The DNC Is Killing Its Primary Debates

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by Joseph Enders  •  •  April 26, 2023   

Democrat party crushes Biden's opponents

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WASHINGTON ( - Democrats are livid over the Democratic National Committee's decision to defend Joe Biden and muzzle his competition in the 2024 presidential election.

Robert Kennedy Jr., Marianne Williamson and Nina Turner

Over the past few days, several die-hard blue politicians have begun ripping the party's top dogs for refusing to sponsor any debates between the self-described Catholic and his — now two — primary opponents, which include famed Kennedy child and anti-vaccine activist Robert Kennedy Jr., who claimed "the system is indeed rigged," and the founder of Project Angel Food, Marianne Williamson, who labeled the DNC's actions both "undemocratic" and "unfortunate."

Politicians at the state level, like former Ohio state Sen. Nina Turner, also chimed in. "The DNC refusing to hold a single primary debate is undemocratic and robs the voters of choice. No one who feels confident in their record and/or ideas would hesitate to stand on them. The DNC should hold debates. This is supposed to be a democratic process," Turner stated. 

Though the prospect of railroading primary opponents might appear as a party overreach, the practice of canceling primary debates for incumbents in American politics is almost tradition. 

The Republican National Committee also chose not to sponsor primary debates.

In 2020, the Republican National Committee also chose not to sponsor primary debates between President Donald Trump and his two challengers: former Illinois Rep. Joe Walsh and former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld. Party leadership views these debates as a waste of time and resources — as the incumbent almost always goes into reelection at an advantage. 

But the complaints lobbed at the DNC follow Biden's Tuesday announcement that he'd seek reelection under a new slogan: "Let's finish this job." But with gas and grocery prices lowering only slightly this month and inflation remaining high while the dollar weakens, the Democrats may feel threatened by what "finish this job" means.

But the concerns may not simply be over the faux-Catholic leader's fiscal failings, some are questioning his mental fitness entirely. In a letter reportedly circulating among House Republicans, ex-White House doctor Rep. Ronny Jackson (R-Texas) challenged the 80-year-old politician to undergo a clinical evaluation. The letter, addressed to Biden, states, "We call on you to either resign immediately and renounce your bid for reelection or submit to a clinically validated cognitive screening assessment and make those results available to the public."

On Monday, Rasmussen Reports published a study showing Democrats are becoming more open to third-party candidates than Republicans — with 35% saying that "it's at least somewhat likely" they will vote for a third-party candidate in next year's presidential election, while only 29% of Republicans said the same.

Biden's job approval rating remains in the red. 

Rassmussen also found that among likely U.S. voters, Biden's job approval rating remains in the red, with 43% strongly disapproving of his job performance and only 23% strongly approving of it. Biden is also trailing Donald Trump's approval rating by 1 point — placing the race at a statistical tie. 

But with the primary season firing up for Republicans, the Democrats appear to be sticking with tradition and betting on Biden — perhaps dashing the hopes of Democrat primary challengers who dare to oppose Biden's regime. 

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