Sarah May
December 24, 2023

Rep. Dean Phillips: Sending Biden to White House for second term a 'dangerous' proposition

It is no secret that millions of American voters harbor serious reservations about President Joe Biden's fitness for office, with some effectively diagnosing him with cognitive decline, and now Rep. Dean Phillips (D-MN), who is challenging the president for the party's 2024 nomination, has declared it “dangerous” to send him to the White House for another term, as the Washington Examiner reported.

Phillips revealed his assessment during an interview with the New York Post last week, and while he called Biden “a good man,” he added that his advancing age is a real handicap when it comes to leading the nation for an additional four years.

Red flags raised

Speaking to the outlet in New Hampshire on Thursday, Phillips mused, “We're human beings, and I think it's irresponsible for Americans to place in the White House presidents who are in their 80s.”

“I think it's wrong, I think it's dangerous,” the candidate added.

Adding to the danger, Phillips argued, is the fact that for people in Biden's age range, a medical issue is “always around the corner.”

America, in Phillips' estimation, cannot “take that risk in an era like this.”

Assessing Trump

Though GOP frontrunner Donald Trump is not much younger than Biden, Phillips has long suggested that Biden stands little chance of defeating an opponent who voters simply do not perceive to be as affected by the ravages of time as the current president.

Phillips also believes that Trump poses a different set of threats to the country, however, and that a Democrat other than Biden is best suited to win in November.

“There's danger in an initiative that Donald Trump seems to wish to pursue, which I think is to undermine the very foundations of institutions of democracy,” he said.

The congressman derided those on the left who employ comparisons of Trump to Hitler in an attemt to make a similar point, saying, “I think [Trump is] a man who lacks character, and he's a narcissist. I do not believe he is analogous to Hitler whatsoever, and I think people who say that are causing worse problems for the country than they're solving.”

Not the only one

Phillips is certainly not the only member of Congress who has voiced real worries about Biden's mental status, with former White House physician-turned-lawmaker Rep. Ronny Jackson recently reiterating his frequent warnings about where things are likely to go from here, as Fox News noted.

Regarding Biden's cognitive decline, Jackson said it is “happening quickly” and added, “It's just unbelievable how much he's degenerated during his time in office. We cannot afford to have this man in office for the remainder of this term and then [for] another four years after that,” voicing a sentiment that seems to gain steam among the electorate by the day.

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