Joe Biden ran for president three times before he finally won the White House. And 2020 was simply the perfect time for him to give it another go.
As he neared 80, Biden had slowed down considerably from his rambunctious days as a senator and vice president. But with the emergence of COVID, Biden barely hit the campaign trail, running his operation out of the basement of his Delaware mansion.
And let’s be frank: many Americans had tired of President Donald Trump’s act. Many independents who decided to give the outsider a shot in 2016 broke hard for Biden in 2020.
But Biden’s usefulness may have expired. While the president has declared he plans to run again in 2024, at least one lawmaker thinks Democrats are planning to jettison him for a better candidate.
They may have just the right formula. The discovery of classified documents in Biden’s garage and the U.S. attorney general’s recent appointment of a special counsel to probe the matter gives Democrats a vehicle to weaken Biden.
“I mean, there’s an element of this where it’s Joe Biden’s lawyer who turns this information over, it’s Joe Biden’s own Justice Department that’s appointed a special counsel to investigate him,” Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) told Fox News Digital.
“There’s an element to this that feels like the Democrats are taking out Joe Biden,” Gaetz said. “I don’t know that that’s the case, but I don’t know that it’s not.”
“Maybe the Democrats have realized that Joe Biden is not useful to them anymore, and they just assume toss him out and get a younger crop of candidates engaged in the next presidential race,” he said. “But just as Joe Biden is hardening the cement around his decision to run for president again, they start looking for what classified documents might have been tucked away eight years ago.”
In the last couple of months, three batches of Obama administration-era classified documents have been found on Biden’s properties: one batch at the Penn Biden Center in Washington, D.C., and two at his Wilmington, Delaware, home.
The first batch was found just days before the 2022 midterm elections, but the Department of Justice didn’t release the info until this month.
“We have a lot to learn about the content and substance of those documents, and if they relate to China, and if they were at that Biden Center at UPenn funded by China. That’s going to be a far more grave concern,” Gaetz said.