The Democrats had only one, singular focus in the 2020 election: Beat Donald Trump. They didn’t really care about winning the election, just so long as Donald Trump lost. It was sad reminder of just how silly this whole two party system can be, as it turned our political focus away from policy, and more toward personal issues with the candidates. In this new America, no one truly wins.
The Democratic Party had been taking heavy, hard turns to the left over the course of recent years, but they knew that they couldn’t run a progressive candidate against Trump. This led them to eventually convincing Joe Biden to run, despite his reluctance. The septuagenarian had at one point even stated that he was only to be a “transitionary” president, leaving after one term of what everyone thought would be constant work to undo Trump’s actions.
But in his first press conference as Commander in Chief, Biden shocked and confused reporters when asked about 2024.
“The answer is yes,” Biden said. “My plan is to run for reelection. That’s my expectation.”
Biden spoke about his political future during a press conference at the White House on Thursday.
He laughed when a reporter noted former President Donald Trump already set up his reelection campaign at this point in his administration but Biden had not.
“My predecessor needed to,” Biden laughed. “My predecessor. Oh God, I miss him.”
When pressed on his assertion that he would run for re-election, Biden pushed back.
“Look, I don’t know where you guys come from, man … I am a great respecter of fate. I have never been able to plan for 3.5 years ahead for certain,” he said.
He appeared exasperated when a reporter asked him whether he expected to run against former President Donald Trump in 2024, claiming he did not even think about it.
“I have no idea if there will be a Republican Party,” he said. “Do you?”
Biden’s first press conference came after 65 days in office, which is a record for modern presidents.
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