President Joe Biden has publicly steered clear of making any major decisions regarding his potential reelection in 2024, but some folks with access to the incumbent Democrat seem to have some inside information.
Biden, who has been largely and historically unpopular from the very start of this first term, had originally presented himself with a great deal of confidence about running again, but has backed off a bit in recent days, citing some vague mumbo-jumbo about all the “things” that have to happen if he actually says that he’s running.
Behind the scenes, however, an answer seems to have arrived.
President Joe Biden told the Rev. Al Sharpton that he will seek a second term in a private conversation at the White House last month, Sharpton informed his National Action Network staff in Washington later that day.
“I’m going to do it again,” Biden said as he posed for a photograph in the Roosevelt Room with Sharpton, who is also an MSNBC host, according to an official of Sharpton’s National Action Network who recounted Sharpton’s description. “I’m going.”Trending:
While Biden allies have said he will seek re-election, he has shied away from declaring it unequivocally, at least in part to avoid triggering campaign finance reporting laws. His remarks to Sharpton at the tail end of a meeting with the leaders of several of the country’s most prominent civil rights organizations represent a stronger assertion that he will be on the ballot again.
The news will likely irk Democrats, who had previously hoped to see Biden act as a stop-gap President, and who now believe him to be a bit of a political liability…particularly if the Republicans were to nominate someone from the MAGA Movement as their candidate.