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“The View” co-host Joy Behar explained to guest and Vice President Kamala Harris why she thinks Democratic voters and political leaders are becoming more and more frustrated with President Joe Biden’s reelection campaign as Donald Trump surges.
Prominent Democrats, including former President Barack Obama, have voiced their criticism of the Biden campaign’s strategy for the anticipated rematch with President Donald Trump, raising concerns about Biden’s prospects for victory.
During Harris’ appearance, Behar addressed those concerns head-on.
“Let’s talk a little bit about how you’re going to go after the other side, because some heavy hitting Democrats are sounding the alarm behind closed doors,” Behar told Harris. “President Obama has reportedly said the Biden campaign is too complacent when it comes to Trump. Representative Jim Clyburn has said the campaign isn’t breaking through the MAGA wall. Michelle Obama says she’s terrified, as we are are about the potential outcome of the election.”
“Now, are you scared? … What could happen if Trump ever became — God forbid — president again, and what are you going to do to stop the crazies?” she asked.
Harris claimed she is “scared as heck” of Trump being reelected — even as her boss’s Justice Department is targeting the former president — and said all Americans should be as well.
“I am scared as heck, which is why I’m traveling our country,” the vice president responded. “You know, there’s an old saying that there are only two ways to run for office, either without an opponent or scared. So on all of those points, yes, we should all be scared.”
“But as we know — and certainly, this is a table of very powerful women — we don’t run away from something when we’re scared. We fight back against it, right? So many of us know when we are scared for the future of our children, do we then stay in bed with the covers over our head?” she continued. “No, we can’t. We cannot. And this is where this election requires, rightly, that President Biden and I and all of us who are part of this administration, we gotta earn re-election.”
Democrats have grown increasingly concerned about Trump as Biden’s polling and approval numbers continued to tank over the past year, hitting historic lows in some surveys for the modern era. As such, they have adopted the narrative that Trump is ‘dangerous to democracy’ rather than try to defend Biden’s policies amid record-high illegal immigration, inflation, interest rates, energy and food costs.
“I am concerned,” Democratic Connecticut Sen. Richard Blumenthal told the Washington Post in November. “I was concerned before these numbers. I am concerned by the inexplicable credibility that Donald Trump seems to have despite all of the indictments, the lies, the incredible wrongdoing.”
Blumenthal, for the record, was caught lying about serving in Vietnam — he didn’t. In fact, he got five military deferments between 1965-70 and eventually enlisted in the Marine Reserve, which essentially guaranteed he would not be sent there.
For his part, Trump, fresh off a big win in the Iowa caucuses, continues to garner more backing and support from Republican leaders.
That includes Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, who gave then-fellow GOP presidential contender Trump all he could handle during the 2016 Republican primary cycle. He has “enthusiastically” come out in support of his one-time rival after the Monday caucuses.
“I am proud to endorse Donald Trump for President of the United States,” Cruz said on “Hannity.”
“I look forward to supporting him enthusiastically because I think it’s time for the Republican party to unite, for us to come together,” Cruz continued. “We’ve got to beat Joe Biden. We’ve got to beat this disastrous cultural Marxist agenda in the White House. We’ve got to retake the United States Senate. We’ve got to hold the House. We’ve got to come together and win, and with the results last night, the people have spoken. It’s time to move onward to victory in November.”