New York Times urges Biden to drop out after debate with Trump

The editorial staff of the prestigious American newspaper New York Times on Friday called on President Joe Biden to withdraw from the race for the White House

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New York Times urges Biden to drop out after debate with Trump
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The editorial staff of the prestigious American newspaper New York Times on Friday called on President Joe Biden to withdraw from the race for the White House after his disastrous debate against Donald Trump.

In an editorial published Friday night titled "To Serve His Country, President Biden Should Leave the Race" for the White House, the New York Times described Joe Biden as a "shadow of a great public servant," after the 81-year-old president "failed his own test ".

Unrecognizable, Joe Biden slurred his words, didn't finish certain sentences and stared blankly during Thursday's televised showdown against his Republican predecessor and opponent in November's election.

"Mr. Biden has been an admirable president. Under his leadership, the nation has prospered and begun to address a range of long-term challenges, and the wounds ripped open by Mr. Trump have begun to heal. But the greatest public service Mr. Biden can now perform is to announce that he will not continue to run for re-election.," wrote the New York Times.

"It should be remembered that Mr. Biden challenged Mr. Trump to this verbal duel. He set the rules, and he insisted on a date months earlier than any previous general election debate. He understood that he needed to address longstanding public concerns about his mental acuity and that he needed to do so as soon as possible. The truth Mr. Biden needs to confront now is that he failed his own test. In polls and interviews, voters say they are seeking fresh voices to take on Mr. Trump. And the consolation for Mr. Biden and his supporters is that there is still time to rally behind a different candidate. While Americans are conditioned to the long slog of multiyear presidential elections, in many democracies, campaigns are staged in the space of a few months," they continued.

The editorial board of the New York Times is made up of respected editors and should reflect the values ​​of the media.

Members of the Democratic Party have also questioned Biden's ability to take on a new term, sparking an uproar within the party, but Joe Biden said on Friday that he can "get the job done," drawing the support of two of his predecessors, Barack Obama and Bill Clinton.

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