White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre on Tuesday laughed off the rather serious question of whether President Joe Biden will seek reelection in 2024 following reports he told Al Sharpton he would run again.
“Did the president tell Al Sharpton he’s running,” AFP White House correspondent Sebastian Smith asked the press secretary.
“You love asking me, Sebastian, asking me about 2024!” she responded with a laugh.
“Here’s what I will say,” said Jean-Pierre as she chuckled. “If Al Sharpton says it, it’s, you know…” She caught herself and would not finish the sentence.
“Here’s what I can say,” Jean-Pierre restarted, “and the president has said this himself. He intends to run in 2024. As you know, I cannot weigh in on elections. I cannot speak to elections from here. We do truly follow and try to follow the Hatch Act here, but I will reiterate what the president has said many times, what I have said many times, is that the president intends to run.”
The Hatch Act of 1939, An Act to Prevent Pernicious Political Activities, as it is formally called, is a law that prohibits employees in the executive branch from engaging in political activities such as campaigning. The law does not apply to either the president or the vice-president and its constitutionality has been upheld in the Supreme Court, though the act is perhaps incorrectly invoked at times.
NBC News reported on Monday that while posing next to him for a picture last month, Biden had told Sharpton, “I’m going to do it again. I’m going.” The outlet cited “an official of Sharpton’s National Action Network who recounted Sharpton’s description.”
Questions surrounding the president’s mental fitness to hold the office he currently has, let alone run for reelection, are prevalent and not limited only to his opponents.
Even the leftist rag known as The New York Times has admitted that Biden may be to too old and unwell to effectively hold the office of POTUS.
Knives out. pic.twitter.com/usC1TLd9Zu
— Stephen L. Miller (@redsteeze) July 9, 2022
“Mr. Biden looks older than just a few years ago, a political liability that cannot be solved by traditional White House stratagems like staff shake-ups or new communications plans,” the July article said.
It continued, “Although White House officials insist they make no special accommodations the way Reagan’s team did, privately they try to guard Mr. Biden’s weekends in Delaware as much as possible. He is generally a five- or five-and-a-half-day-a-week president, although there are times when he is called at any hour regardless of the day. He stays out of public view at night and has taken part in fewer than half as many news conferences or interviews as recent predecessors.”
“I do feel it’s inappropriate to seek that office after you’re 80 or in your 80s,” longtime presidential advisor David Gergen is quoted in the Times report. “I have just turned 80 and I have found over the last two or three years I think it would have been unwise for me to try to run any organization. You’re not quite as sharp as you once were.”
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