On MSNBC, Joe Scarborough directed his commentary towards the lens, expressing skepticism about President Joe Biden's bid for another term.
Polling by The New York Times/Siena College indicated that the previous president is outpacing Biden in a majority of pivotal battleground states. The surveys show that in regions such as Arizona, Nevada, Georgia, Pennsylvania, and Michigan, the margin ranges from three to potentially ten points in favor of Trump. Only in Wisconsin does Biden seem to have a narrow advantage, but it's so close that it's within the survey's error range.
David Axelrod of CNN raised concerns last Sunday, suggesting that Biden should ponder the possibility of withdrawing from the electoral contest.
Scarborough conveyed that Axelrod's apprehensions are echoed in private by other members of the Democratic party. Despite doubts cast on Biden's prospects when he entered the race in 2019, he still managed to succeed. Scarborough then squarely attributed the current situation to Biden’s advisors, criticizing them for not steering him to take a more combative stance against Trump.
“Whoever inside the White House is telling Joe Biden not to attack Donald Trump: stop it. Stop. Seriously. Stop it. All right? And maybe start a lawn service with push lawnmowers, because you don’t know what you’re doing. You don’t know what you’re talking about. And you’re costing the president. You really are. You’re costing him points. This is a political battle to the end. Donald Trump is trying to destroy Joe Biden.”
“I’m not exactly sure, Willie, who inside the White House is saying, ‘Hey, when you go up against the champ, Mike Tyson in ’91, Muhammad Ali in ’73, you should fight by Marquess of Queensbury rules’,” Scarborough said mockingly. “No, you got to go after him, no-holds-barred.”
“And yet, Willie, they’re still trying to debate: ‘Do we play nice in this campaign, or do we actually take it to a guy that stole nuclear secrets, has been accused of being a rapist by a New York judge, and has 91 felony counts against him charged? It’s not hard. I don’t think this is hard. And I’m not sure who inside the White House is making this hard.”
“Stop it!” Joe Scarborough loses it on Biden Campaign advisers who are apparently telling President Biden to not attack Trump. (Video: MSNBC) pic.twitter.com/xTRDe2bH4B
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Kevin Munoz, the spokesperson for Biden's campaign, assured The Times that the strategy for a victory in 2024 hinges on "by putting our heads down and doing the work, not by fretting about a poll."