President Joe Biden's spill Thursday is prompting some in the Democratic Party to suggest a challenge to him in the primary, the Daily Caller reported. Biden tripped on stage at the graduation ceremony for the U.S. Air Force Academy and required help getting back.
Social media exploded Thursday with footage of Biden's unfortunate fall. Wearing a baseball cap and suit, Biden attempted to make his way across the stage when his foot caught on a sandbag, causing him to fall so hard he needed assistance getting back on his feet.
Prior to this embarrassing event, there were already rumblings about replacing the elderly Biden prior to the 2024 presidential election. This has renewed those calls for his ouster as it's clear that his age has caught up with him.
“[S]ome top Democrats have privately been saying for months that they’re nervous about Biden tripping again on the trail," Alex Thomas, a journalist for Axios, tweeted with the footage. "Today he did."
some top Democrats have privately been saying for months that they’re nervous about Biden tripping again on the trail. Today he did—>
— Alex Thompson (@AlexThomp) June 1, 2023
"The GOP campaign ads are going to BRUTAL and effective," investigative journalist Jordan Chariton predicted in a tweet. "Still time for more progressives to jump into race against Biden or run as independent," he hinted.
Former Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, who may have helped Biden get elected by suppressing the Hunter Biden "laptop from Hell" story, is also worried about Biden's staying power. "Open the Democrat primaries and debates. This isn’t fair to anyone," he wrote as he shared the clip of Biden's fall.
"Very cool that the media acts like this dude is inevitable and barely covers his primary opponents," YouTuber Kyle Kulinski, who boasts more than a billion views to his liberal channel, tweeted. When even the left is pointing this out, that means trouble.
Amid those worries, challengers like author Marianne Williamson and Robert F. Kennedy Jr., the attorney whose profile has risen with his outspoken opposition to the COVID-19 vaccine, are making headway. Both could potentially siphon votes from Biden, with Williamson garnering 8% and Kennedy receiving 20% in a poll last month.
Now more than ever, Democrats need to give the process a fair shake. Instead, the Democratic National Committee shuffled the schedule for the 2024 primary to make South Carolina the place it kicks off first.
Notably, this is where Biden finally triumphed over Massachusetts Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Vermont Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders, and others. The DNC has also not entertained the idea of hosting any debates between candidates.
This clear manipulation became a topic for Kennedy in his speech to lawmakers in the New Hampshire Senate. He admonished the Democratic Party for its efforts to take early voting away from states like Iowa and the Granite State and move the start of the primary.
"There’s so many Americans who believe that the system now is rigged, the economic system, but also the political system, that the elections are fixed," Kenney said Thursday, according to CNN. “And we ought to be, the Democratic Party particularly, ought to be making this election a template for democracy to our country and to the rest of the world."
However, even if Kennedy or another candidate is a viable alternative, Democrats have a problem on their hands. Biden is the incumbent, which is a measurable advantage in most instances.
Replacing Biden with anyone else will erase that advantage while revealing that the Democratic Party is operating out of fear rather than confidence. Unfortunately, it might be worse to keep Biden and watch him fall flat on his face, both literally and figuratively.