David Axelrod, a former adviser to President Obama, recently reiterated his criticisms following reports that President Biden privately referred to him as a “prick” Axelrod expressed his indifference to being called names, emphasizing the importance of acknowledging accurate polling data.
“I don’t care about them thinking I’m a pr–k — that’s fine,” Axelrod told New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd. “I hope they don’t think the polls are wrong, because they’re not.”
Axelrod, who has previously defended Biden, shared with Dowd his belief that Biden is attempting to “cheat nature,” drawing parallels to Hillary Clinton’s approach. This sentiment was echoed in a Politico column by Jonathan Martin, who reported Biden’s private remarks about Axelrod.
“I think he has a 50-50 shot here, but no better than that, maybe a little worse,” Axelrod said. “He thinks he can cheat nature here and it’s really risky. They’ve got a real problem if they’re counting on Trump to win it for them. I remember Hillary doing that, too.”
Maureen Dowd criticized Biden’s engagement in “petty feuds” and advised him to focus on gathering insights from key party figures instead. She highlighted the need for Biden to listen to critical voices rather than harboring resentment. Dowd’s column also mentioned the numerous messages Axelrod received in agreement with his assessment of the latest polls.
In response to a poll showing Biden trailing Donald Trump in several key battleground states, Axelrod urged the president to reconsider his candidacy. During an appearance on CNN, Axelrod addressed the controversy, understanding Biden’s irritation but emphasizing the need for a proactive approach.
“Listen, I understand he was irritated because I raised concerns that many, many Democrats had. And again, you know, my feeling is either get out or get going. But the status quo, the way they were approaching the campaign, this sort of ‘What, me, worry?’ attitude about the campaign was not going to get him to where he needs to go,” Axelrod stated.
Axelrod concluded by acknowledging Biden’s displeasure with his comments but remained steadfast in his position, noting that many others were relieved that such concerns were voiced. “I’ll live with the fact that the president’s unhappy with me,” he concluded.
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