Biden Admits He’s OK With a Trump Win As Long as He “Gave it His All” 

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Maybe it’s not all about a democracy in danger that keeps President Joe Biden from stepping aside following last week’s dismal debate performance. Maybe Biden would be “ok” even if Trump wins in November, according to a recent interview following the debacle. 

Towards the end of an interview with ABC News’s George Stephanopoulos, Biden’s response seemed to deviate from his longstanding narrative of serving the greater good. 

Stephanopoulos asked him, “If you stay in and Trump is elected and everything you’re warning about comes to pass, how will you feel in January?” 

“I’ll feel as long as I gave it my all, and I did as good a job as I know I can do, that’s what this is about,” Biden replied. 

His comments raised more than a few eyebrows during the televised interview, seen by about 8.5 million viewers. Nearly 51 viewers watched Biden stumble incoherently through a ninety-minute debate with former President Donald Trump last week, and many are calling on Biden to step down. Biden, however, remains determined to stay in the race, saying in the interview that he would only step aside if “the Lord Almighty” personally told him he couldn’t win. 

While the Lord Almighty is remaining silent, Biden supporters are not. Many business leaders have penned a letter urging Biden to withdraw from the 2024 election, emphasizing the importance of preserving democracy and securing his legacy. Daniella Ballou-Aares, CEO of the Leadership Now Project and sponsor of the letter expressed on CNN that the organization’s primary concern is the “threat” posed by former President Donald Trump to the economy, national security, and the rule of law. She noted that the coalition of business leaders no longer believes Biden can mobilize enough voters to prevent another Trump presidency.  

Their letter highlights fears about global and domestic instability, the abandonment of allies, crony capitalism, political retaliation, and the further erosion of civil rights for marginalized groups under Trump. Ballou-Aares emphasized that they are also engaging with Congress and the administration to voice their concerns, believing they must alert the country to the severity of the situation. 

In their closing statement, the coalition of business leaders appeals to Biden’s sense of national duty, likening their request for him to step aside to a crucial moment in early American history when George Washington passed on leadership. 

Biden may be “ok” if Trump wins, but he’s not giving up without a fight. Representative Maxine Waters (D-CA) is rallying the Black vote. Waters recently defended the president during a conference call with fellow members of the Congressional Black Caucus. The 85-year-old House veteran encouraged lawmakers to stand firmly behind Joe Biden. A participant on the call noted that she conveyed a message to younger colleagues not to falter. Biden now relies on the support of African American Democrats and union allies as his last defense. This strategy, used by Biden before, portrays his critics as primarily elite white liberals who are disconnected from the more diverse and working-class base of the party.  

If Biden can maintain support from labor and the Black community, he stands a chance to reshape the heated debate surrounding his candidacy. Issues of race and class have been central in Democratic nomination battles for decades.  

Biden and his team are banking on the outcome mirroring past races: where, despite preferences of the donor class, it’s average Black Americans who ultimately determine the nominee. 

That’s why Biden appeared at an African American church in Philadelphia last Sunday. He plans to address the NAACP convention in Las Vegas next week. Amid NATO meetings, he will participate in impromptu events with diverse groups of lawmakers and residents from the Washington, D.C., area. 

Biden’s acceptance of a Trump victory marks a notable change in the race. A person with Biden over the July 4 holiday noted, “I think he is focused on recovering, but I personally think he’s still in the denial phase of grief.” 

Biden isn’t the only one who would be okay if he lost to Trump. Polling shows his approval rating at 36%, and Trump is leading the President by three points in battleground states and two points on a national stage. The liberal hacks at CNN have been forced to face consistent negative polling for their candidate, with one post-debate survey showing Trump beating Biden 41% to 35%. 

If Biden loses in November, he will be “okay,” knowing he gave it his best shot. But if Trump wins, America will be more than “okay.” The United States may even once again become a thriving superpower on the global stage. 

And maybe Americans will be able to feed their families again.