Phillips on Biden: ‘If this is vindication, vindication has never been so unfulfilling’

January 23, 2024: Democratic presidential candidate Dean Phillips addresses supporters at a New Hampshire primary election night watch party. (Ben Von Klemperer/Shutterstock)

Minnesota Democratic Congressman Dean Phillips has spoken out in response to the chaos that has engulfed President Joe Biden’s reelection campaign in the wake of a disastrous debate performance by the president just two weeks ago.

Last year, Congressman Phillips launched a quixotic bid for the 2024 Democratic presidential nomination. In challenging Biden’s status as the leader of the Democratic Party, Phillips made the argument that Biden was too old and would lose the 2024 election to Donald Trump.

At the time, Democrats across the nation were dismissive of Phillips’ candidacy and remained totally supportive of President Biden. Phillips did not win a single state. Conversely, President Biden easily swept through the primaries and is currently the presumptive nominee for the Democratic Party.

However, President Biden’s debate performance against former President Donald Trump two weeks ago was so disastrous that prominent Democrats across the country are publicly calling on Biden to suspend his campaign so a replacement candidate can be selected.

Phillips had remained quiet about the Biden debate disaster, and the unfolding series of events, until this week. According to the Associated Press, Phillips was recently asked if he felt vindicated by the calls for Biden to drop out. Phillips responded by saying, “If this is vindication, vindication has never been so unfulfilling.”

In the midst of his presidential campaign last year, Rep. Phillips announced that he would not seek reelection to his Minnesota seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. Currently, the leading candidates to replace Phillips in the west metro congressional district are Democrat Kelly Morrison and Republican Tad Jude.


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