Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) told former White House press secretary and current MSNBC correspondent Jen Psaki that she predicted “great trouble” for Biden in the 2024 election.
White House officials have consistently expressed optimism about the coming election, but poll numbers show favorability ratings for President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris at historic lows.
The political landscape prompted Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA), a strong supporter of the Biden administration, to share her concerns about Democratic losses in 2024.
For the “first time” I am concerned the Democrat Party is in danger of losing across the board, Jayapal said to Psaki.
A recent New York Times/Siena College poll showed that former President Trump would beat Biden in a head-to-head matchup in the following key swing states: Nevada, Georgia, Arizona, Michigan and Pennsylvania.
Trump is also the projected leader in a projected tally of votes in every state.
Speaking of how the current conflict in Gaza could impact the election, Jayapal told Psaki during a Sunday interview: “I think it is important to recognize that we have a very divided country, as you well know.”
Jayapal added: “You have said that polls really don’t reflect where people are. I agree with you. But I will tell you, this is the first time, Jen, that I have felt like the 2024 election is in great trouble for the president and for our Democratic control, which is essential to moving forward, because these young people, Muslim Americans, Arab Americans, but also young people see this conflict as a moral conflict and a moral crisis.”
Noteworthy is that though some Democrats are couching the conflict as a “moral crisis,” most are reticent to condemn Hamas’ slaughter of more than 1,400 civilians on Oct. 7.
Jayapal added: “And they are not going to be brought back to the table easily if we do not address this.”
Vice President Kamala Harris’ declaration last week that the administration was establishing a pro-Palestinian office to address claims of racism and hate crimes against Americans holding pro-Palestinian views, seemed not to impress Jayapal.
Nor did Harris’ announcement quell violent protests — largely by young people — across the nation over the weekend.
Axios reported that many Democrats are shying away from terms such as “Bidenomics” and that several “Democratic governors and senators are quietly moving to boost their national profiles and position themselves to run for president in 2028 — or in 2024.”
Axios reported: “The ambitious, next-generation Democrats all support Biden’s re-election — but they’re drawing battle lines for the next race for the White House.”
Many are citing the perception of Biden’s frail physical and mental health as reason to prepare to step into the spotlight before the Democratic National Convention next August.
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