Biden faces pressure from growing list of Democrats and donors calling on him to step aside

July 10, 2024
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New York Lt. Gov. Antonio Delgado said that Biden should withdraw from the presidential race in a statement posted today on X .

Delgado, a Democrat, said that Biden “deserves eternal gratitude” for his accomplishments, including defeating Trump in 2020 and leading the U.S. out of the pandemic.

“I have immense respect and admiration for his deep and abiding commitment to the American people and our founding democratic ideals. He can add to his legacy, showing his strength and grace, by ending his campaign and making room for a new leader,” Delgado said in the statement.

“There is no greater threat to our democracy than former President Donald Trump,” he said.

Delgado went on to say that he joins “millions of Americans” who he said are “expressing legitimate concerns” about Biden’s ability to defeat Trump.

“Sustaining our collective belief in democracy and trust in our democratic institutions requires those of us in elected office to be straight with the American people,” he said. “Dismissing these voices out of hand is misguided and dangerous.”

Delgado’s statement is notable as New York Gov. Kathy Hochul has reiterated her support for Biden as the Democratic nominee, including after she attended the in-person White House meeting between Biden and Democratic governors last week.

Delgado previously served in Congress, representing the region now served by Rep. Pat Ryan, D-N.Y., who, earlier today, also called on Biden to drop out.



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