GOSSIP & RUMORS: ‘Would you give this grandpa a high-stress job for six more years?’
CNN political commentator Van Jones mocked the idea of re-electing 80-year-old President Biden as akin to giving “grandpa a high-stress job for six more years.”
Jones, a former adviser to President Barack Obama, pointed to a new CNN poll which showed that Biden’s approval rating sank to just 39% as voters expressed worry about his advanced age and apparently declining mental acuity.
On “CNN This Morning,” co-host Poppy Harlow brought up recent comments from former Obama aide Jim Messina, who told Politico Playbook that Democrats were “f–king bedwetters” for overreacting to bad polls.
“If Jim Messina says that we’re bedwetters, invest in Pampers and Depends because a lot of people are terrified that Joe Biden is in real trouble and that you can’t talk about it,” Jones said on CNN.
“So that’s what’s going on.”
Jones conceded that Messina “is right” since “it may, in fact, be true that a year from now things look very different because there’s been a year of a real campaign, and all this kind of stuff.”
“But right now, today, I think a lot of Democrats look at these numbers and say the whispers are finally showing up in this data,” Jones said of the CNN poll.
“They worry about Joe Biden,” Jones continued. “Joe Biden’s like that grandpa that you love, that you believe in.”
“But you start to wonder, you know, would you give this grandpa a high-stress job for six more years or would you want something else for him?”
Jones floated the possibility that the latest poll numbers “may be the bottom for Joe Biden.”
“He may go up as the economy improves, but right now, the economy is getting better and fears about the economy are getting worse,” Jones added.
“We’ve got to be honest as Democrats that there’s real pain out there at the base of our party,” he said.
“People still don’t feel these [economic] policies yet, and we’re gonna have to make the case stronger.”
The CNN poll also shows former President Donald Trump beating Biden in a general election rematch 47% to 46%.
The poll showed Nikki Haley, the former governor of South Carolina who served as US ambassador to the UN under Trump, would beat Biden 49% to 43%.