As the 2024 presidential election gains momentum, certain Republicans and former officials from the Trump administration are expressing their backing for President Joe Biden over former President Donald Trump. Their support stems from concerns about Trump’s potential impact on U.S. democracy, as revealed by State Of The Union on January 23, 2024. Polling suggests a willingness among some Republicans to vote for Biden, potentially influencing the outcome of the November election.
Sarah Matthews, a former press aide on Trump’s 2020 campaign, stated, “While I’ve never voted for a Democrat a day in my life, I would support Biden over Trump if he becomes the GOP nominee. I won’t support someone who refused to participate in a peaceful transfer of power, tried to overthrow a free and fair election, and incited a mob to attack the U.S. Capitol.”
Ammar Moussa, a Biden campaign spokesperson, responded, “President Biden ran for president to unite the country, and has governed for all Americans with red states and blue states benefiting from the historic infrastructure legislation, lower costs on prescription drugs, and a boom in manufacturing jobs.” They welcomed the support of individuals concerned about the perceived threat that Donald Trump and extremists pose to freedom and democracy.
While Trump currently leads in national and swing state polling, the election’s outcome may hinge on each candidate’s ability to mobilize their base. Notable Republicans like former Rep. Adam Kinzinger and Sen. Mitt Romney have indicated they would support Biden over Trump. Kinzinger emphasized his belief in America over the Republican Party, stating, “I think it’s highly likely that it’s gonna be Biden against Trump. And in that case, there is no question who I would support.”
Anthony Scaramucci framed the election as a battle for democracy, while former Rep. Liz Cheney highlighted the distinction between disagreeing with Biden’s policies and the potential threat to the Constitution. David Axelrod pointed out the significance of addressing concerns about the legitimacy of the election and the fitness of President Trump.
Trump, facing multiple criminal prosecutions as he seeks a return to the White House, has denied any cognitive decline and has accused Biden of being senile and weak. He maintains that he is the victim of a “witch hunt” and a “hoax” orchestrated by the “deep state” and the “fake news media.”