biden, this foregone conclusion isn’t a popular one. These 17 issues are holding even Democrats back from supporting the candidate in a re-match against former President Trump.
Handling of the Afghanistan Withdrawal
The war in Afghanistan ended with the Taliban victorious when the United States withdrew its troops from Afghanistan. The aftermath has been characterized by a marked change in the social and political order of Afghanistan as the Taliban took over the country once again after the fall of Kabul in 2021. Many Americans feel the withdrawal was mishandled and American lives had been lost in Afghanistan for nothing.
Hunter Biden Scandals
President Biden’s son, Hunter, has been the center of quite a few controversies lately, one of which accuses Hunter of using his father’s political standing as former vice president and now as president to gain business deals in foreign countries. Some have gone as far as to say President Biden has financially gained from these deals himself, which is a major ethics violation.
Desire for a More Progressive Candidate
“I don’t think the country nor certainly not progressives in the party, who all tend to be younger, are going to sit on the sidelines,” said Mark Longabaugh, a progressive ad-maker who worked as a consultant for Sanders’s presidential campaign.
Desire for a More Unifying Figure
It’s a given that people will want someone to unify the nation instead of creating a greater divide. So far, people are not confident Biden is the man for the job.
Desire for a Candidate with Better Communication Skills
Mark Knoller, the veteran journalist who covered the White House for decades and keeps detailed records of presidential pressers, said Biden has held 24 news conferences since he took office, 12 of which were joint news conferences with foreign leaders. Democrats believe the president has been kept out of the spotlight to avoid saying something wrong.
Latino and Progressive Democrats fear a return to Trump-era immigration policies as Biden pushes for a compromise with Republicans on immigration to secure funding for aid to Israel and Ukraine. This compromise could bring about mass deportations without asylum screenings.
Foreign Policy – Israel and Hamas Conflict
The president didn’t expect his support of Israel to come into question, but he also hadn’t expected a war to break out between Israel and Hamas in October 2023. “Protests have followed Biden across the U.S. by demonstrators calling for a cease-fire, something the administration, in agreeing with Israel, says would only allow Hamas to regroup and rearm. Chants that have followed Biden include calling him ‘genocide Joe,’” according to The Hill.
The latest issue over his environmental policy, though, comes from his plans to increase natural gas exports. He believes that selling fuel at a higher price to other countries will decrease even more harmful coal burning when he backs gas companies in his policies for climate change.
Americans are unusually united, with 87% wanting lawmakers to tackle inflation before anything else. People have been hit incredibly hard in their pocketbooks, leading to an overall sense of dissatisfaction with the current administration.
Lack of Voter Enthusiasm
With another Biden-Trump battle looking to be up again in November, voters are expressing zero enthusiasm. Most voters wish they could have other candidates to choose from, but the party seems to be pushing these ones on us, like it or not.
Campaign Strategy and Messaging
There has been a lot of criticism of the incumbent’s campaign strategy, or lack thereof. A report by the Washington Post stated, “Obama has raised questions about the structure of President Biden’s re-election campaign, discussing the matter directly with Biden and telling the president’s aides and allies the campaign needs to be empowered to make decisions without clearing them with the White House.”
Age and Stamina
President Biden is already in his 80s, an age where, in any other career field, he would be well into his retirement. About 47% of voters who think Biden should not run say age is a major reason, including 61% of Democrats who don’t want him on the ballot and 66% of seniors.
Proneness to Gaffes
“Biden’s weakest link is his tradition of placing his foot in his mouth,” said Tobe Berkovitz, a professor emeritus at Boston University and former media consultant. “He has always been a gaffe machine, and his diminishing cognitive abilities have exacerbated this problem.” The Democratic Party would like someone who can speak off the cuff without worrying about the backlash.
Biden currently has the lowest approval rating of any president in 15 years, since George W. Bush’s invasion of Iraq. People are struggling financially, worried about the immigration crisis, and feeling an overall sense that the president isn’t good at his job.
Ethical Standards and Decision-Making
After promising not to add another foot to the border wall, the Biden administration is moving forward with a controversial plan to build a new section of the border wall in Texas. It’s waiving more than two dozen federal environmental laws to add 20 miles to the barrier. This is just one example of some ethically questionable decisions
Democratic Base Erosion
Many in the Black and Hispanic communities, who historically vote Democrat, are feeling forgotten by the Democratic Party. In the GenForward survey released on Tuesday and shared first with POLITICO, nearly one in five Black Americans, or 17 percent, said they would vote for former President Donald Trump; 20 percent of Black respondents said they would vote for “someone else” other than Trump or Biden.
Rising inflation and high interest rates have tended to hit Biden’s younger, lower income, and more racially diverse voters the hardest, The New York Times reported. If Biden cannot turn the economy around before voters hit the polls, the negative view of our economic future under his administration may turn even Democrats to another candidate.
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