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Jill Biden Assured Donors of Joe's Readiness Before Debate Debacle: Report

 June 30, 2024

First Lady Jill Biden reportedly assured donors that President Joe Biden was "ready to go" before his disastrous presidential debate against Donald Trump on June 27 in Atlanta.

Following the debate, there was a liberal media meltdown criticizing Biden’s performance and calling for him to step aside from running for re-election, a scenario that seemed to call into question the first lady's prior representations, as Fox News reports.

Jill Biden's Pre-Debate Assurances

First Lady Jill Biden met with prominent financial backers of the Democratic Party ahead of President Joe Biden’s presidential debate.

The Biden Victory Fund and the Democratic National Committee gathered at the Ritz Carlton for a two-day political briefing.

During this meeting, Jill Biden reportedly assured donors that her husband was prepared for the debate, stating, "Joe’s ready to go. He’s prepared."

TIME magazine published an in-depth report scrutinizing President Biden’s debate performance after the fact, however.

The magazine labeled Jill Biden's assurance to the donors as "false." Following the debate, Jill Biden praised her husband's performance, commending him for responding to all the moderators' questions effectively.

Debate Preparations and Performance

President Biden's team had prepared extensively for the debate, engaging in six full days of rehearsal at Camp David. Despite these efforts, the debate did not go as planned.

TIME magazine's cover following the debate depicted Biden wandering off the page with the caption "Panic," highlighting the widespread concern over his performance.

Media Reaction and Criticism

The liberal media’s reaction to Biden’s debate performance was overwhelmingly negative. The New York Times editorial board was particularly critical, suggesting that Biden should step aside from running for re-election.

In an editorial, the board wrote, "But the greatest public service Mr. Biden can now perform to announce that he will not continue to run for re-election."

Commentary from Prominent Figures

Several New York Times columnists and CNN commentator Van Jones echoed these sentiments.

Columnist Thomas Friedman described the moment as "heartbreaking," emphasizing that Biden, despite being a "good man and a good president," should not run for re-election.

Van Jones expressed his disappointment, saying, "I love that guy as a good man. He loves his country. He’s doing the best that he can. But he had a test to meet tonight, to restore confidence of the country and of the base, and he failed to do that."

After the Debate

At the debate after-party, Jill Biden remained supportive, telling her husband, "Joe, you did such a great job! You answered every question, you knew all the facts!" However, the media backlash continued to grow.

TIME magazine raised critical questions about Biden's future on the ticket, asking, "Was there any way to get him off the ticket? And if not, was there any chance to stagger across the finish line with a deeply flawed candidate?"

Calls for a New Direction

The calls for Biden to step aside were not limited to the New York Times editorial board. Van Jones suggested that the Democratic Party should consider a different path forward. He stated, "We’re still far from our convention and there is time for this party to figure out a different way forward if he will allow us to do that. But that was not what we needed from Joe Biden."

The debate performance of President Joe Biden has sparked significant criticism and concern within the liberal media. Despite extensive preparation and assurances from first lady Jill Biden, the debate went poorly for the incumbent, leading to widespread calls for Biden to step aside from running for re-election.

Prominent media figures and commentators have voiced their disappointment, suggesting that the Democratic Party may need to consider a new direction as they move towards the next election.