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Biden faces rising rebellion within Democratic ranks



Biden faces rising rebellion within Democratic ranks

President Joe Biden is grappling with increasing doubts from influential figures within his own party about his re-election prospects. Former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Hollywood star George Clooney have publicly expressed concerns, potentially swaying other Democratic lawmakers and donors.

Pelosi, a steadfast Biden ally, suggested on MSNBC that Biden must quickly decide whether to continue his 2024 campaign, though she stopped short of outright discouraging his run.

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Meanwhile, Clooney, who recently hosted a high-profile fundraiser for Biden, withdrew his support in a scathing New York Times op-ed, stating the U.S president is no longer the man he was in 2020.

Adding to the turmoil, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer has privately indicated openness to an alternative Democratic candidate, though he publicly reaffirmed his support for Biden.

In a significant move, Senator Peter Welch became the first Democratic senator to explicitly call for the president to step aside, publishing an op-ed late Wednesday urging the president to withdraw.

The Abandon Biden Campaign, opposing Biden’s re-election due to his handling of the Israel-Gaza conflict, has also ramped up pressure, urging Americans to demand his withdrawal.

Biden’s campaign is attempting to quell the unrest, with key advisers set to brief Senate Democrats. Despite the growing dissent, the president remains resolute, insisting he will stay in the race and defeat Trump.

However, the mounting calls for a change, including from Representative Earl Blumenauer and Senator Richard Blumenthal, underscore the deepening divide within the Democratic Party.