Sherrill asks Biden to step aside

HAPPIER TIMES: Future President Joe Biden and future Rep. Mikie Sherrill at her 2018 campaign kickoff, Montclair State University. Photo by Kevin Coughlin


Rep. Mikie Sherrill (D-11th Dist.) on Tuesday added her voice to Democrats calling for President Biden to bow out of the race after his poor debate against Donald Trump last month.

Rep. Mikie Sherrill (D-11th Dist.) addresses Morristown crowd, July 4, 2024. Photo by Jeff Sovelove

“I know that President Biden and his team have been true public servants and have put the country and the best interests of democracy first and foremost in their considerations.

“And because I know President Biden cares deeply about the future of our country, I am asking that he declare that he won’t run for reelection and will help lead us through a process toward a new nominee,” Sherrill said in a statement.

The three-term Congresswoman, who many expect will run for governor next year, is the first member of New Jersey’s congressional delegation to break with Biden.

Sherrill kicked off her first campaign with an appearance by Biden in Montclair in 2018.

On Tuesday she praised the 81-year-old president’s record. But a second Trump term is too dangerous to risk, especially in light of the recent Supreme Court decision giving presidents broad immunity from criminal prosecution, said the former federal prosecutor and Navy veteran.

“I have heard from people in my district who are united in their concern for our country and our future. They want a leader who can continue to build on our successes but is also able to turn the nation’s attention to the urgent threat that Trump presents to our democracy, to our freedoms, and to our country.

Future President Joe Biden, at future Rep. Mikie Sherrill’s 2018 campaign kickoff in Montclair, Sept. 5, 2018. Photo by Kevin Coughlin

“When I think of my four children and all of the rights that another Trump presidency endangers, and in light of the recent Supreme Court decision that gave inordinate power to the President of the United States, the stakes are too high – and the threat is too real – to stay silent. I realize this is hard, but we have done hard things in pursuit of democracy since the founding of this nation. It is time to do so again.”

Biden, who was scheduled to address Tuesday’s opening of the NATO summit in Washington, has adamantly insisted he can defeat Trump a second time and will remain in the race.

House Democrats assessed the situation privately Tuesday at the Democratic National Committee, a two-hour meeting some described as “rough” and somber, according to ABC News.

Seven Democratic members of Congress have publicly called for Biden to step down, but the “vast majority” of House Democrats interviewed after the DNC meeting expressed support for Biden as their presidential nominee, the network reported.

Joe Biden and Mikie Sherrill at Montclair State University, Sept. 5, 2018. Photo by Kevin Coughlin

Sherrill said Biden has “honorably served this country for more than 50 years with grace and dignity.”

“During this administration, he has led remarkable legislation that will reverberate for generations – including historic investments in infrastructure, support for Ukraine and democracies around the world, strategic competition with China through restoring domestic manufacturing, economic recovery in the wake of COVID, and support for veterans exposed to toxic burn pits, to name a few.”

One of Biden’s most significant accomplishments, Sherrill said, was defeating Trump, “who represented an existential threat to the nation and the institutions upon which this country has been founded…”

“That’s why I ran for office in the first place. I know we cannot allow Trump to return to the White House and implement his dangerous Project 2025 plan that hurts the middle class and threatens rights and freedoms, including abortion,” Sherrill said.

Led by the conservative Heritage Foundation, Project 2025 maps out policies for a future Republican administration that would vastly reshape the federal government.

This story has been updated with additional details about the New Jersey congressional delegation’s stance.

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  1. Sorry, but why did you not call out or correct Rep Sherril’s blatant lie about “implementing his (Trump’s) dangerous Project 2025 plan” when Trump has nothing to do with it. All you did was somewhat clarify what the Project was since most readers probably have no idea what it is.