“In the interest of the nation”, the “New York Times” asks Biden to “give up running”

Not without reason, President Biden has repeatedly highlighted the stakes of the presidential election next November, where nothing less than the future of American democracy will be at stake.

Donald Trump has shown himself to be a real challenge to this democracy: a fickle, self-centered figure unworthy of public trust. He has systematically attempted to undermine the integrity of electoral processes. His supporters have openly proclaimed their intentions for 2025, an agenda that will give him the power to deliver on the most extreme of his promises and threats. If he returns to power, he has vowed to be a different president, one unencumbered by the checks and balances of power built into the American political system.

Joe Biden has claimed that he is the candidate with the best chance of opposing and defeating this announced tyranny. His arguments are based mainly on the fact that he beat Trump in 2020.

This is no longer enough to justify him being the Democratic candidate this year.

Biden is not the man he was four years ago

In the June 27 debate, the president had to convince the American public that he was up to the formidable demands of the office he claims to seek for a second time. But voters cannot be expected to ignore what has, on the contrary, been clearly visible: Biden is no longer the man he was four years ago.

That evening, the president gave the impression of being a shadow of the remarkable senior official he had been. He struggled to explain what he would accomplish during his second term. He struggled to respond to Trump’s provocations. He failed to expose the latter’s lies, his failures and the terrifying nature of his plans. More than once, he couldn’t even finish his sentences.

Biden has been an admirable president. Under his leadership, the country has prospered and begun to address a range of long-term problems, and to heal the wounds inflicted by Trump. But the greatest service Biden can do for the state today is to make it clear that he will not run.

In this case, the president is

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