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The Gaslighting Hasn't Stopped. What Does That Mean For Joe Biden?

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It's amazing to see how, even after Joe Biden's debate performance in Atlanta last week, Democrats are still gaslighting us. Yes, there are widespread calls for Biden to drop out of the race, and there are an alarming number of reports detailing how Biden's health has been covered up. At the same time, the White House remains insistent that Biden is staying in the race, and if he won't leave willingly, the party has to have his back. Let the gaslighting begin.

On Wednesday, Biden had a little pow-wow with Democratic governors who were concerned about the election in the wake of the debate. The goal for Biden was to reassure them about his fitness for office.

After the meeting, the governors of New York, Minnesota, and Maryland expressed support for Biden going forward.

"The president has always had our backs. We're going to have his back as well," Gov. Wes Moore (D-Md.) said after the meeting.

"The president ... he's our nominee. The president is our party leader," Moore added

Gov. Kathy Hochul (D-N.Y.) similarly expressed confidence in Biden after the meeting, as did Gov. Tim Walz (D-Minn.), who is also chairman of the Democratic Governors Association.

That gives the impression that the meeting went well, right? Maybe not as much as reports initially led us to believe. 

"President Biden told a gathering of Democratic governors that he needs to get more sleep and work fewer hours, including curtailing events after 8 p.m., according to two people who participated in the meeting and several others briefed on his comments," reports the New York Times. "Mr. Biden said that he told his staff he needed to get more sleep, multiple people familiar with what took place in the meeting said. He repeatedly referenced pushing too hard and not listening to his team about his schedule, and said he needed to work fewer hours and avoid events after 8 p.m., according to one of the people familiar with what took place at the meeting."

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Would that make you feel confident about Biden's fitness to serve? In 2008, Hillary Clinton had a rather infamous campaign ad that heavily implied that Barack Obama wasn't able to handle an international crisis by asking the question of Democratic primary voters about which candidate they felt more comfortable answering the phone at 3 a.m. to handle the crisis. 

Joe Biden essentially admitted that he's not available for that 3 a.m. phone call.

But it gets worse.

During the meeting, Gov. Josh Green (D-Hawaii) asked about Biden's health, to which Biden replied that his health was fine but joked, "It’s just my brain." 

While some of those at the meeting took it as a joke, others did not. Given the seriousness of the situation, a joke was incredibly inappropriate.

“President Bush went to bed at 9, and President Obama made dinner at 6:30," Biden campaign spokesman Kevin Munoz said. "Normal presidents strike a balance, and so does Joe Biden. Hardly the same rigor as Donald Trump who spends half of his day ranting on Truth Social about plans that would cause a recession and other half golfing.”

According to the New York Times, multiple governors expressed disappointment that the meeting with President Biden did not include much discussion about the future of his 2024 campaign. Despite private concerns, none of the governors suggested Biden should drop out. Gov. J.B. Pritzker (D-Ill.) asked about Biden’s campaign plans, while Gov. Jared Polis (D-Colo.) noted that many wished Biden would end his campaign. Govs. Janet Mills (D-Maine) and Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-N.M.) voiced concerns about Biden's viability and potential to lose key states. Gov. Maura Healey (D-Mass.), while silent in the meeting, had previously told White House chief of staff Jeff Zients that Biden’s political position was “irretrievable” after the debate.

Clearly, the public narrative after the meeting with the governors was more positive and confident than what really happened. The gaslighting hasn't stopped, and the only reason for it to continue is that Biden isn't leaving the race... not willingly, anyway. 

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