Labor Secretary Marty Walsh ripped Democrats hesitant to support President Joe Biden running for a second term in 2024 on Friday.
Several prominent Democrats have refused to openly support Biden’s second term. In a debate Tuesday night, Democratic New York Reps. Jerry Nadler and Carolyn Maloney were hesitant to answer whether they would support the president in the upcoming presidential election, with Maloney saying she does not believe he will run for re-election.
Walsh touted the administration’s legislative victories and told some Democrats opposing Biden’s re-election to “shut their Twitters off” during a CNN appearance Friday morning.
“Certainly some in my party need to take a step back and shut their Twitters off,” Walsh told CNN’s Jim Sciutto. “In the last six weeks, we’ve seen gas prices lowered at the pump for the last several weeks. That’s the fastest reduction in a decade. We’re seeing a major bill on infrastructure that people are going to see the investments in their communities coming up this summer and into the fall. We saw the CHIPS bill that was passed, a bipartisan bill by the way … and then the Inflation Reduction Act going through Congress right now.”
“I think that it’s easy to be the Monday morning quarterback on the sidelines taking shots at the president, but he took over office with ten million Americans out of work, he took over office with no plan on the pandemic, and quite honestly, he’s done an amazing job in my opinion of working across the aisle and pulling America together.”
A New York Times/Siena poll found that 64% of Democratic voters want a different candidate in 2024, with most (33%) citing age and 32% having cited job performance as their top reasons. Democratic strategists have expressed concerns over the idea of the president running for a second term. (RELATED: Jean-Pierre Responds To Poll Finding Majority Of Democrats Prefer Different Presidential Candidate In 2024)
“The president may not realize or care that the trajectory of his policies has been taking him farther and farther from the Democratic Party base, but his distance from that base would likely be catastrophic for Biden if he tries to get nominated again,” RootsAction founder Normon Solomon previously said.
Democratic Minnesota Rep. Dean Phillips and his opponent, Democratic Rep. Angie Craig, recently agreed the party needs a new generation of leadership. Democratic Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York and Cori Bush of Minnesota have also declined to answer whether they will support the president.
The Daily Caller asked all 50 Democratic senators if they plan to support Biden in June, only five said “yes,” while the other 45 did not respond. The ones planning to support the president included Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker.