Former DHS sec. says if Biden decides not to run in 2024, he should announce ‘as soon as possible’

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Former Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said Sunday he was unsure if President Biden had decided to run again in 2024, but noted that if he decided not to run, he would should announce it before the midterm elections.

“Meet the Press” host Chuck Todd asked Johnson how Biden felt disrespected by the Democratic Party. Todd said Biden felt like the party “never really respected me” and asked Johnson if the president was right.

“In a sense, yes,” Johnson said. “I don’t know, and it’s just instinct, I don’t know if Joe Biden has definitely decided to run in 2024. I’m sure at some point he will have this conversation with his family. My advice would be unconventional. If you’re not showing up, make that announcement as soon as possible.”

Former DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson said on “Meet the Press” on Sunday that if Biden decides not to run in 2024, he should announce it as soon as possible.
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“It opens the floodgates,” Todd noted.

Johnson said it would allow others to “organize” and give would-be Democrats time to prepare. “Do the opposite of what Donald Trump is going to do, which is to keep us all on our toes until the last minute.”

The New York Times reported on Tuesday that Biden was annoyed by the issues surrounding him in 2024, saying he and his top aides felt “a lack of respect from their party and the press.”

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President Joe Biden delivers remarks at Morehouse College and Clark Atlanta University in Atlanta, Georgia on January 11, 2022.
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Todd asked NBC Capitol Hill correspondent Ali Vitali where this “hammering” among Democrats is coming from, adding that he thinks it’s coming from those who want to run for president and governorships.

“I also think there’s some consternation around the idea that Biden came in saying he would restore institutional norms, and maybe that’s because we’re going through the January 6 hearings, and that’s ‘maybe because the economy looks the way it does, but there’s this feeling that ‘you promised me this would be normal and this doesn’t feel like a normality that I want to accept'”, she said. “So we are definitely post-normal in the sense that that means.”

She added that it was a “turbulent time for female leadership” and said many felt there were strong female leaders in the party, which could contribute to criticism of Biden.

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President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden arrive at the White House Correspondents’ Association annual dinner, April 30, 2022, in Washington.
(AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

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The New York Times reported on June 11 that many Democratic lawmakers are concerned about Biden’s leadership abilities as 2024 approaches.

“Many Democratic lawmakers and party officials are expressing frustration with President Biden‘s struggle to advance much of his agenda, doubting his ability to save the party from a planned midterm punch and the increasingly seen as an anchor expected to be detached in 2024,” the report said.

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