As Democrats prepare to replace ageing Joe Biden as their Democrat nominee in 2024, many prominent players are beginning to make moves as the party does everything within its power to stop Donald Trump from becoming president again.
You might be asking, who can possibly go up against Trump?
Democrats know Trump is unbeatable, so it’s no surprise they have a bunch of dirty tricks up their sleeve come 2024.
Earlier this week, Kari Lake said Biden would be replaced at the last second, noting it is “pretty obvious” to anyone paying attention.
“It’s pretty obvious if you’re watching,” Lake said.
“I think they know that Joe Biden is going to be such a disaster that the Democrat Party will collapse if he is on the ticket,” Lake added.
The Democrats salivating over the prospect of being able to jump into the race include the following:
Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer
California Governor Gavin Newsom
Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker
It’s not clear when Democrats will dump Biden and replace him with another candidate.
However, they will probably wait all the way up to their national convention to make their move.
Democratic governors and senators are quietly moving to boost their national profiles and position themselves to run for president in 2028 — or in 2024, if President Biden unexpectedly drops out.
Why it matters: The ambitious, next-generation Democrats all support Biden’s re-election — but they’re drawing battle lines for the next race for the White House.
The early jockeying is also a hedge against Biden, 80, having a health scare or deciding not to run for re-election before the Democratic National Convention next August, several high-ranking Democratic officials tell Axios.
What we’re watching: In recent months, more than half a dozen Democratic lawmakers have established national political organizations, embarked on resume-building foreign trips, and visited states that traditionally hold early presidential primaries.
Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker, Pennsylvania Gov. Josh Shapiro and California Rep. Ro Khanna have traveled to New Hampshire in recent months — and Khanna returned this week to debate GOP presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy.
New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker — who ran for president in 2020 — already has $10 million cash on hand for a 2026 Senate re-election bid that he could transfer to a 2024 presidential campaign.
Booker will headline a panel in South Carolina on health care and abortion rights on Nov. 18, and is involved in the Charleston mayoral race, in which his former aide Clay Middleton is a candidate.