Desperation: ABC Moves Up Crucial Biden Interview in Hail Mary Effort to Stem Debate Fallout

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As we reported, Team Biden thought a good way to calm the public after the president’s faceplant of a debate last Thursday would be to sit for an interview with former Clinton official and Democrat sycophant George Stephanopoulos over on ABC.

The original plan was to show excerpts of the interview on Friday and then release the full pre-taped (because the president can’t even do it live) remarks on Sunday—but that plan has now been scrapped.

ABC has now announced that the entire interview will air Friday at 8 p.m. Eastern, with a preview played beforehand on “World News Tonight with David Muir” at 6:30 p.m.

The smell of desperation in the air is overwhelming.

Biden will sit for the talk on Friday morning—during his “dependably engaged” hours of 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.—and ABC says that it will release the full unedited transcript on that day. 

Commentator and author David Limbaugh claims that ABC didn’t make the move on its own, the WH demanded it:

It’s unclear how much ABC will edit the tape and what tone Stephanopolous will set—will he continue in his role gaslighting as a Dem operative and posing as a journalist, or will he try to salvage what’s left of his reputation by demanding actual answers from Biden?

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The stakes are high after Biden’s chances of winning reelection in November went into freefall as he delivered a meandering, confused, out-of-it performance against his nemesis and presumptive GOP Donald Trump during the CNN debate heard ’round the world. As more and more major media outlets and Democrat politicians call on him to step aside, the pressure has been mounting to unsustainable levels. Something’s got to give—either he’s got to find a way to reassure his constituency that he’s not completely mentally compromised, or he’s got to get out of the way—and quickly if the Dems are going to any semblance of a chance this fall.

Although I thought his State of the Union speech in March was divisive, angry, and un-American, he nevertheless was able to get through it without looking like he had serious dementia. If he’s able to pull it together for this interview and come across as in charge of his faculties, it might just buy him another day.

Based on other recent performances, though—meaning besides the debate—it’s unclear if he even has the ability to pull it off, regardless of what preparations he undergoes.

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I can almost picture the poor Biden aide tasked with calling ABC to desperately shriek, “The ship is sinking; we gotta do something! Forget Sunday—we need that interview up ASAP!”

They may come to regret that stance if Biden bombs once again. Grab the popcorn.

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