Democratic presidential hopeful Joe Biden has been betrayed by the man who he calls his best friend.
According to a Wednesday report from Breitbart, Barack Obama warned during the presidential primary season not to get too confident in Biden. “Don’t underestimate Joe’s ability to f*** things up,” the former president reportedly told an anonymous Democrat who first spoke with Politico in January, according to Breitbart.
Breitbart reports that the remarks from Obama were brought back to light in a separate report from Politico published last week. That report also highlighted remarks Obama allegedly made to an unnamed 2020 Democratic presidential primary candidate in 2019.
Politico magazine reported in November 2019: “[Obama] pointed out that during his own 2008 campaign, he had an intimate bond with the electorate, especially in Iowa, that he no longer has. Then he added, ‘And you know who really doesn’t have it? Joe Biden.'”
“You don’t have to do this”
Democrats may indeed have shot themselves in the foot with their choice of Joe Biden to serve as the face of their party’s 2020 White House ticket. Between his humiliating gaffes and accusations of “inappropriate behavior” by the former Delaware senator, Biden wasn’t many Democratic voters’ first choice.
Now, resurfaced remarks from Obama could be the nail in the coffin for Biden’s toppling campaign.
According to Breitbart, the former president even told Biden ahead of his 2020 White House run that he didn’t “have to do this.”
“You don’t have to do this, Joe,” Obama allegedly told Biden, according to a New York Times report cited by Breitbart. “You really don’t.”
“Putting a finger on the scale”
It seems even Biden himself recognizes that he doesn’t have his old boss’s confidence. According to Breitbart, Biden wrote in a memoir published after Trump was inaugurated that he knew Obama wouldn’t support him if he ran for the presidency in 2016.
“I knew a number of the president’s former staffers, and even a few current ones, were putting a finger on the scale for [Hillary] Clinton,” Biden wrote, according to Breitbart.
As the Democrats hold their national convention this week, Dems are breaking out all the heavyweights — including former President Obama — in an effort to drum up support for Biden. But by the way Obama has been talking in recent months, it seems “Joe 30330” is going to need more than a boost to find himself in the Oval Office come January.