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Haley suggests Dems moving to 'retire' Biden in wake of special counsel report

Haley currently trails former President Donald Trump by a considerable margin and has yet to win a nominating contest, losing this week in the Nevada GOP primary to "none of these candidates" in a race that did not include Trump.

Published: February 9, 2024 3:56pm

Former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley on Friday suggested that the Democratic Party was moving to "retire" President Joe Biden in the wake of special counsel Robert Hur's report criticizing his handling of classified materials, but declining to charge him, in part due to his conclusion that the president's age and mental state would prove obstacles to a jury conviction.

"I have long said the first party to retire its 80-year-old candidate will win the White House," Haley said in a statement. "Democrats appear on their way to doing just that. Trump runs about even with the enfeebled Biden; he would get crushed by a Democrat with a pulse."

Hur's report stated that "[o]ur investigation uncovered evidence that President Biden willfully retained and disclosed classified materials after his vice presidency when he was a private citizen." 

It "would be difficult to convince a jury that they should convict him — by then a former president well into his eighties — of a serious felony that requires a mental state of willfulness," he added "Mr. Biden would likely present himself to a jury, as he did during our interview of him, as a sympathetic, well-meaning, elderly man with a poor memory."

Republicans, including Haley, seized on the comments to scrutinize Biden's fitness office. Her remarks, however, seemed to suggest that the Democrats would use Hur's findings as justification for choosing another nominee.

"It is clear to most Americans that Biden lacks the mental capacity to effectively serve as president," she said. "Democrats are waking up to this hard truth and some are actively working to replace the Biden-Harris ticket."

Haley, then pivoted toward similar criticisms of her primary opponent, former President Donald Trump, saying he "has his own mental deficiencies, is prone to temper tantrums and wild rants, and confuses countries and who was in charge of Capitol security on January 6th."

Haley currently trails former President Donald Trump by a considerable margin and has yet to win a nominating contest, losing this week in the Nevada GOP primary to "none of these candidates" in a race that did not include Trump.

Ben Whedon is an editor and reporter for Just the News. Follow him on X, formerly Twitter.

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